Date: 20th January 2009 at 10:39pm
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At the best of times, being a Manchester City supporter is to say the least, testing.

After years of playing second fiddle to a neighbouring team, isn’t it about time we, Blues fans cast aside the torment of playing a so-called backstage warm-up act and featured as the main performer?

Money does not bring prizes, or in our case, trophies. Garry Cook has done everything in his power to bring one of the world’s finest players to Eastlands, in this case, Kaka. Ronaldinho shunned us in the summer, but who will be next?

Mr Bellamy (second string signing) is to replace Jo as one of our strikers, yes a proven goal scorer, but having played for eight previous clubs, will Craig be the City saviour?

Noel Gallagher said on Radio 5 Live (Tuesday 20 January) that Mark Hughes needs to be given time, although he doubts he’ll be the manager come the end of the season. If that is the case, who will come to our rescue, Garry Cook?

Within my lifetime, I can predict one thing. Manchester City will no longer be playing second fiddle to no one, including those crawling around the Swamp. Me, I’m only a whipper-snapper at 45, but I can go to my bed rest assured that as long as a breath, Manchester City, (and within a short space of time) will be looking down at the Rags and others in the so-called top four with contempt.

We are still in the hunt of winning the UEFA Cup. We are still in hunt of finishing within the top eight in the Premier League. We are still in the hunt of signing the best players in the world. We are City.