Up for the Cup
Still luxuriating in the afterglow of City's emphatic win last night. I know it's far to early in the season to predict anything but if I recollect correctly, last time we were two nil up at home to Liverpool, it was them that added a third, not us. It is the beginning of a very football dominated week for Manchester
but taking a longer term-perspective, Manchester City's two home games have rather less significance than the visit of another team - inspectors from FIFA, here to scrutinise England's 2018 World Cup bid. A successful World Cup bid, and I hope it is successful, would mean a major financial committment for the Council, and Manchester's love of football alone is not enough to justify that expenditure. Munich reckon they benefitted economically to the tune of £80m from hosting group games in the 2006 World Cup. That translates to a lot of jobs and a lot of exposure. A successful England bid would see even more group games in Manchester, would further cement our world-wide reputation as one of the best cities in the world for world class sport, and would be a major economic boost. We also have a track record of delivery, not only but especially the Commonwealth Games. We promised then a world-class event and real local benefits with no increase in Council Tax or cuts in services to pay for it. We delivered on that and can promise the same if the World Cup comes to Manchester. Sporting and organisational excellence coupled with jobs for Manchester people at a cost we can afford.