Six years ago we were heading to the knock out stage and eventually a second finals with AC Milan in Champs League.
And thanks to that, we were able to attract top class talent to come here. Then Tom Hicks showed up and proceeded to bleed the club dry, telling all and sundry that if they came here and accepted a pay cut, that good things were around the corner, and promise, honest, wouldn't lie to you guv, we'll be bringing in more world class players and you'll get a much better contract. And we saw how that worked out. The world class players, sick of being lied to and treated like shite got fed up and legged it. New owners came in, said from the start that they weren't rich sheikhs, but still let us spend over £110m on players in 2011, the majority of whom weren't even worth half of what we paid for them. (And it was going on before that, with a combined £40m spunked on Alberto Aquilani and Robbie Keane.)
So SoueysTasch is right. We've had several years of utter fucking incompetence in the transfer market since that night in Athens, as well as three of those years seeing us owned by crooks. That's not an easy thing to right. We're in the middle of the table, scrapping in the UEFA Cup, and those who think that flinging squillions of pounds around as a way to fix it is living in cuckooland. The transfer budget of Man City isn't there, the notion of silly wages isn't there, nor is the lure of living in a glamourous major city, nor is the promise of playing in the Champions League. If we want to get back to the big boys' table, we have to do it with nous and hard work. Buying intelligently in the market, developing our own players, and most importantly making sure every player in a red jersey is putting in 100% day in, day out, working towards the cause.