Friday, 27 February 2009

Winter on Marwood

Interesting stuff on the role of our new 'Football Administrator' from Henry Winter today:
The board confirmed that Brian Marwood, formerly of Arsenal and England, will arrive from Nike to coordinate football administration, liaising with the dressing room, academy, sports science department and even organising protection for players’ houses while they are away on European duty (a sensitive issue in the North West after attacks on the properties of United and Liverpool players).

He is not a technical director. Repeat not. Knowing he would have to explain Marwood’s role to Hughes, Cook used the apt analogy of a winger serving a centre-forward. In City’s new chain of command, Marwood reports to Hughes. A popular figure within football, Marwood could prove a real ally for City’s manager. Along with Bellamy, Nigel de Jong and Shay Given, Marwood represents a smart signing by City’s executive chairman. Furious at losing such a valued employee, Nike’s top brass went ballistic with Cook.

The article also confirms that Garry Cook has aligned himself with Hughes before the club's owners.

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