, through Manchester City Football Club, has come to know Manchester City Council's vision for regeneration and its ability to deliver major initiatives effectively" (Jupp, 2014).
City and ADUG
are hoping this more local approach will help the club to gain prominence in a global market dominated by Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and other more established names in football.
Whether all these foreign investors is good for English football is a much more complicated question and far more difficult to assess but no one could argue that the ADUG
involvement is not preferable to Thaksin Shinawatra who astonishingly has made an estimated Au80 million on his 14-month spell at the helm.
Now all ADUG
want to see is there investment being repaid.
A statement released earlier yesterday on behalf of ADUG
said that Shinawatra would be "without any administrative responsibilities".
Within 24 hours of its takeover of Manchester City, ADUG
spelled out its commitment by securing the services of Brazilian striker, Robinho, from Real Madrid for a British record fee of $47m.
football is a passion and it is about image," ADUG
board member Sulaiman al-Fahim said.
Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, of the Abu Dhabi royal family, who are worth EUR1 trillion, is the driving force behind ADUG
Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim, front man for ADUG
, is convinced City will now have no problem and the audacious signing of Robinho - on pounds 160,000 a week - was proof of their ability to do just that.
Al-Farim concrmed that ADUG
had also considered investing in Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool before deciding to press ahead with a buy-out - thought to be worth around pounds 150million - of the Eastlands outfit.
Al-Farim confirmed that ADUG
had also considered investing in City's Premier League rivals Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool before deciding to press ahead with a buy-out - thought to be worth around pounds 150m - of the Eastlands outfit.
So the upshot is ADUG
are at something of a crossroads.