Fans from the blue half of Manchester have scarcely had it better. Whilst Roberto Mancini will find himself a manager under constant pressure to achieve, the poor form of the sides around City in the table have given the Italian a real chance at driving his vastly talented squad into title contention as the race enters the back straight.
Blackpool’s constant stream of achievement is remarkable. Their resilience in holding off a rampant Sunderland to record a scarcely credible 2-0 victory, is testament to a squad that have defied critics’ claims that desire and team spirit are not enough to thrive in the top flight.
Ian Holloway has come out and openly criticised the level of City spending over the last two years, and whilst the former Plymouth manager may long for even a fraction of that budget, the strength in depth that the Manchester club possess is likely to be a key factor as we move through the Christmas programme of fixtures.