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Cook Makes Statement Ahead Of Mancini Arrival

Cook Makes Statement Ahead Of Mancini Arrival

Here's the other side of the coin following Mark Hughes' League Managers Association statement. City CEO Garry Cook outlines his view point via the official site:

The statement in full:

'Today's press conference is about the appointment of Roberto Mancini as the manager of Manchester City. That said, there has been a lot of conjecture about the process of Mark Hughes' departure. The Club made a statement about this on Saturday and it reflects our position. However, in light of some of the comments and characterisations of events I will take this opportunity to add a few additional points today:

'1. Firstly, I want to put on the record again our thanks for everything Mark and his team did here and to reiterate the respect that the owners and everyone in the Club have for them. This has been a very difficult decision for the Board to make and not one that was taken lightly.

'2. At the end of last season we set a target of a 6thplace finish, but following the accelerated player acquisition activity of the Club in the summer transfer window, the new target that the playing staff agreed with the Board for the 2009/2010 season was 70 points. The trajectory of recent results was below this requirement and the Board felt that there was no evidence that the situation would fundamentally change.

'3. The owner, Chairman and I all worked to give Mark any resources that he might require to achieve that goal.

'4. Some of the characterisation of events of the last two days is particularly disappointing considering the fact that in the last 15 months there have been a number of occasions where Mark`s position has been questioned by people outside the Club. The support that he was shown at those times and the resources that he was given was complete and extensive.

'5. The Chairman has been nothing but transparent with Mark Hughes throughout his tenure and had communicated with him regularly over the last several weeks. In keeping with that behaviour, the Chairman got on a plane and came to Manchester to meet with Mark in person to explain the decision. Once the decision to change managers had been taken, the Board felt that the sooner that change was made, the less disruption there would be to the Club and the fairer it would be to Mark and his team.

'6. The intention was to tell Mark immediately after the game on Saturday. That would give Roberto and his team a full week to prepare for the next game. Regrettably, and despite our best efforts, rumours of discussions with Roberto Mancini became public before the game.

'7. Once Mark was informed, I informed his coaching staff and the players were then informed. That is why Kolo Toure and Shay Given were asked to attend a meeting after the game. There is no player rebellion and the playing and training staff have been going about their business this morning very professionally with Roberto and Brian Kidd.

'8. The decision to end Mark`s tenure was a unanimous decision by the Owner, the Chairman, myself and the Board, as was the decision to appoint Roberto Mancini to the position.

'9. Like any other business we have plans and targets; and we have contingencies for when those plans and targets are not being met. The decision to look at managerial options was taken only three weeks ago after the Hull game, but I think it is important for people to know that Roberto was only offered the job after the Spurs game; we negotiated on Thursday and finalised his agreement on Friday. He was not in the Stadium on Saturday as has been reported.

'With the points that I have just made and the statement that the Club made on Saturday there is nothing more for me to add on the process of change we have gone through. You will find everything I have just said in statement form on the Club website. The Club has nothing further to add and I will not be taking questions on this subject.

'I now very much want to focus on the reason that we have called today`s press conference - to introduce Roberto Mancini to you as the new manager of Manchester City. After a hugely distinguished playing career he has gone on to further success as a manager in one of the toughest leagues in the world, becoming in the process the most successful Inter Milan manager of the last 30 years. Because of this track record of success he is just the manager we need to take us to the next level.'

Garry Cook, Chief Executive Officer


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Monday December 21 2009
Time: 5:31PM


I guess with great investment their comes a price and its fair to say that its going to be a revolving door for your future mangers. If Chelsea and Madrid are anything to go by loyalty is a thing of the past for your club and quick firing and hiring are the future. (This is not a dig at Man City it’s just an observation from watching other rich clubs)
21/12/2009 18:36:00
I see what you are saying Klutch, and I can understand the sentiments behind it. I can only hope that Mancini is the right one for the job, but I guess time will tell. ---- Oh by the way, splendid work on RagVital by the way, after their drubbing by Fulham. Kudos pal, I applaud you.
21/12/2009 19:31:00
As much as i hate to admit it i really think you got your self hell of manger, hope i'm wrong but i reallty rate Mancini. Cheers on your great job on VitalScum as well, that Zea is a real B**** when his team loses but loves to run his mouth as soon as they win
21/12/2009 21:44:00
Im fed up of the media and other fans moaning about how city handled this situation. Yes we didnt sack hughes in a good way. But so what if we were speaking to other managers while hughes was playing fantasy football, wasting millions and drawing most games. In any big industry if managers are not performing, a good business will have a manager in place before you sack your current boss. Only stupid clubs have the number 2 in charge for 5 games till they appoint someone. At the end of the day marwood and cook work with hughes day in, day out, they must have saw something wrong with hughes and his coaching staff. I certainly did watching from the stands! Cook is a bit of a idiot, but i support anyone who wants to make city a success. Mancini won cups at lazio and fiorentina (similar type clubsto city) and three seria-a titles. A better CV than hughes - 7th place uefa cup blackburn. Fans should also take heart that mourinho and hiddink have never coached in england before joining chelsea and both won a throphy in their first year. Also Arsenal plucked Arsene Wenger from JAPAN, not italy, not spain, not portugal, JAPAN! he won the league in his fisrt season. Not after 5 seasons like fergie. Villa and spurs are ahead of city in the league (having not spent 250 million) have proven managers who have won something in their managerial career. Money isnt everything, ADUG has appointed their manager, not inherited one. Have faith city fans, were lucky to have great owners who have always treated the fans brilliantly. Lets get behind Mancini and stuff all those bitter journalists and jealous fans.
Super City Slicker
21/12/2009 21:45:00
I think we're all behind Mancini mate but most (including me) aren't moaning about the sacking because they had a chat with Mancini after the Hull game. We're upset because after the Hull game they said they had full faith in Hughes... he then finds out he's sacked at half time in the game.. instead of facing the press they release a crappy statement on the web site. Cook couldn't even face the players and told Kolo and Shay to tell them all. All this while Hughes was pretty much on target for expectations, semi of the cup, 6th with a game in hand and lost twice (one being in the 4000th minute against the rags). Also... this.. the decision was after Spurs is crap.. they decided after Hull... but then we beat Arsenal... then Chelsea.. then battling draw at Bolton... then lost for the first proper time at spuds.. so then they striked. It's cowardly. They should of done it straight away and not messed everyone about if they were gonna do it.
21/12/2009 23:14:00
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