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Garry Cook and the Uncomfortable Press Conference: Video

Press conferences in England are hardly ever tame experiences (ask Joe Kinnear), but Monday’s unveiling of Roberto Mancini as the new manager of Manchester City didn’t go particularly well for City chief executive Garry Cook.

The City chief executive, who is not a fan favorite, stepped in to answer questions from journalists about the sequence of events in previous weeks that led to the removal of Mark Hughes and the appointment of Mancini. The topic become more heated when Mancini revealed he had met with the City executives as early as the first week of December, which was earlier than City’s official announcement had indicated.

Watch the above video to see how uncomfortable Cook is as he leans forward to try to take control of the situation and then begins banging the table before he’s rescued by his publicity director  who tries to get the press conference back on topic.

What do you think? Did chief executive Garry Cook lie to the fans of Manchester City?

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11 Responses to Garry Cook and the Uncomfortable Press Conference: Video

  1. Peter says:

    What an idiot this man clearly is. No idea of football at all, it’s all about marketing, shirt sales and money with him. The journalist who mentioned about putting Mark Hughes through Saturday’s horror is dead right. Hughes was treated like rubbish and going behind a manager’s back to get rid of him, while not exactly a new concept in football, is still a disgrace. It takes time to wield a newly bought team together and it takes tactical nous to understand that Joleon Lescott is not fit to shine the shoes of Richard Dunne. Buying robinho was a media stunt, so when things started looking bad for him, ie no European football and Manchester is not as glamorous as Madrid, then you knew he would be disrupting the club.

    Buying the two Ivory Coast players, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure is a mistake too as they are both massive egos and will dissapear in January to Angola, so you lose a backbone in your team. Garry Cook may well say that decisions under Mark Hughes have been made badly but the worst mistake made was letting Mr. Cook anywhere near the club.

    Why can they not see that a club like Aston Villa is what they need to be. Shining English players who are willing to fight for the cause, a tactically astitute and all round nice guy for a manager and a chairman whose willing to wait and not interfere too much.

    On a side note, I recently began Football Manager 10 and started managing Man CIty. Immediatley after a few friendlies Sunderland gave a bid for Javier Garrido (where is he now anyway?) and I had to accept it. The bid was £2.6m (can you believe it!) and I had to accept because the chairman had taken it into his own hands and decided it was a good offer. Perhaps the game is more reminicent of real life than we think, when you look at Richard Dunne (how much did he move for anyway?).

  2. nick says:

    Whilst having no time for Mark Hughes as a manager,the way in which he was sacked on sat was deplorable. You wouldnt treat your worst enemy in the way Hughes was treated when it seems everyone in the football fraternity knew except him.
    The press conference yesterday did more harm to Citys reputation than good,where it became apparant Mancini had the job weeks ago.
    Man city are in threefall..in the sense that just because you have money it doesnt buy u instant success,these owners obviously know nothing about the game-what chance Mancini is there this time next year?

  3. Brian says:

    This whole incident reminds me of how Martin Jol was shown the door at Spurs. Management had meet with Juande Ramos behind Jol’s back at the start of the season. A few months into the season Jol was dismissed after a bad run of form, and Ramos was hired the next day.

  4. David says:

    I have become a loss for words with this situation. I support Fulham, have no business with Man City at all, but I went from feeling that Hughes was not a great manager, to now having nothing but my sincerest sympathy for him and how the “club” has acted. I emphasized club, because in no way would a true F.C. ever operate like this. Hearing what happens at places like Man City, Real Madrid and even Liverpool right now, makes me so happy to be a support of Fulham. We have a foreign owner, but he treats the club with dignity and respect, while also! running it like a proper business.

    If I’m someone in the FA who still has an ounce of respect and care for the beautiful game, I’m thinking up something, anything, to get the football club back in perspective for these flocking foreign owners who want to take someone with a respectable history such as City once had, and completely botch it with investing unimaginable amounts of money to buy success over night. Thanks, Abromovich.

  5. AtlantaPompey says:

    This behavior is a disgrace, but not unusual in football. Just look at the way Pompey have lied to the supporters, fired Paul Hart the day that Avram Grant got his work permit, promised outlandish signings, and generally destroyed any trust the supporters had in the people running the club.

    ManCity, while not in financial distress, is acting very similarly to Pompey.

  6. Huh says:

    If you own a business and your general manager is not performing how you think he should be what do you do?
    Do you sack him without having someone to do his job or do you sound out possible replacements in case his unsatisfactory performance continues?

    Did anyone lie to the fans? I watched the press conference live and when Mancini is asked did he discuss a position with city he said “no no no” and goes on to say they (he and Khaldoon) talked about Inter and other football maters, and that the only time he had discussed the job was after the Spurs game, which is the same as that total nugget Cook said. I think it will come out that Khaldoon spoke to a few Managers around about the same time, in preparation for Hughes messing up again and they didn’t have to wait to long as the Spuds game was the worse I have seen us all season and beyond.

    This kind of thing has happened for as long as I can remember many times, most clubs do not sack their managers on the spur of the moment, they wait till they have a replacement lined up but as City are the big news for the last two seasons and the latest media hate figure absolutely everything gets blown massively out of proportion.

  7. Stu says:

    Where did he lie? I’m missing that…

    Cook stated that research into replacements started about 3 weeks earlier. The same time Khaldoon met with Mancini. Where’s the problem?
    Cook gets far more stick than he deserves. Its a business, Hughes had a job in said company, and was fired with a replacement lined up already. Believe it or not, it happens in almost EVERY COMPANY IN EXISTANCE.

    And City have repeatedly stated that the decision was made and finalised by Khaldoon and Mansour. Cook was not a final decision maker in this.

    The problem lies in the people who still think this is traditional football and City have disgraced it. No, this has been the game for going on 2 decades now. Football is not the same as it was ‘in the good ‘ol days’. The sooner people get over it, the better

    • Huh says:

      Your right, but you have to admit there is a bit of the George Bush about Cook! He does his job very well though, the changes around MCFC are amazing and for the better.

  8. Stu says:

    I’ll admit that he looks like a buffoon at times. Anyone who thinks that the guy is an idiot, well, pot meet kettle. He does an outstanding job. From arranging the upgrade of the training/youth facilities to the trivial matter of building a queueline with a roof after noticing a long line of City fans waiting for tickets on matchday in the rain.

    He gets a huge amount of stick over the whole Kaka affair. He cocked up with the shirts sure, but remember…Kaka considered the move. Heavily.

  9. Dave says:

    Gary Cook isn’t the chairman, so stop calling him that.

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