Cook delighted with Man City opportunity

Former Nike boss Garry Cook is delighted to be back in England as new executive chairman of Manchester City.

"It was too good an opportunity at too good a football club," said Birmingham-born Cook, who still has a passion for the St Andrews outfit.

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"Suddenly, my career and my own history were irrelevant, I had to move.

"I told my wife this was a boyhood dream. The problem with boyhood dreams is that they are selfish. The only issue is that she was born in Florida, so I hope the weather does not beat her up too much."

With the sun beating down on City's Carrington training complex and Cook's friendships with Michael Jordan and Rod Stewart threatening to sprinkle stardust over Eastlands next season, he could be forgiven for thinking he had hardly left home at all.

However, Cook is aware he needs to build a few bridges, specifically with the supporters who have fallen out of love with Thaksin over his treatment of the popular Eriksson.

"We serve three communities; the owners, the employees and the fans," he said. "There are bridges that need to be built and we have to put some plans together about how you do that.

"It is not for me to comment about what happened before I or Mark arrived but it made people uncertain and uncertainty makes people think something is wrong. But there is nothing wrong with this football club. It is a very strong organisation that is being well run.

"We are moving forward and I want the fans to come with us. After this week, once they see what we have got planned for them, I think they will."

And the blunt message for anyone not happy with the journey under Thaksin is 'get used to it'.

"In British football today fundamental needs are required that have changed over the last 10 years," said Cook. "A wealthy owner is one.

"You also need great management, who know what they need to be successful. You also have to be prepared for European football. There are steps to be taken. However, if you look at the fundamentals, we have everything at Manchester City.

"We are a great club with tremendous fans and owners who want success and are willing to invest in it. That is a the right recipe in anyone's book."

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