Just on VS 127 to JFK from MAN. One of the crew as told me that there will be a Clubhouse at Manchester in the next couple of years when the redevelopment of T2 is well underway/finished. Also, there appears to be a staffing commitment to MAN. Good news for us Northerners.
Good to hear crew talking about a Clubhouse at MAN (even it has been unofficial common knowledge for a while).
Given VS's expansion at MAN on non-leisure routes, it was only a matter of time before they had to up their game on the lounge offering for UC / FC Gold pax. With T2 as it was they could - truthfully - say "there is no room for a Clubhouse". Once the T2 expansion starts to come on stream there will be lots of new space & VS, with multiple flights a day are a good contender for lounge space.
That said, there will be stiff competition for prime lounge space from the likes of Emirates & Etihad. Both have lounges in prime locations in T1 with great airfield views - if this bit of T1 is included in the demolition plans then I can see them wanting similar space in a redeveloped T2/3... and their chequebook will probably be bigger than VS's.