Eastlands wasteland: The wit and wisdom of Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook

29 January 2010 07:59
City taunter: Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney's dramatic header didn't just seal a famous victory for Manchester United, it heaped further embarrassment on Manchester City Chief Executive Garry Cook who had, publicly, predicted United's demise in the Carling Cup.

Famously prone to a gaffe, the City executive has earned a reputation for using his feet, but where the likes of Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy use theirs on the pitch, he tends to spend time removing his from his mouth.

Here's some of Sportsmail's favourite Cook clangers

Cook's (not so) magic ballOn a recent visit to New York, Cook was addressing a group of City supporters and, oblivious to the watching cameras, stated that he believed the Eastlands club are on the way up, soon to overtake United.

He said: '[City will become] without doubt the biggest and best football club in the world.' And that it was a case of, 'Not if but when we are at Wembley having beaten Man United yet again.'

The 3-1 victory to United last night would suggest otherwise on both counts.

Cook, the great judge of character Cook gladly accepted the job at City in June 2008 and the waiting media were, obviously, very curious to hear his views on the human rights record of owner and former Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra.

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In a stunningly na? reply, Cook said: 'Is he a nice guy? Yes. Is he a great guy to play golf with? Yes. Whether he's guilty of something over there, I can't worry too much aboutMorally, I feel comfortable in this environment.'

A year later he backtracked: 'I have made some mistakes in my life, but I deeply regretted my failure to do proper research on Thaksin.' 

Cook, the closet United fan?United in grief: Uwe Rosler and Garry Cook

With 700 people looking on at the Official Supporters Club 60th Anniversary dinner, Cook welcomed legendary striker Uwe Rosler on stage to say a few words.

The proud German - who netted 50 league goals for the club - was waiting to be inducted in the club's Hall of Fame.

Cook then proceeded to introduce the guest of honour on stage with these words 'I'd like to welcome Uwe Rosler into the Manchester United Hall of Fame.'

You couldn't make it up.

Too many Cooks Just as City embarked on a £200m spending spree last summer, Cook reiterated that Mark Hughes was the man for the job at City.

Getting shirty: Garry Cook gave Mark Hughes (left) assurances his job was safe - just before bringing in Roberto Mancini to replace him

He said: 'We have a manager in place that we're very happy with. We have never talked to Jose Mourinho or anyone else.'

Hughes was replaced by Roberto Mancini after being sacked on December 19 - Happy Christmas.

Cook's tough-talkingKaka? Na-na! The Brazilian turned his back on City

The world of football can be a ruthless cut-throat pace, the thing to do is not show any weakness, don't let your opponents know you're rattled. 

Oh, hang on, too late - the botched purchase of Kaka clearly got to Cook. 

'The player was clearly for sale.' He stated. 'We had entered into a confidentiality agreement weeks ago but, in my personal opinion, Milan bottled it.' 

Temper, temper.

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