Manchester City‘s impressive academy set-up has decided to ban players under the age of 18 from wearing colourful football boots during training and matches, in a bid to introduce more discipline and respect to the youngsters.
The club’s incredible £200 million state-of-the-art training complex in the City’s Eastlands area gives young players access to facilities that previously they could only dream of, and could turn the Sky Blues into a conveyor belt of producing the top quality players of tomorrow.
When Pep Guardiola arrived as manager in the summer, he drafted youth coach Rodolfo Borrell into his senior backroom staff, and former Blackburn Rovers winger Jason Wilcox was promoted to the head of the academy.
The ex-England international seems intent on developing more stars like the exciting Kelechi Iheanacho and Aleix Garcia, but his rules on black boots seems a minor but important aspect of his philosophy.
According to the Mirror, every player in youth teams up to the under-18s are told they can only wear black cleats, and Wilcox is quoted as saying: “There is nothing worse for me than to see a high-profile footballer who has no manners or respect for other people.
“Yes, you do have to be single-minded, but you can still be respectful to others.
“It doesn’t matter whether a boy is speaking to one of the cleaning ladies or the CEO, we demand that they show respect.
“We want people to represent Manchester City the right way – not just in a sky-blue shirt, but when they are away from the club as well.”
What do you make of the rule? Does wearing black boots really have a big influence on your personality?