Guardian, Monday, December 21, 2009 12:15 PM
' ouster at Manchester City raises the question who's calling the shots at the English club. It brought the spotlight on the role of Brian Marwood
, an unofficial adviser to the club's owner, Abu Dhabi United.
Like chief executive Garry Cook
worked at Nike and was brought in by Cook last winter. Marwood's role was the be a "continental-style director of transfers," wherein conflicts with Hughes arose. Hughes was not keen on signing
from Milan -- a deal that collapsed -- or fellow Brazilian Robinho
from Real Madrid -- a deal that went through
but has been a failure.
Marwood likely sought out Italian Roberto Mancini
after he got word from Abu Dhabi that a replacement for Hughes was needed.
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