Football clubs throughout the world are today on high alert after Manchester City announced plans to redesign their long-standing crest.
The Etihad Stadium side, after consultation with fan groups, are to replace the current badge – which was introduced in 1997 – with bosses looking to re-introduce a version of the iconic roundel that stood as the club’s symbol for over thirty years. As a result, clubs with round badges are said to be the most concerned about a possible assault from the Citizens.
Macclesfield Town chairman Mark Blower said: ‘As a club that has a round logo, obviously we’re concerned that City might come along and try and blow us out of the water with a massive bid. But then again we pretty much ripped off Chelsea’s badge, so I think we’ll be okay in the long run’.
Leicester City chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, whose club has a badge that bears some similarity to City’s old logo, said: ‘If they want to come in with some ridiculous bid then we’re prepared to listen. I think most of our fans preferred our 1980s badge anyway’.
Perhaps the club with the greatest right to be concerned is non-league Maine Road. They were formed by a City supporters club in 1955 and their badge is an exact replica of City’s old one, with their chairman Ronnie Meredith saying: ‘Yeah, this is a bit awkward…’
The new City logo is expected to be unveiled just before Christmas.