If Manchester does go for the Commonwealth Games, it would effectively rule out the possibility of a third consecutive bid to stage the Olympics. But Scott believes a Commonwealth bid will be the springboard for further attempts to host sport's biggest event.
The leader of the City council, Graham Stringer, said: 'We are seriously considering a bid. There is already agreement in principle.'
Cities have until 1 December to confirm their interest. The Commonwealth Games Federation will make its decision on the host city in November 1995.Reuse content