Tuesday 20 February 2018

The end of an Eastlands era

May 2008: Hired as City chief by then-owner Thaksin Shinawatra, having been head of 'Brand Jordan' at Nike.

August 2008: Describes Dr Thaksin as "a great guy to play golf with", and says that he "can't worry too much" about human rights abuses.

September 2008: City are taken over by Abu Dhabi, sign Robinho for £32m.

January 2009: City try to buy Kaka from Milan, the deal falls through, and Cook accuses Milan of "bottling it".

July 2009: Cook oversees the signing of Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez, and a controversial poster campaign.

November 2009: Accidentally welcomes cult striker Uwe Rosler to the "Manchester United Hall of Fame".

December 2009: Gives a forthright press conference as Mark Hughes is replaced by Roberto Mancini.

January 2010: Filmed saying before City's Carling Cup semi-final with Manchester United that it is a case of "not if, but when, we beat United again".

December 2010: Carlos Tevez hands in a transfer request but is convinced to stay at City by the club.

May 2011: City win the FA Cup, their first trophy since 1976, and finish third, qualifying for the Champions League group stages.

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