Club Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has spoken of his respect for Mark Hughes and Garry Cook as well as of his excitement at the plans taking shape for the Manchester City Football Club of the future.
Speaking shortly after the first meeting of the new-look City board, he also noted that whilst immediate additions to the squad would be made in January, it is the long-term plans which are also at the forefront of his mind.
“We are calm and under control and we on the board have the highest regard for Mark. I am personally committed to him as I am committed to the partnership between Executive Chairman Garry Cook, Mark and myself.
“This is a winning team that is going through a learning curve right now. While January is going to be an interesting opportunity for Mark to improve the team, this is an exciting ten-year dynasty that we are building and we are only in the first two months."
Mr Mubarak also laughed off suggestions regarding the Manager's position made in some Sunday newspapers, adding:
“Thankfully I do not read the newspapers that are saying he is under pressure but I find it incredible. Just today I am told that there are reports that we are associated with two different coaches and that we are about to sign them!
“It is rubbish. I am committed to Mark and his team and I think people will see in January that we have good foundations in place in the team, we have a good coach and that we will be upgrading in terms of players. Hopefully the results will come.”