City chief reveals youth blueprint
- Fri 22 Mar 2013, 8:30AM
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
City’s Chief Executive Officer Ferran Soriano is quoted this morning in several of Friday’s papers, revealing his plans for future success for the Blues.
In a rare interview in Gazzetta dello Sport, Ferran praises the work of Roberto Mancini as well as expressing a desire that City should follow a blueprint of success established at his former club Barcelona.
Ian Herbert in The Independent writes: “Soriano clearly wants more players coming through the academy, now headed up by the former football director Brian Marwood. ‘My way of football? One year you can win with luck, but in the long-term you need planning and investments to reach the final of the Champions League.
‘In 2003, we did a study at Barcelona. For each player delivered to the first team from the cantera [academy] there was an average cost of €2.4m [£2m]. That's nothing if you think of the current costs in the game. Even at the age of five years you should get the style of the club, then the rewards will come.
Our problem is to find players stronger than the ones we have and that is not easy. There are rumours about players coming to City, but I never comment on transfer market rumours
'In the last three years there have been losses of €235m [£199m], then of €118m [£100m] and now there is a 'red line' of €59m [£50] [imposed by Uefa's financial fair-play regime.
‘But we also have just invested €150m [£127m] for the infrastructure of our youth system – [the Etihad Campus]. It's a fantastic project, focusing on financial sustainability."
Elsewhere, in a day of few stories about the Blues, there is a snippet about the referee who was in charge of City’s 2-2 draw with Ajax earlier in the season. The official received criticism for several decisions made during that game and is now hanging up his whistle.
Dan King in The Sun writes: “Danish ref Rasmussen, 37, said: ‘It is a decision I have been pondering for a year now, so it is not a sudden decision other than maybe the Man City match was the final straw.’
The above story proves there is very little else around today!