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Mancini Unveiled As Cook Loses His Cool

Mancini Unveiled As Cook Loses His Cool

Roberto Mancini, after taking training for the first time with Brian Kidd then met the hacks for an intriguing press conference during which questions about 'Hughesgate' riled Garry Cook...

After looking to draw a line under Sparky's sacking with a lengthy official site statement and address at the press conference whereby it was revealed that Mancini was offered the City job after the season's second defeat at Spurs, Cook waded in angrily at one point. Manna from heaven for the assembled hacks:

'I really think we need to know that everybody is committed to making this club one of greatest in the world. There are no conspiracy theories. We are working hard every day to make this a successful football club. We need to draw a line and move on to the future, and that's all I'll say on that subject, thank you.'

You only have to take a glance across Planet Blue's message boards to see that Cook is not coming out of this mid-season managerial change with any credit from the vast majority of City fans.

A shame that focus drifted away from Mancini's first appearance, who is reknowned as an honourable bloke. He made his intentions clear:

'In this moment my target is City in the top four. Next season we want to win the league.'

His Highness Sheikh Mansour is obviously no longer prepared to hang about.

Mancini acknowledged Craig Bellamy's upset at Mark Hughes departure as understandable, continuing:

'Today is the first in Carrington. I don't have a problem with the players. The training is good. It's normal. I hope when I go away in ten years they react the same as with Mark. I tell them to believe in ourselves, they are great players.I think that my job consists in hard work every day and I think that together we arrive to win something."

The new City boss then hinted at new signings in a week or so's time:

"I don't know if January will be busy or not. We will lose Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor for the African Cup of nations and we have two or three bad injuries at the moment so that is my main concern.

Mancini must now hit the ground running. All at VMC wish him every success in his high pressure post.

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Monday December 21 2009
Time: 6:57PM


tell him not to unpack his bags, he'll not last long!
21/12/2009 19:07:00
Oh nice to see you Merlin, wondered when you'd make an appearance.
21/12/2009 19:29:00
I honestly think Cooks only crime is that he's a bit of a c-o-c-k.
21/12/2009 20:28:00
A BIT of a cock? The man is a walking car crash, his every public utterance and private action showing him to be completely out of his depth. We keep hearing that one reason for Hughes exit is he wasn't the sheik's man. Well he inherited Cook too, so why isn't he out of the door? He should be a PR asset, not a disaster, surely the Arabs aren't so out of touch to see how the man is dragging the club down. Expect terrible headlines after the press fiasco, just the latest in a long line (Mancini did OK in comparison.)
21/12/2009 23:34:00
@Merlin hahahah I'm not even a City fan but for a Chelsea fan to come here and talk about mangers not lasting long is a real joke, dude you should be wondering if your manger will last another defeat the way your owner fires and hires coaches.
22/12/2009 02:49:00
Cook could be next for me - and good to see ya merlin.
22/12/2009 07:57:00
Hi guys, I didnt see the preess conference and my sky sports news had crappy reception - can anyone tell me how Mancini's english was? Did he sound like he could explain himself to a multi-national team? The comments in the papers are all the usual 'I want to win things here, we have good fans" type nonsense that I could probaby say in french if I had to but that doesnt mean I could manage PSG. Any views? Just wait till England are in a knockout round in SA and a goal down at halftime. We will see how well Capello can rouse the troops then...
22/12/2009 11:08:00
Here you go -
22/12/2009 11:30:00
Darth - his English is actually very good, although each question was translated into Italian - presumably so that he could fully understand it. However, he did talk to the press entirely in English.
22/12/2009 11:40:00
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