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Garry Cook Defends His And City's Corner

Garry Cook Defends His And City's Corner

In an exclusive interview with ESPNsoccernet, City CEO Garry Cook has spoken out over the recent anti-City, anti-Premier League clamour...

Leeds United's Ken Bates has been one of the chief public complainants in England and Cook responded diplomatically in modern City style to the outspoken former Chelsea supremo's outcry and the fact that he is taking City to court while Rennes have gone to FIFA:

'Everything to do with this is under the microscope, call it child trafficking, baby farming, whatever you like, it has opened up a Pandora's Box, with everyone looking into that box, and clubs like ours are being unfairly pinpointed for all sorts of reasons.

'We are going through the normal process, we have a dispute, and it will be judged by a tribunal...I would question whether the right course of action is to air this in public, without the public knowing the full facts, which, in truth, should be confined to the tribunal...let's gather all the facts and then come to a proper decision.'

It's clear that Cook is riled by all the criticism:

'At the moment it comes across as the small clubs getting small amounts of money from the big clubs, compared to the amount of money spent by Manchester City in the transfer market. But one thing has nothing to do with the other. I do object to some of the insinuations flying around without anyone having a grasp of the full facts.'
Link: All quotes courtesy ESPNsoccernet


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday September 10 2009
Time: 5:53PM


what worries me with all this is cooks knowhow of football which seems very very small if you take the ronaldinho,kaka and eto'o deals which for one reason or another didnt go through. you had cook saying things like "they bottled it" after kakagate which nobody in the right mind would have said so it leaves me wondering if he did actually do things all by the book regarding these kids that did/didnt come to us and we are having the finger pointed at us and also FIFA looking into whats going on. i hope for cook and more importantly manchester city's case that everything has been done correct otherwise the finger will well and truely be pointed at cook and rightly so after each cockup he seems to make. my opinion of couse.
10/09/2009 18:50:00
Good old BM - back on his Oh-so-familiar Theme!
10/09/2009 19:18:00
But they did bottled it...
10/09/2009 20:06:00
I'm going to stick my neck out here and ask the question, Why is it necessary the clubs CEO Garry Cook to know anything about football ? As the clubs CEO, football is only a part in his responsibilities, his main tasks are to get the club doing the right things as a business, making sure it’s behaving in the correct manner, he has to drive the club forward into being a better Football establishment and manufacture the means of bringing about success for the club. All these issues are of much greater importance in the scheme of things than an off the cuff statement made in an impromptu interview on Sky Sports TV. Garry isn’t required to have the insight of a top football manager, coach or ex-player, although he is no doubt taking on board the complexities of transfers matters and learning the new ways to negotiating in a football environment. He will also be bringing all his accrued knowledge to the table something the cheap shot media merchants don’t even have the intelligence to imagine let alone grasp the concept of. We all have to learn new things when we take on a new position in the work place there’s always new things to get to grips with, new organisational tools to adopt and numerous thing that need reviewing and assessing in order to find out what things work and which things need improvement. So tell me, why are some fan's going on as if Garry has to be all things to all matters football. His strengths for me lie more in his fantastic experience, his contacts, his professionalism and enthusiasm to grow into his new role with City. I believe he is achieving far more than any of us really know and none of that comes from his football knowledge or lack of it. I’m sure he gets ample help on football matters from Brian Marwood, Mark Hughes as well as others, let’s face it the club is now loaded with football knowledge I’m sure Garry is not short of guidance should he need it. Garry's 'Bottled it' statement was fair enough at the time, if that’s what he felt actually took place in his dealings with AC Milan, why not tell it as it is. It’s only because he’s the new Manchester City CEO that there’s this fuss being made anyway. The guy can't win really because as we all know City are not just under the spot light they are also under every media microscope, people are going to nitpick and make every hair that falls out of place more akin to another rain forest being destroyed. I say the short sighted anti everything new at City gang take a long hard look at the bigger picture, look around at the improvements that are being made in the team, the stadium, the website, the training facilities, the now worldwide youth academy’s. The match day experience so many things are getting better at City and it’s still ongoing the new owners aren’t finished yet. How can there be any criticism of Garry Cook or any member of are now truly great club. The fact is to have done all these things in such a short timescale can only be described as magnificent and incredibly magnanimous of the new owners. Yes how can we ever thank the new owners enough, they will have to be stronger than I thought though to deal with the lack of gratitude being shown by this small minded minority. Please tell me how can anyone justify or level any criticism at the club after all they have done for the club in only 12 months?
10/09/2009 22:00:00
Great post Blue_heart, absolutely spot on. Have you submitted your application with Tudor for the Writer's job?
10/09/2009 22:25:00
Well said BlueHeart, your article is spot on. It always worries me when people accuse others of knowing nothing about football, intimating that they are experts.... not usually the case!! I like you think he is doing a fine job and is a proven winner in the business world and just what we need to help transform City into a major world club.
10/09/2009 22:49:00
Well said Blue_heart, my feelings exactly. As much as it pains me to say it, the distrust and animosity shown towards Gary Cook is very much symptomatic of the "Typical City" that we have all grown to know and hate. Cook is entirely correct in trying to exorcise this demon from the club. Simply put, there is a sizeable minority of our fans that are never happy unless they have something to moan about. Whether it is 33 years of hurt, or something about our at times farcical behaviour both on and off the pitch that has attracted this type of moaner to our club is beyond me, but they exist nonetheless. In some ways I am glad that the whingers have identified Cook as their target du jour, as it enables Hughes and the players to get on with their jobs without the added pressure of the fans' moaning getting to them. What shocks me though is that fact that these fans cannot see exactly how momentous the changes at our club in the past few years actually are. Like fish gasping for their last breath as they flop around on deck the moaners stick to their habit of believing the rantings of ex-players and giving credence to the raw sewage spewed out by the likes of The Dail Mirror and other Fleet Street filth rather than giving the slightest credence to what employees of the club have to say. From Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, to Gary Cook and all through the ranks at the club, everyone is now puling together. We have almost overnight turned into a totally professional business. I still have in my posession a season ticket renewal form from the 92/93 season, and what is shocking is that it was a very bad photocopy on unevenly cut paper. Now we have a website that is the envy of the football leagues, paper-free turnstyles and a myriad of other improvements. So I ask you - What would you prefer? Manchester City, the loveable club with a trophy room full of cups for cock-ups or the slick, well-oiled machine that is being geared up for serious success that we have now? Really folks, time to put the past to bed and start backing the new successful Manchester City to the hilt, even if it seems difficult for some of you to adjust.
10/09/2009 23:12:00
I can't fault you blueheart, Cook was brought in to make the improvements we now enjoy.The attempts to sign players and the failure to do so has not been the fault of Cook, all these players have indicated in some way that they wished to sign for City, but because the deals were leaked to the press, then they all turned out that every man and his dog had an opinion on the deal and these players just backed out. I am sure that and dealings in contracts is the same in any business and that City would have been aware of all the rules, but City have only gone one way since the takeover and that is up and long may it continue.
Buzz Lightyear
11/09/2009 05:17:00
Excellent post blueheart, you are right on the money with everything you wrote. Cook has excellent experience in the business world having worked at Nike and lets face it thats why he's here.
11/09/2009 05:49:00
Guys you have given me new heart about this website with your comments. I was beginning to worry that it was getting dominated by the whingers whose comments about City I can read on oppoition websites. All of your comments have redressed the balance ...thank you again!!
11/09/2009 09:48:00
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