The Manchester Evening News has revealed that all members of Manuel Pellegrini’s playing and coaching staff have dipped into their own pockets to ensure that away fixtures are more affordable for the normal supporter.
According to the local paper, the millionaires who comprise the City squad have each donated £1,000 to the cause, allowing the club to give season-ticket holders half price tickets for selected away games during the season.
The move is part of a wider Premier League initiative to reduce the cost of away games, with clubs across the land setting aside £200,000 to help supporters after a long and hard period of economic downturn.
Manchester United used the money to reduce away tickets by £4 but their near neighbours have trumped that with their own eye-catching pledge – City’s £200,000 fund having been boosted by the contribution from the club’s own players.
Tom Glick, chief commercial and operating officer, said: “Manchester City fans are famous for their fiercely loyal and vocal support. They have stuck with the club through thick and thin for generations, and both the club and players want to say thank you.”
Vincent Kompany, the captain who is currently sidelined due to injury, told the Manchester Evening News: “In my opinion, our away support is the best in the Premier League and we never take that for granted.
“Win, lose or draw, City supporters can always be heard throughout our games and I just hope that this initiative proves just how much we value this incredible support on the road.”
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