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Thread: The demise of Manchester United

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    An overview of the top spending English clubs by decade


    Decade: 1970s
    Top Spending Club: Arsenal
    Amount Spent: £1.9 million
    Trophies: 4


    Notable signing:*Pat Jennings*f
    Overview:*The dawn of the 70s was a decade of firsts for the North London club. In 1970 they won their first ever European trophy, the prestigious Inter-Cities Fair Cup. The following year the Gunners achieved their first League and Cup double. However, after such a strong start to the decade, Arsenal somewhat faltered. Though they did pick up near the end of the 70s reaching 3 FA Cup finals in a row. A win in the '79 final, sandwiched in between two final defeats in '78 and '80. They also missed the chance to claim another European trophy, losing on penalties to Valencia in the European Cup Winner's Cup Final in 1980 (although that's a completely different decade)....*transitions onto the 80s



    Decade: 1980s
    Top Spending Club: Everton
    Amount Spent: £11.7 million
    Trophies: 8


    Notable signing:*Gary Lineker*
    Overview:*The 80s, a decade of questionable haircuts, equally questionable music but also a decade of Merseyside dominance in English football. The Toffees won their first trophy of the decade in the shape of the FA Cup in 1984 under manager Howard Kendall. The following year they won the league, with neighbours Liverpool in 2nd place. That same year Everton won their first (and only) European trophy, the European Cup Winners cup in Rotterdam. An historic treble was on the cards, if it weren't for Norman Whiteside's goal for Man Utd in the FA Cup final. Everton would have entered the European cup but all English clubs were banned from Europe after the Heysel disaster. In 1986 Everton lost out on both the FA Cup final and the league to Liverpool (finishing 2 points behind them). Evertonians were starting to get used to travelling to Wembley, where they hold the bizarre record of winning 4 Community Shields in a row in '84, '85, '86 and '87. In 1987 Everton got their revenge when they beat Liverpool to the league title again. In 1989 they lost again to city neighbours Liverpool in the FA Cup final. It was a famous but emotional final where both sets of supporters were still in shock from the Hillsborough disaster that occurred a month before hand. Unfortunately for Everton they declined just as soon as the Premier League era money was coming in, and the 90s were not a pleasant decade for the blues...*transitions onto the 90s



    Decade: 1990s
    Top Spending Club: Newcastle
    Amount Spent: £109.8 million
    Trophies: 0


    Notable signing:*Alan Shearer*
    Overview:*Newcastle started the decade in Division 2, languishing there for 3 years until promotion to the Premier League in 1993 under Kevin Keegan. In their first year back in the top flight they finished a very respectable 3rd. The following season Newcastle claim so close to winning their first trophy in donkeys years (their last being the same year man first landed on the moon). At one stage in the season Keegan's men were 12 points clear of Man Utd, but they somewhat imploded and finished 4 points behind Fergie. The year after they finished runners-up again, qualifying for the Champions League for the first time. Keegan left in '97 and was replaced by Kenny Dalglish, who was later replaced by Ruud Gullit. Although they declined in the league, the Magpies reached 2 FA Cup finals in a row, losing to the double winning Arsenal side in 1998 and the treble winning Man Utd side in 1999. In the early 2000s under Sir Bobby Robson they qualified for the champions league again, however since then their fortunes have "varied" to put it nicely.



    Decade: 2000’s
    Top Spending Club: Chelsea
    Amount Spent: £529.7 million
    Trophies: 11


    Notable signing:*Didier Drogba*
    Overview:*Contrary to popular belief on here, Chelsea did exist before 2003. In fact in the 90s they were a strong cup side winning an FA Cup, a League Cup, a European Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup. Then in 2000 they won the last ever FA Cup final to be played at the Old Wembley via a famous Di Matteo goal. In 2003, a certain Jesper Grønkjær goal which gave Chelsea Champions League qualification might have influenced a certain Russian to take over the club, who a year later appointed a certain Portuguese manager to the club. Under Mourinho Chelsea won the Premier League in his first season, the blues first league title since 1955. The following year they won the league again, becoming the fifth club to win the league back to back since WW2. Mourinho also won the League Cup in 2005 and 2 FA Cups in 2005 and 2007. In a shock move Mourinho left the club in 2007 and was replaced by Avram Grant. Grant led the club to their first Champions League final, in Moscow. A final to forget for Chelsea, which will be remembered for John Terry's famous slip in the penalty shoot out. In 2009 under Guus Hiddink they won the FA Cup again. The following decade however was a hard decade for Chelsea fans, they won the Champions League, the Premier League twice, the FA Cup twice, the Europa League and the League Cup once, added on top of that they finished a meagre 11th in the 2015/16 Premier League season.



    Decade: 2010 - 2015
    Top Spending Club: Manchester City
    Amount Spent: £665.1 million
    Trophies: 5


    Notable signing:*Sergio Agüero*
    Overview:*Although the decade is only half way through it's course, Manchester City have already spent more than the teams from the last 4 decades combined. With similarities to the last club we discussed, in 2008 Man City were taken over by this bloke from Abu Dhabi who had a bit of cash. In 2009 City spent nearly 100 million on world class players such as Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz, Kolo Touré, Emmanuel Adebayor,and Joleon Lescott. In December 2009, Sparky was replaced by an Italian who went by the name of Roberto Mancini. In 2011, Man City beat neighbours Man Utd in the FA Cup semi-final to set up a final against Stoke. They won that final 1-0 in doing so winning their first trophy since 1976. It didn't stop there. The following season City trailed United by 8 points with only 6 games to play. However with 3 games left to play Man Utd fucked up against Everton drawing 4-4 and suddenly City were back in it. A game later was the Manchester Derby where City took control of the title race after a resounding header by Vincent Kompany. In the final game of the season, not much happened, I think Aguero scored? and City beat QPR comfortably and won the title (their first since 1968). A year after that they fucked up in the FA Cup final and somehow lost to Wigan Athletic, bye bye Mancini. He was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini who won the league cup and league title with City in the 2013/14 season. Manuel will have to thank Steven Gerrard for that league title, it was his fuck up against Chelsea that made it possible.




    An interesting take...

    Newcastle seem to be the only genuine anomaly... They got close - but no cigar..

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    Poor Everton

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    Quote Originally Posted by justincredible View Post
    It's going to be funny seeing Neville, Keane and Ferdinand being bundled into the back of a police van, they were likely the ring leaders
    "If Everton were playing at the bottom of my garden, i'd close the curtains”

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    2009/10 through to January 2020
    Manchester City have spent approximately

    £1.5 BILLION

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    10 Trophies

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    £1.5BILLION SPENT
    £435MILLION INCOMING

    NET SPEND £1.065 BILLION

    SEASON 2009/10 to January 2020

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    Odion Ighalo

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    38 points ahead of them

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    Let's not forget they used to get away with shit like this and worse numerous times over the course of every single season when Ferguson was there, penalties for dives, penalties not given for blatantly mistimed challenges in the box, offside goals given etc etc etc

    "If Everton were playing at the bottom of my garden, i'd close the curtains”

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    Also when bitter Keane was losing it with Carra and Souness winding him up after our recent 2-0 bumming of the filthy and he piped up, and I quote "Well teams can win the Champions League now without even winning the league!" why did neither of them slap him down and remind him that his lot are forever harping back to their treble when 79 points was good enough to win the Premier League, pre Chelsea and pre City and there was no VAR and decisions most definitely did NOT 'even themselves out over the season' and guess what, they finished 2nd in 97/98
    "If Everton were playing at the bottom of my garden, i'd close the curtains”

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