Manchester City had for long been a club that was noted for calamitous developments that saw the club struggle for a long time through the 1980s. In fact, they even suffered the ignominy of crashing down to the 3rd tier of English football back in 1998. Those days are no longer of any consequence for the club and ever since the club was taken over by Abu Dhabi City Group back in 2008 from former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for £210 million, City have become one of the Premier League's leading lights.
The hyper spending from Sheikh Mansour eclipsed anything Chelsea's Roman Abramovich did for the London club but there was a method to the madness. Since then, have City won the Premier League in 2012 for the first time since 1968 and followed it up with another title 2 years later.
They are well placed to win the league next year as well. However, it has not only been about the massive investments. The new owners have created an infrastructure that could see the club dominate the Premier League for years and here are the 5 primary reasons why they are well placed to do so.
#5 The Appointment of Pep Guardiola
Despite the fact that Manchester City had once been a successful club in the past, its recent history was that of a club which was trying to bring success through massive investment and there was this impression that it was not a prestigious enough destination for elite professionals, despite the high wages on offer.
The managers like Mancini and Pellegrini might have been successful during their respective reigns but they were not really among the world's best when City appointed them.
However, it all changed with the appointment of Pep Guardiola in 2016 and it was the first real indication that the club was a destination of choice for the best professionals in the business. Guardiola is arguably the world's best manager and plenty of clubs, including city rivals Manchester United were in for him but City's dogged pursuit of the Catalan proved decisive.
It was a big statement and needless to say, it opened the doors for truly world-class talents like Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy among others to join the project. Better players will surely join in the years to come and once Guardiola leaves, the world's best coaches will also by queueing up for the top job. The Guardiola appointment is perhaps one of the biggest breakthroughs in the club's history and will pave the way for long-term domination of the English top flight.