Psycho: My big, big club must aim for Europe

August 3, 2006

Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has set his sights on taking the club into European competition as the countdown to the Premier League season continues apace.

'I think always you have to look for a European place when you are in our position,' said Pearce. 'We are a big, big football club.

'It gets up my nose when people tell me they are big football clubs. All over the country people are telling me they're big clubs but I think you're only a big football club when the season ends and you look at the league position or what you have done in the various cup competitions.

'I don't have to sell Manchester City to players when I bring them in. I've signed an Italian centre forward (Bernardo Corradi) who has played in Spain and you can bring them in with our stadium. He's impressed with the training ground. The place sells itself.

'Now I would also like on my CV as a manager - as well as having 40,000 supporters every week, a stadium that's as good as anything in Europe and a training ground that's vastly improving and is as good as you're going to get in most places - I would like to say we are playing in Europe next year, and that's the one thing I can't deliver this year.

'I need to be able to do that next year. The extra revenue that will bring in will enable me to bring another calibre of player, it will add more money to the war chest to enable me to bring in more players.'