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Business as usual

  • 05 September 2008 10:00
  • Posted byTim Oscroft

City’s Executive Chairman Garry Cook says that it business as usual at the end of an exciting week for the club.

The goal-scoring return of Shaun Wright-Phillips at Sunderland on Sunday, followed by the news of possible new investment in the club and the amazing swoop for Robinho on Monday have all put City in the media spotlight, as Cook admits:

“Manchester City is in the news for all the right reasons at the moment, and everybody is very excited at the club. People may talk about the dynamics changing, but staff at the club are still working very hard and Mark is back coaching the team as normal.”

The Executive Chairman also echoes the Manager’s realistic words from Thursday when reflecting on some of the wild transfer speculation of the week. 

“We would like to see great players at the club, because that’s what moves the club forward, but we have to be realistic on a day-to-day basis.

“Mark talks about moving the club forward and we could not have a better vehicle for doing that. We should not forget that the club has moved forward considerably over the last two years, and he is excited to be in this position, every manager would like to be in that position.

“He has made it quite clear to everybody outside the club that he runs the football side of the business, and he is anticipating nothing changing from that. There is no reason for that to change, he is far more knowledgeable about football than all of us!”

“Maybe we have taken our eye off the ball a little bit, don’t forget that we have one of, if not the, best youth team in the country at Manchester City. Mark’s coaching team are committed to that model, we talk about superstar talent but you should never take away from the fabric of the club, and that is developing the youth players.”

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