Man City embrace Feng Shui
Manchester City are hoping the Far Eastern tradition of feng shui can aid their quest for honours this season.
Executive chairman Garry Cook has had crystals placed under the pitch at Eastlands and symbols placed in strategic spots around the stadium following an idea triggered by a chat with two of City's Thai executives.
While the plan had nothing to do with owner Thaksin Shinawatra, he will hope it has a similar effect on City as it did for Tottenham, who carried out the same plan at White Hart Lane two years ago and promptly won the Carling Cup last season.
Although Cook's initiative has attracted scorn from critics already cynical of City's Thai connection, a club insider actually believes the move makes perfect sense.
According to tradition, feng shui releases positive energy in its environments and Cook, who was always receptive to ideas such as these during his time as a Nike executive in the USA, opted to embrace the practice wholeheartedly.
'It is like a Catholic putting a Crucifix on a wall,' said a City source.
'It is common practice for Christian pastors to bless the club and Garry felt this was something worth trying.'