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We're in good shape says Garry Cook

  • 12 November 2009 11:51
  • Posted byChris Bailey in Abu Dhabi

Garry Cook believes all areas of the club are on the right track as the Blues head into the busiest period of the season.

Speaking to in an exclusive interview that you can watch here, the Chief Executive believes that everything is still on target for a successful campaign both on and off the pitch.

Talking in Abu Dhabi after clinching one new sponsorship deal and setting in motion other talks that could yet bear fruit, Cook insists that City continue to move forward.

He also warned not to expect too high a level of transfer activity in the looming January transfer window.

“There is definite momentum in terms of everything we are doing,” he reasoned. “We are selling out the City of Manchester Stadium for games, there is general commercial uplift and that is great because we have gone through a lot of change in the past twelve months.


We have started to see the green shoots in many areas of the club after a lot of hard work in the past year.

...Garry Cook

And the same goes for the team which has stuttered slightly recently with five successive draws.

“We are not disappointed with what we have done on the pitch so far this season. It is not a great start but it is not a bad start – Mark Hughes has said that himself - we are right on target for where we want to be,” suggested the CEO.


It is an open league this season and there are opportunities to be seized by somebody. We hope it is us.

...Garry Cook

“It’s all about the fans, everyone is desperate for something to happen (in terms of success on the pitch) and we have put ourselves in a good position. We are sixth in the table with a home Carling Cup quarter final tie to come.”

“We have set higher expectations in a short space of time and Mark (Hughes) and I talk about this a lot .

“I was talking to one of the fans at the Emirates Palace and he was telling me how he used to look at the table and try to figure out when we would get to 40 points. We don’t think that way anymore.”

So will there be more new faces and another tranche of expenditure in the first four weeks of the New Year.

“January is always busy, busier for some more than others,” smiled Cook.

“Mark has some thoughts and some plans but they are by no means as aggressive as they have been in the past that is for sure. We have a great squad of players that are just getting bedded in.

“We might find there is more speculation about what we might do than what we actually do.”

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