Cook maintains City stance

Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook has again defended his club's conduct over the replacement of former manager Mark Hughes with Roberto Mancini less than a week ago.

Cook has come under fire in many sections of the media for his performance at a press conference to unveil Mancini, but he insists that discussions with the Italian before he replaced Hughes were of a routine nature.

He told the Daily Mail:"It is naive to think that clubs are not looking at their options, of course they are.

"Do we think that Liverpool just talked to Jurgen Klinsmann? I am sure they also spoke to others, and I have no doubt Roberto Mancini was one of them. Of course he would have been.

"The fact that Mancini met the (City) owner on December 7 in London is not the same as saying we had made up our minds then to sack Mark Hughes. We decided to sack the manager after the Spurs defeat.

"The fact that conversations took place prior to that is what lots of people do in football, and is part of what we do.

"But there is nothing misleading about what we told the public, the fans and the media in our press conference.

"Any club looking at their managerial options would draw up a list and a club like ours would look at the best in the world."

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