Daniel Gregory’s weekly column: Hollywood ending for City Slickers

DRAMATIC FINISH ... Manchester City won the title with two goals in four stoppage-time minutes
DRAMATIC FINISH ... Manchester City won the title with two goals in four stoppage-time minutes
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I’M already looking forward to the 2011/12 episode of Premiership Years - coming to a TV near you in the not so distant future.

Sunday’s finale to the Premier League was the most mesmerizing and encapsulating I can remember.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini kisses the trophy during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 13, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini kisses the trophy during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 13, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

From top to bottom with the battle for European football sandwiched in between, this season has been remarkable.

Manchester City’s stoppage time winner from Sergio Aguero just topped it all off.

City, needing two goals in four minutes of time added on to win the league against 10-man QPR, possibly needing a point to survive, is just Roy of the Rovers stuff.

It has to be said that the best team won the title in the end.

Everton manager David Moyes applauds the fans during the lap of honour after the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 13, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Everton manager David Moyes applauds the fans during the lap of honour after the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 13, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Everton. Photo credit should read: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

City have looked more solid and scored more goals than their neighbours in the end, who possibly lacked enough experience in their squad at the end of the day.

The long-term injuries to Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher certainly didn’t help, but I think the youngsters they’ve signed on, like Phil Jones, David De Gea and Chris Smalling, will all learn more from missing out on the title than they would have done winning it.

City will no doubt strengthen their ranks now as well, which is worrying for their rivals.

Eden Hazard is a target, as is Robin Van Persie, and I believe they are only three or fours players off seriously challenging to be the one of the best sides in the world.

Their weak points are clearly a centre back partner for Vincent Kompany, who has been immense this season, a world class holding midfielder so they can release Yaya Toure further forward, and possibly a left back.

Nevertheless, they will come back even stronger next season.

They dropped some points from good positions this season, and Roberto Mancini (pictured left) will be keen to improve.

The battles for Europe and relegation weren’t quite as intense in the end, with Wolves - who should never have sacked Mick McCarthy, Blackburn Rovers - who should never have hired Steve Kean, and Bolton Wanderers, all going down without really putting up a fight.

Spurs’ terrible form after the Harry Redknapp to England rumours cost them in the end as they slipped into fourth and have an anxious Saturday in store watching the Champions League final.

Arsenal’s resurgence ensured they edged above Spurs and guaranteed the vital Champions League revenue that will mean Arsene Wenger can continue to accrue interest in their bulging bank balance.

That balance will be topped up by the likely departure of Van Persie in the coming months.

Newcastle United punched well above their weight this season, finishing above Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool.

Alan Pardew has done a good job to date but the big test will come next season.

I suspect they won’t be as successful next year and I wonder how long it will be before the ‘Geordie Nation’ start to turn on him and owner Mike Ashley, again.

I am accused of being biased in this column every time I mention Everton or David Moyes (pictured below left),in this column, so I’ll not go into too much detail.

His words after the 3-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday, meaning the club finished four points clear of big-spending rivals Liverpool, summed him up for me.

Moyes said: “It didn’t really bother me who we’d finish above, because I don’t think you can celebrate finishing seventh.

“The way I was brought up, you celebrate if you finish first or get Europe - if we’d finished seventh and got into Europe, that may have been something to shout about.”

For the first time I genuinely wouldn’t begrudge Moyes moving to a bigger club with more money to spend as he is just a top class football manager.

More than which can be said for ‘King’ Kenny over at Liverpool.

I hope he does the decent thing and moves upstairs this summer. He has shown this season that he is so out of touch with modern football.

His transfer dealings were poor and the club finished closer to relegation than the Champions League after spending big money.

Elsewhere, special mention has to go to four managers for their superb efforts this season.

Roberto Martinez at Wigan, Paul Lambert at Norwich, Brendan Rodgers at Swansea and Roy Hodgson at West Brom - fantastic seasons for them - I just hope Hodgson can continue that success with England at Euro 2012 now.