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Are They Out To Destabilise Us?



Now I normally do the match write-ups but the events that have unravelled over the past few days have me somewhat riled and a little bit bitter.

We all know now that our somewhat gaffe prone CEO Garry Cook has been forced into a position where he finds himself no other recourse but to resign. The board accepted this tendered resignation "with regret."

We now have to say goodbye to a man who has changed the face of the club beyond the imagination of any fans. He has developed sound and cutting edge infrastructure, overseen the signings of some of the best players in the world, set out plans to develop the club far beyond the current position. He has in my opinion, been key to the development and growth of City and other than the new owners has been the most important figure in turning us from a destabilised club living in the shadows of our unfriendly neighbours, into Champions League contenders with probably the strongest squad in Europe.

Now don't get me wrong, Garry Cook is truly gaffe prone, although the press, who seem to jump on anything in an effort to destabilise City, have magnified every gaffe to disproportionate levels. But everyone makes gaffes and that doesn't make you a bad CEO. Cook was liked around the club and has made huge efforts to make the "fan experience" a memorable and enjoyable one.

Should Cook have resigned? In my opinion yes. He made an incorrect judgement call when denying that he was responsible for sending the email. It was a crass and hurtful email, indeed it had stupidity written all over it. Cook should have apologised, admitted his gross stupidity and made a generous donation to Christie's on behalf of Dr Onuoha. He may have been reprimanded but losing his job would not have been an option. Unfortunately Cook appeared to attempt to mislead people over how the email was sent. This puts him in an untenable position as trust has been lost.

What has me riled though is the timing of events and the way it has been portrayed in the press. As I understand it (and I may be incorrect and if I am I apologise and admit my mistake) the email was written a long time ago. I also understand there were issues between the tripartite of Messrs Onuoha, Manchester City and the FA over representation (the details of which can be found in various reported news articles). Following on from this I also understand (and once again I may be incorrect) that Nedum Onuoha was poised to sign for Everton on loan but due to issues surrounding wages, the deal failed to materialise on transfer deadline day. After this as I understand it "Emailgate" occurred.

City are going places and it seems to me there are people in and around the game that don't like this. The way certain journalists portray the club and events surrounding it seem vehemently anti-City and clearly are written with pre-judgement and a negative twist.

I don't want to judge any of the key characters in this sorry tale. I love Nedum Onuoha and have watched his career since he was playing for the youth and reserves. I truly liked Garry Cook and have a great deal of respect for the man and his achievements. I am of the opinion that he should have resigned due to his poor initial response to the allegations. But I am becoming more and more cheesed off with certain journalists and the seeming vindictiveness in the way this series of events has resulted in the loss of a great contributor to the Blue Revolution.

Both the Club and the Fans deserve better treatment. We have gone from 'ickle City' to a genuine power in European Football with a squad that only Barcelona can match for depth and talent. What is clear to me is that there are almost certainly people that don't like this and will do and write anything in a sad attempt to destabilise the Club.





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Date:Saturday September 10 2011

Time: 11:44AM

Your Comments

The press have been out to destabilise us since the very day we were taken over. In the last year or so with us looking the real deal, they seem to have reached a new level of rabid hound dog behaviour though, using any techniques possible to protect their beloved established elite.
StuMCFC
The press have been out to destabilise us since the very day we were taken over. In the last year or so with us looking the real deal, they seem to have reached a new level of rabid hound dog behaviour though, using any techniques possible to protect their beloved established elite.
StuMCFC
Don't get too paranoid people. That is exactly what they want us to become. Just shrug and smile after every wonderful match.
jackblue
Don't get too paranoid people. That is exactly what they want us to become. Just shrug and smile after every wonderful match.
jackblue
I agree with you jackblue, however what i said needs saying. I may end up in the press box at some point doing the write ups rather than in my seat in the third tier with my tablet on my lap and I would like the people responsible to know how I and the other real fans of the game and club feel.
bluerichy
I agree with you jackblue, however what i said needs saying. I may end up in the press box at some point doing the write ups rather than in my seat in the third tier with my tablet on my lap and I would like the people responsible to know how I and the other real fans of the game and club feel.
bluerichy
Spot on richy. Yet it's no coincidence that the bellends constantly searching for cracks at City have only helped forge a siege mentality. So keep it coming!
Johnny Baguette
Spot on richy. Yet it's no coincidence that the bellends constantly searching for cracks at City have only helped forge a siege mentality. So keep it coming!
Johnny Baguette
Have you only just noticed that the press will take every opportunity to present City in as unfavourable light as possible. It's been going on since the Arabs took over.
rhaigh
Have you only just noticed that the press will take every opportunity to present City in as unfavourable light as possible. It's been going on since the Arabs took over.
rhaigh
Perhaps the selected removal of certain hack's press accreditation might help them develop a mre balanced view of our club?
fifthcolumnblue
Perhaps the selected removal of certain hack's press accreditation might help them develop a mre balanced view of our club?
fifthcolumnblue
Surely this piece is rhetorical right? The knives have been out for us ever since the "Arab, lottery, oil, Abu"* money came in. We don't know our place, we don't deserve a spot at the high table. We have no class, no history, a small fan base and are the laughing stock of the footballing world! We are not Man City, we are either the World's richest club Man City, or high spending Man City. Our players are not Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri, they are 38M Sergio Aguero and 24M Samir Nasri. We are simultaneously ruining football and buying trophies, with our bloated squad of overpaid mercenaries. It's backs to the walls stuff lads, siege mentally from here on in, until we're breaking the seal on the Brasso and laughing hysterically. *Insert offensive/semi racist tag as you see fit.
HeavyRiffs
Surely this piece is rhetorical right? The knives have been out for us ever since the "Arab, lottery, oil, Abu"* money came in. We don't know our place, we don't deserve a spot at the high table. We have no class, no history, a small fan base and are the laughing stock of the footballing world! We are not Man City, we are either the World's richest club Man City, or high spending Man City. Our players are not Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri, they are 38M Sergio Aguero and 24M Samir Nasri. We are simultaneously ruining football and buying trophies, with our bloated squad of overpaid mercenaries. It's backs to the walls stuff lads, siege mentally from here on in, until we're breaking the seal on the Brasso and laughing hysterically. *Insert offensive/semi racist tag as you see fit.
HeavyRiffs
As long as we stand together then no one, and I mean no one will destable us. CTID.
tudor
As long as we stand together then no one, and I mean no one will destable us. CTID.
tudor
There is definitely a tinge of anti-Arab sentiment in many of our detractors' arguments Heavyriffs. Funny that the same racism isn't directed at those nice European looking chaps like Abramovich, The Glazers, Joe Lewis, Stan Kroenke, etc.
fifthcolumnblue
There is definitely a tinge of anti-Arab sentiment in many of our detractors' arguments Heavyriffs. Funny that the same racism isn't directed at those nice European looking chaps like Abramovich, The Glazers, Joe Lewis, Stan Kroenke, etc.
fifthcolumnblue
Best squad in Europe? lol.
El Nino 09
Best squad in Europe? lol.
El Nino 09
 

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