Date: 31st May 2011 at 3:41pm
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Sports journalist Ian Ladyman from the Daily Mail wrote…

‘Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini flew to Abu Dhabi for talks with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak as his relationship with Garry Cook and Brian Marwood continued to show signs of strain.’


Ian Ladyman


How does Ladyman know about a strained relationship between Roberto Mancini, Garry Cook and Brian Marwood?

Ladyman continued…

‘Mancini will try to convince Khaldoon of the need to spend ambitiously on at least four players this summer, rather than follow the more cautious approach recommended by the club’s chief executive Cook and football administrator Marwood.’

Not too sure were he got the figure of four new players but hey, I won’t argue the point.

‘The meeting will also be attended by Cook and Marwood and Mancini sees it as his chance to air his increasing frustration with them and assert his authority over transfer plans.’

Authority, what authority. Khaldoon Al Mubarak is the Chairman, Roberto Mancini is the manager, Garry Cook is Chief Executive and Brian Marwood’s role is Football Administration Officer. Everyone is well aware of their position within the club and I can’t see MCFC professional having to assert their authority over anyone.

And there’s more…

‘He (Mancini) will tell Khaldoon that City must buy a central defender, a right-sided midfielder, playmaker and striker.’

Tell or ask. There is a significant difference between the two.

‘Although Mancini’s relationship with Cook and Marwood remains civil, it is understood that it is worsening.’

How does he know this? Is Ian part of the News of the World list of employees or former employees involved in alleged phone-hacking?

The article continues here…

I have nothing against the Daily Mail or Ian Ladyman but I sometimes wonder where these sorts of articles come from.

Have I gone too far?

Is this article in the public interest?

Is Ian Ladyman a muppet?

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