Garry Cook hints at more prudent Manchester City future


Chief executive Garry Cook has suggested that Manchester City's record-breaking transfer spending sprees are unlikely to be repeated.

Cook has hit out at suggestions that his club's massive outlay on new players has been irresponsible.

Manager Roberto Mancini spent £120million on a host of star names during the summer with Mario Balotelli, James Milner, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Jerome Boateng all arriving at Eastlands.

Recent financial results revealed that City's wage bill has topped the £130million mark and that has led to suggestions of problems when UEFA's new Financial Fair Play rules come into effect.

However, Cook claims that future spending is likely to be more controlled at a club which has a long-term plan.

"Clearly our intention is to comply (with the new regulations)," Cook told The Guardian.

"Our two-year plan was to take a budget and build a competency to compete at the highest level, not forgetting the need for succession planning in every position.

"We are pleased with how that worked and will not be signing players to the same level of intensity in the next transfer windows.

"Financial fair play is on our conscience, we talk about it at every board meeting and it's part of our long-term plan."

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