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Sep, 23, 2008

Al Mubarak ready to build Man City "dynasty"

New Manchester City's chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has outlined his plans for the club, insisting Mark Hughes will have control over football matters and also revealed how they intend to run the business in "a sustainable manner" and build a "dynasty". The takeover of the club by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan and his Abu Dhabi United Group was completed on Tuesday night with a delighted Al Mubarak in the stands for City's 6-0 demolition of Portsmouth on Sunday.

After the big money bids for Dimitar Berbatov, David Villa, Mario Gomez and also the successful move for Robinho, City are expected to again spend once the transfer window reopens in January.

Although Robinho was signed with Hughes reportedly on the golf course he will be fully involved in any future transfer plans.

Al Mubarak added that he plans to make City a community-based club rather than removing them from their roots.

"We are genuine people and we want to develop this club in a sustainable manner,'' he told the club's official website. "Nothing rash is going to happen, we are not going to do crazy stuff.

"We will work with (executive chairman) Garry Cook and Mark. They call the shots and we are here to support to help build a sustainable club. Mark is as good as they get and we are backing him all the way. He makes the football decisions and we are here to learn.

"We want to hear from the fans and the community. We want to bring this club back to the community and to the fans. We are here as long-term investors, and it makes sense for us to build a dynasty. Between Mark and Garry, I think we have a dynasty in the making.

"With our backing, with the commitment we are going to make to the academy in the next 10 years there is going to be a tremendous period for Manchester City and for us. And I think we are going to have a blast doing it!''

Al Mubarak reiterated that the manager will have the final say on transfer dealings.

He said: "One thing I have made very clear to Mark is that any player he wants comes from him. I am not an expert. It is Mark who runs the club and Mark who makes the football decisions.

"We are here to support and make financial decisions, but we are not here to teach Mark or Garry what to do. They are the professionals, we trust them, we have confidence in them and we are going to support them.

"Mark is an honest man, he's a leader, he's tough and he is everything you would want in a head coach. We trust him, he's one of the gems we saw in this club once we came here.

"He will put a plan together to win trophies, but we will be patient. As long as it is being managed properly and the players are doing what they need to do, then it will take whatever it takes.''

Al Mubarak also met academy manager Jim Cassell and said: "That was one of my most enjoyable experiences. I have the highest confidence in him, we will be working a lot with him.

"We want to learn from the model that has been so successful here. My mandate from Sheikh Mansour was to spend as much time as I could with the academy, and I have promised him that's what I am going to do.

"I have promised him that I'll do what I can to ensure that this academy is the best not just in England, but in Europe.''

Al Mubarak added: "The watchwords are patient, committed, and long term. If you look at Sheikh Mansour's track record and Abu Dhabi's track record in general, they are always sensible investors, well regarded by everyone.''

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