Bayern were sluggish after the winter break and were made to pay but it didn’t stop them winning the title. While other teams have been unable, or unwilling, to compete with Man City's spending, time will tell if the Sheik's costly investments are worth it. The noisy neighbours were unstoppable on … Real were already leading 1-0 from the first leg and then doubles by Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo saw Bayern unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League. When I first saw the headline that Manchester City was reporting a calendar year loss of £194.9 million ($307.7 million) I thought that I must have read it incorrectly. Already Man City's shirt sponsor, Etihad is run by the the current President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa. While seeing the need to comply with the rules, privately City are bullish too. Uefa will analyse top clubs' accounts for the three years before that, starting with the current 2011-12 financial year, and the rules allow clubs to lose just €45m (£38.5m) in total over those three years. With UEFA's Financial Fair Play Rules being phased in over the next two seasons, Man City are banking on their investments to bring the club success. 15. When I first saw the headline that Manchester City was reporting a calendar year loss of £194.9 million ($307.7 million) I thought that I must have read it incorrectly. Record defeat – 1–8 v. Wolverhampton Wanderers, First Division, 26 September 1953; Record League defeat – 1–8 v. Wolverhampton Wanderers, First Division, 26 September 1953; Manchester United worst defeats. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Added to the £500m Mansour invested up to May 31 2010, he has now spent an unprecedented £800m on the football club, to bankroll the expenditure on transfer fees and wages the club would otherwise not have been able to afford. The Sheikh's plans are for City to be a regular participant in Europe's most lucrative club competition. The latter also stands as the largest away win in the history of the Premier League, and indeed of all time in the top tier of English football. Graham Wallace, the club's chief operating office, said the 2010-11 financial year, in which those signings of top players added to the mountainous wage bill already accumulated, will be City's worst. Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick with Neymar netting a late fourth to pile on the misery. Ally McCoist's latest rant against 'shambolic' new handball rule - It's making a mockery of football! A huge revenue stream is guaranteed from City's 10-year stadium naming rights deal with Etihad Airways. The loss on that huge scale, bankrolled by the club's oil-rich owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan during the third year since he bought City in 2008, eclipses the previous biggest loss ever made, £141m by Chelsea in 2005, the second year of their ownership by the oil oligarch Roman Abramovich. So far Mansour has seen a return on his investment on the pitch. They hope to show Uefa a "trend" towards breaking even by 2014-15 even if the losses have not been sufficiently staunched. Since Mansour purchased the team three years ago, Man City has spent over £500 million combined on player salaries and transfer fees. Manchester City have announced the biggest loss in English football history, £197m for the most recent financial year. A loss on such record-breaking scale raises immediate concerns about whether City have any chance of complying with Uefa's "financial fair play" rules, which will apply to clubs in European competitions from the 2014-15 season. Fri 18 Nov 2011 14.01 GMT Their 6-1 derby victory over United last month highlighted a sudden startling contrast between the Manchester club which has been pumped up by £800m owner investment, and United which, as their latest financial figures revealed this week, has now had £578m drained out by the Glazer family's 2005 debt-laden takeover. Manchester United‘s heaviest home defeats in 56 years. Here at talkSPORT.com, we’ve taken a look at those losses the Spaniard would probably want to forget. All the money has gone in as equity, in new shares, making it permanent, not as loans. Guardiola was used to inflicting this kind of scoreline while he was Barcelona manager and had an unhappy return to the Nou Camp. During the 2010-11 financial year City signed Jérôme Boateng for £10.5m, Edin Dzeko for £27m, David Silva for £26m, Yaya Touré for £24m, Aleksandar Kolarov for £19m, Mario Balotelli for £24m and James Milner for £26m, an extraordinary series of player purchases totalling £156.5m. It was Guardiola’s last season before heading to Man City where he would sign De Bruyne. The net loss City made on their operations, £160.5m, was increased by £34.4m writing off the value of several players signed previously, including the Brazilian striker, Jô. The Financial Fair Play Rules are coming. All rights reserved. 15. It was one of the worst defeats Guardiola has suffered in his managerial career and the first time one of his teams had conceded five goals. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Download the talkSPORT app NOW – the best way to listen live. This was a defeat Guardiola described at the time as his worst as a manager. First published on Fri 18 Nov 2011 14.01 GMT. This table lists all the Manchester City players with more than 400 appearances for the club. City's loss was made principally by buying players to make Roberto Mancini's squad strong enough to top the Premier League, and paying wages of £174m, £21m higher than the club's entire turnover. "These financial results represent the bottoming out of financial losses at Manchester City before the club is able to move towards a more sustainable position in all aspects of its operations in the years ahead. It was a competition that eluded the Spaniard in Germany and this was the closest he came. View the latest comprehensive Manchester City FC match stats, along with a season by season archive, on the official website of the Premier League. Uefa's rationale is that such subsidised overspending is relentlessly inflating players' wages throughout European football, which has driven clubs insolvent. City should win trophies in the immediate future, but it won't be for a few years until we get to see if it pays off long term. "As we undertake the club's commercial transformation, we are cognisant of the incoming Uefa financial fair play regulations and consequently we continue to maintain positive and ongoing dialogue with all appropriate football authorities.". Fri 18 Nov 2011 09.01 EST. The club's chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, a senior adviser to Mansour's al-Nahyan ruling family and the Abu Dhabi government, also implicitly acknowledged City's need not to depend on such huge subsidy from Mansour in coming years: "Now that we are witnessing progress, both on and off the pitch, it is more important than ever to work towards achieving our ambition to establish Manchester City as a more successful, sustainable and internationally competitive football club, which remains rooted in the heart of the community it serves," al-Mubarak said. Manchester City made the biggest loss of the Premier League clubs in the 2011/12 season - but still dramatically improved their financial performance. On the Sportblog: Sheikh Mansour's largesse at City. Manchester United biggest defeat? James Maddison and Youri Tielemans were also on the scoresheet in this drubbing at the Etihad. Two 4-0 defeats in the same season was almost unheard of for Guardiola but he sorted that out as they went on to win back-to-back titles in 2017/18 and 2018/19. Manchester City have announced the biggest loss in English football history, £197m for the most recent financial year. "Our losses, which we predicted as part of our accelerated investment strategy, will not be repeated on this scale in the future," Wallace promised. Jamie Vardy continued his excellent record against the top six with a hat-trick in what was the first time a player has visited a Guardiola team and hit a treble. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. This was the first time Guardiola has ever conceded five goals in his managerial career. The loss on … City are confident that with income having risen 22.5% to £153m during 2010-11, the boost of Champions League football, increased TV and commercial earnings from being successful, the £350m 10-year shirt sponsorship and stadium naming rights deal with Etihad airline and the shedding of players no longer part of Mancini's plans, will draw income and spending closer together. The first was Manchester United beating Ipswich Town at Old Trafford on 4 March 1995, and the second being Leicester City beating Southampton at St Mary's Stadium on 25 October 2019. City owner Sheikh Mansour has bankrolled a massive spending spree over the past few seasons as he attempts to turn the franchise into one Europe's elite. Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman were all on the scoresheet in this league defeat. Bas Dost and Kevin De Bruyne both scored twice in this win for Wolfsburg against Bayern in what was Guardiola’s worst defeat in the league while in Germany. Collectively, Manchester City has spent more than £150m on players in the last fiscal year; the team's player payroll is currently at £174m. Man City’s credentials as challengers to Premier League champions Liverpool took a dent on Sunday as Pep Guardiola suffered one of the worst defeats of his managerial career. City finished well off the pace in the Premier League as Chelsea romped to the title. Will it prove to have been a wise investment—or just another instance of a rich benefactor that treats owning a professional sports franchise as a hobby. The Blues made revenue of … Which is the Manchester United Biggest Loss? While some clubs, most prominently Arsenal, complain that City's owner-spending is hyper-inflating wages and distorting football, City point out that they have broken no rules – so far at least – and in fact should be credited for investing fortunes in England, and in economically blighted east Manchester, at a time of economic meltdown here and in Europe.