Manchester City bosses will not be in a hurry to replace former chief executive, Garry Cook as the needs of the business has evolved beyond the playing staff. The new boss will have to have experience to carry through infrastructure projects.
City's Abu Dhabi owners have, through the state-owned airline Etihad, paid £300m and more to sponsor the club shirt and a campus opposite the stadium. Developing the 80-acre site into a new training ground, academy and main stadium is the club's key strategic objective for the coming years.
Names in the frame are Peter Kenyon, the former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive, and John Williams, who left the Blackburn Rovers chairmanship in June to take up a football-operations role at Eastlands. But it is questionable that, even if they were attracted by a position that earned Cook £1.821m last year they may have to demonstrate other skillsets that City require to take the club forward.
City will do it their way as demonstrated by the appointment of John MacBeath to take temporary charge with Cook's demise. He is a 55-year-old British chartered accountant but before being appointed to City's board in January last year, MacBeath had never held a directorial position at any other English club.
Interesting times are ahead for the club.