Man City pay tribute to Malcolm Allison


Manchester City have paid tribute to Malcolm Allison, following the death of their former manager at the age of 83.

Allison, alongside Joe Mercer, led City to the First Division title, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup in arguably their greatest period in history.

He managed the club on his own on two further occasions but was best remembered for the successful partnership he forged with Mercer in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Club ambassador Mike Summerbee, who played in that successful side, told the club's official website:"Malcolm changed football by making us train like athletes, in that respect he was ahead of his time and he was a great tactician as well.

"He was also one of the lads – in effect he was the 12th player from the sidelines, but he knew how to crack the whip and we respected him.

"He was a great psychologist – he knew how to handle me and how to get more out of me. He did the same for Colin Bell, Francis Lee, Neil Young and all of that great side."

A club statement added: "Flamboyant, brilliant and larger than life, Malcolm will be sorely missed by everyone at the club and beyond."

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