After canvassing supporters worldwide, Manchester announced today it will be designing a new badge for the club.
Statement from the club:
The consultation period has closed with thousands of Cityzens members having given their views via the online Cityzens' questionnaire and the dedicated consultation space at the Etihad Stadium. Hundreds of fans also attended a series of free lectures on the history of the badge, provided by Football Historian Gary James with many others giving their opinions via City voice.
Having analysed all responses received, the Club can confirm that there is an overwhelming desire amongst Cityzens for the badge to evolve and that a round design, as used in two of the Club's three previous crests, is by far the most popular shape and remained so throughout the consultation process.
The Club has therefore been working with our designers to establish a badge which most authentically reflects both Manchester City Football Club and the city of Manchester and which takes into account the feedback received during this consultation.
Kevin Parker, General Secretary of the Manchester City FC Supporters Club, said:
The new badge will be designed and revealed by the club in the coming weeks.
"I am delighted that the Club consulted with the fans about our most important symbol. It is impressive that they canvassed our opinions on this matter and that they want to reflect our feedback in the ultimate design.
"On a personal note, while the Eagle badge will rightly live on in fans' hearts, minds and on football kits for all that it has come to symbolise over the years, I am pleased that we will once again see the round design which has twice featured in our past badges."