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Guest Blog: Brian Horton

  • 13 September 2013 13:36
  • Posted by @NieldyMCFC

The next in our series of guest blogs from former MCFC stars and managers.

Brian Horton’s tenure at the club is fondly remembered by a certain generation of City fans for exciting attacking football and the emergence of a number of Maine Road cult heroes. Now assistant to Paul Dickov at Doncaster Rovers, Brian discusses how he views the club nowadays and how the role of the manager has changed…

It was the pinnacle of my managerial career to be in charge at City in the nineties, and a time that I look back upon with the fondest of memories. Maine Road was a fantastic venue to play in and to manage in, and the fans were just fantastic, and still are.

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Now of course, the Etihad is their home and I still like to attend City games when I can. I have recently been asked to go to Prestwich and Whitefield’s supporters’ branch to help celebrate their 20th year, and I’m always well looked after.

Obviously, I can’t do as much at City now as I’m back working with Paul Dickov at Doncaster but whenever I do go to a game or a supporters club branch, I’m always overwhelmed by the warmth of the reception I receive.

If there’s any set of fans who deserve success, it’s City supporters, and it’s wonderful what’s happening to the football club now because it’s going to a different level. The team have some fantastic players and a great chance to win things again this season.

It’s not only City that have changed since my time at the club, but football as a whole, and one element of that is the role of the manager.

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It’s more about the coaches now. A lot of the big clubs have Directors of Football or Chief Executives, whereas, in my time, you didn’t. It was just the Chairman, the Manager and the Secretary that did everything!

The changes are for the benefit of the game though, so more and more are coming. The Directors and Chief Executives go out and get the players, and you coach them to try and win things. It’s a totally different field to how it was, but you have to move with the times, and it’s a proven set-up that has brought success to a lot of club in this country and in Europe.

Looking back, I never regret anything in football. Whatever I do is part and parcel of life and I certainly don’t regret anything I did at City because it was a fantastic team and a fantastic time. It was an honour and privilege to be associated with the club, and that’s one thing which will never change.

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