Manchester City ball: do we have any advance on 19 players getting sacked?
When Manchester City narrowly lost to Monaco in the Champions’ League, the media began to wonder which players would be looking for new jobs. Football is a brutal, nasty, venal business. Players kick a ball to the best of the abilities over a short career. The day after a match the hacks give them marks out of ’10’ and tell the failures they’d best start looking for new clubs.
In the excitement of guessing which working men will be shunted out the door, the press roll the dice. How many players are leaving Man City?
13: ‘Manchester City to axe THIRTEEN players in summer as Pep Guardiola plots squad overhaul’ (Daily Mirror).
15: ‘Skipper Vincent Kompany is set to head a potential 15-player Etihad exodus as boss Guardiola recognises his squad is not fit for purpose’ (The Sun)
17: ‘Pep Guardiola set to axe Manchester City flops with 17 players fearing for their futures ahead of clear-out’ (Daily Mail).
18: ‘Pep Guardiola set for Manchester City clearout with 18 players at risk’ (The Guardian).
19: ‘There are doubts over the futures of as many as 19 of his [Guardiola’s] existing squad
Any advance on 19?