Citizens to stand by Hughes

16 December 2008 08:30
Manchester City's executive chairman Garry Cook has given his backing to manager Mark Hughes, while also confirming that the club will be cautious in the January transfer window. Hughes has come under fire with the Citizens only outside the Premier League drop zone on goal difference, but Cook is adamant that things will turn around in the coming weeks. He told the club's official website: "There are twists and turns in the business world and twists and turns in football. "Fans see those twists and turns, but what we don't want to do is change our direction and change what we're trying to get done over the long term based on a couple of results. "A few results from the last few games have not gone in our favour and what you don't want to do in situations like that is panic. "We're looking forward to a better second half of the year and Mark is working hard to correct some of the challenges that we've got. "Mark's got some challenges in some of the playing areas, he doesn't have a very deep squad and he talks about that. "Mark is an experienced guy and an experienced manager. He knows what success looks like and that he has a role to play in delivering that success." Of the likelihood of bringing in new players next month, Cook added: "We are talking about balance rather than building a Fantasy League team. "We are building on the academy, we are looking at young talent breaking into the international scene and we will complement that with some great stars, the kind of stars who City fans want to see. "But there is a 'Manchester City effect'. There have been speculative rumours about salaries and transfer fees and that has been affecting our ability to have normal business discussions."

Source: ESA