Mansour is the half-brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MbZ). MbZ is considered the current head of the UAE, when President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has suffered health problems since 2014. The Al Nahyan family has not interfered with the management of Man City, which they assigned to their subordinates.
When Mansour bought Man City, MbZ sent Simon Pearce to be one of the directors. According to an investigation by Der Spiegel (Germany), Pearce is a PR expert of MbZ, responsible for implementing ghost sponsorship contracts for Man City. He represented Abu Dhabi in negotiations, but still needed Khaldoon to pass decisions. “OK, let’s go,” sometimes Khaldoon just needs to text.
Pearce and his Manchester City directors drew enough ways to manipulate the contract, dealing with Financial Fairness laws. Their secret activities are all codenamed. They are willing to resolve foreign affairs with tacit agreements.
The appointment of Guardiola is also an understatement. The contract between Man City and Guardiola was signed on October 10, 2015. The Spanish strategist earned £ 13.5 million ($ 17.6 million) in the first year, rising to £ 16.75 million in the following years. The unusual point is not in the salary, but at the time of signing. Meanwhile, Guardiola entered the new season for only two months, as Bayern Munich coach.
A few weeks later, a Sunday Mirror reporter wrote that City’s football director – Txiki Begiristain – met Guardiola in Barcelona. He released the news: “Begiristain and Guardiola are negotiating a contract”. This news is of course wrong. The contract has been signed.
Man City spokesman Simon Heggie immediately wrote to the leaders: “I have called and asked the reporter to remove the article.” A moment later, Heggie said the story had been removed. “I will correct it with other papers,” he added. This helps Man City control the time to announce the contract – February 2016.
Control is Man City’s motto. They control the pitch, and the media. The leaders understand that the team and the Abu Dhabi owners are always skeptical. With a professional PR team, Man City prevents a lot of unfavorable information targeting them. The British press – a country claiming to be the source of modern democracy and law – received a rave review of Abu Dhabi owners. But in the UAE, adulterers are executed and kissing in public will go to jail.