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Melbourne City can replicate Manchester City's success, promises vice chairman

02:25 GMT+3 26/12/2018
The City Football Group remain committed to turning Melbourne City into a long-term success

Though it's been a tumultuous season off the pitch for Melbourne City, the club continues to perform on it and vice chairman Simon Pearce believes the club can one day replicate the success of parent club Manchester City.

After a sealing a last-minute draw against Victory before Christmas, City were able to put a dramatic few weeks behind them which has seen star striker Bruno Fornaroli frozen out of the squad and active support group the Melburnians retire.

While off-field matters remain a concern for the club, Pearce stressed their owners, the City Football Group (CFG), are determined to make Melbourne City a long-term success. 

"Melbourne City and CFG are committed to Australia and to all aspects of the Australian game," Pearce said on Saturday via The Age.

"His Highness Sheikh Mansour and Melbourne City’s chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak are aware that for Melbourne City to succeed it must do so as one of many ships on a rising tide of Australian football’s development and success. 

"Melbourne City strengthens each year and we build both on and off the field. We will not make decisions for short-term returns over medium and long-term sustainable success."

Though not formally founded until 2014, CFG's roots can be dated back to 2008 when Sheikh Mansour took over Manchester City.

After a lean few years, City would ultimately start picking up silverware in England under new ownership - first winning the FA Cup 2011 before going onto win three Premier League titles to date. 

Melbourne City picked up their first piece of silverware in 2016 when they won the FFA Cup, two years after CFG's takeover, and Pearce believes with some more time the A-League club can achieve similar success to their Manchester parents.

"Here at Melbourne City we are committed to ensuring our club is everything it can be as quickly as possible," he said.

"We are a learning organisation and having just completed 10 years' work in Manchester I can assure you we are still learning there too.

"We are five years into our Melbourne City journey. When we celebrate our 10th anniversary, I promise you, just like Manchester City, we will have already hit a critical point in our development where the hard and unwavering work of these initial seasons will pay ongoing dividends."