Why Everton's flushed new owner won’t be following the stereotypical sugar daddy mould

September 1, 2008 was a strange day. Aside from being the transfer deadline, it was also the moment when Manchester City's footballing life changed forever. In the morning, the Abu Dhabi Group completed their takeover and, for the rest of the day, City would throw proposals all over the continent in pursuit of a signature signing.

They would eventually land on Robinho, but the dynamic was of a lottery-winner giddily skipping down Bond Street: it didn't matter who they bought, just so long as they were seen shopping in the right part of town and leaving with something absurdly expensive.

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Seb Stafford-Bloor is a football writer at Tifo Football and member of the Football Writers' Association. He was formerly a regularly columnist for the FourFourTwo website, covering all aspects of the game, including tactical analysis, reaction pieces, longer-term trends and critiquing the increasingly shady business of football's financial side and authorities' decision-making.