Former Manchester City general manager Garry Cook has revealed that Dick Advocaat turned down the chance to manage the club ten years ago.

Back in December 2009, Manchester City, who had just came under their new rich ownership the previous year, sacked Mark Hughes.

Speaking to The Athletic, then general manager Garry Cook revealed that he spoke with several managers after sacking Hughes, including Dutchman Dick Advocaat.

He said, “We met Carlo Ancelotti. It was more like: how are you, what’s going on at the moment? We also met with Dick Advocaat’s agent and then it was the same: should it ever come to that, would you be interested? But Dick only wanted to be a national coach, no longer training a club. “I don’t like working at Christmas,”

Manchester City would go on to appoint Roberto Mancini, while Advocaat would still take charge of several clubs, including PSV, AZ, Sunderland, Fenerbah├že, Sparta Rotterdam, FC Utrecht and now Feyenoord.

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