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Man City chief Cook calm over lowly league position

Manchester City executive chairman Garry Cook has dismissed concerns over their league position.

City sit in 17th place, but Cook said: "I'm really pleased with how things are going. I don't think we could be much happier. We have gone through an awful lot of change, which is often difficult to manage. In the last 60-90 days, to go through the change of ownership and from one personality to a completely new one is a big challenge."

With City taking just five points from the last 24 in the League, there has been inevitable debate about Mark Hughes's position.

Cook was understandably reluctant to place further pressure on his manager by setting targets for the second half of the season. But he said: "Mark and I have always said top 10 and ideally top six is what we are aiming for in the very short term.

"In the back half of the year we believe there is going to be much improvement. Mark's plans and the way he is running the team are going to build and change and confidence will start to build. Once we get through the first window, when Mark's impact will be able to advance the future of the club, things will start to settle down."

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