Guest blog: Steve McMahon
- 09 May 2013 12:48
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
The Liverpool born midfielder who played 87 league games for City recently returned to the home of the Blues in his capacity as a broadcaster for Fox International…
I’m back at the Etihad covering the game against West Ham for the station which is based in Singapore where I’ve been living for the past eight years.
I’m really enjoying this side of things and I have gained a great insight into how popular the game is in the region.
Our coverage is shown all over South East Asia, there will be between 600 to 800 million people watching this game today. It has to be said that the fans are still mostly Manchester United and Liverpool, but success will elevate City in the next few years, I’m sure of that.
The global brand is important to City and it will take time, but the audience figures are on a different level – I don’t think people realise how big the game is in Asia.
The job also gives me the opportunity to travel to a lot of games and it’s always nice to be back at The Etihad Stadium. I plied my trade at Maine Road of course, but it’s always nice to come here, it’s a lovely ground – as was Maine Road.
The fans are great too. What I remember most about playing for City was the passion of the supporters. I think you had to be a particular type of player to play for City because if things weren’t going right, the fans would let you know!
When everything was going great, it was great, but you had to be a strong person to get through the bad times and City and we certainly had enough of them.
But it is a magnificent club with tremendous supporters, I loved every minute of my time here and I’m glad to see that it is on the up and up.
The club has a lot of energy about it with the FA Cup final on the horizon and I have to say, I’m really looking forward to that.
It has always been a very special competition for me. I always talk about it in Asia and try to stress to our viewers how special it is and that it is a magnificent achievement to win the trophy.
City know that, they’ve tasted it and I think they need to win it to end the season on a high. I’m confident they will because, for me, they are the better side.
In fact, in my opinion, City are the best team pound for pound in the Premier League. It’s a shame Manchester United have won it by such a big margin because City are the best team in the league, without a shadow of a doubt.
They just haven’t been consistent enough this year, but that will come because I really believe they have the talent to make that happen.