HATCHET MAN: Eastlands chief cooks up the sort of waffle that will ensure Ribery and Henry join Kaka
26 March 2009 09:37
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Two months after failing spectacularly to sign Kaka from AC Milan and Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook is still claiming that everything they did in the Brazilian's pursuit made sense.
Never mind the 'bottled it' claim afterwards or the general outrage at the £100million fee that was under discussion, Cook is unrepentant, still talking tosh and liable to fail the club again.
He said: 'I don't think it was the amount. I think it was that Manchester City were putting themselves in that arena - that was the biggest surprise for everybody.
'We'd put four months of work into it. I think the perception was that it was a whim, and it really wasn't that - nor would we do anything at this club on a whim.
'It was thought through - there was return on that investment. We felt it was the right move as a team.'
Unfortunately, whoever gave Cook a golden exit clause in his contract - thought to be worth a seven figure sum - did not make the right move and if City are serious about signing players such as Thierry Henry and Franck Ribery they might need somebody else to do it.