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Manchester City CEO Garry Cook Resigns Over Offensive Email

Manchester City CEO Garry Cook has tendered his resignation, which was been accepted by the club.

The departure of Cook from Manchester City stems from an incident that happened eleven months ago. Dr Anthonia Onuoha, who is the mother of Nedum Onuoha and also her son’s agent, had notified Cook and City’s Director of Football Brian Marwood that she was “ravaged” with cancer.

However, Cook allegedly forwarded the e-mail to Marwood which read:


Ravaged with it!!……..I don’t know how you sleep at night. You used to be such a nice man when I worked with you at Nike.


Except that instead of forwarding the e-mail to Marwood, Cook must have hit ‘Reply’ or ‘Reply All’ by mistake because Dr. Onuoha was copied on the e-mail.

Nothing happened for eleven months until the e-mail in question was brought to the attention of The Sun newspaper, which wrote an article about the incident. Cook initially denied the incident and claimed his computer had been hacked.

But after an investigation by Manchester City, the club announced that “there is foundation to Dr Onuoha’s allegations and the Chairman has written to apologise to Dr Onuoha for any distress caused.”

This isn’t the first time that Cook has gotten into trouble. He’s been prone to errors (such as welcoming City favorite Uwe Rosler to the Manchester United hall of fame, in addition to other mistakes). However, despite the errors, he has been a pivotal player in getting Manchester City to where they are today.

In the past, City may have blown off the incident. But with the owner Sheikh Mansour, there are high expectations and the club, rightly so, should only expect the best of the best. They can’t afford to have a PR nightmare such as Cook making silly mistakes. Yes, mistakes do happen, but when they happen over and over again, it’s time to move on and get someone more qualified and reliable for the position.

Cook may pass the incident off as an honest mistake, but City can’t afford to have a loose cannon such as Cook on their books, especially when he’s a liability to the rising Manchester City brand.

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  1. IanCransonsKnees

    September 10, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Thank God for that, the soft prick, his franchising and cutting the league down to 12 can disappear back to selling running shoes.

  2. YNWA-2011

    September 10, 2011 at 12:35 am

    And Ballotelli is the Duke of Edinburgh….

  3. dlink09

    September 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    hmm so who will be the next salesman for sheik..
    this link is not working.. white page

    • The Gaffer

      September 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      dlink, what browser and operating system are you using?

      The Gaffer

      • Shannon

        September 10, 2011 at 12:27 am

        Not working for me, either. Windows Home Server 2011, 64 bit, using Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

        • The Gaffer

          September 10, 2011 at 8:24 am

          Thanks Shannon. If you or one of the other users can try it again, we made a fix after you posted this comment. Hopefully it’s working now for you and the other readers.

          Thanka for your patience.

          The Gaffer

  4. Alan Knut

    September 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Cook is gone, it has been confirmed on their website. He offered his resignation and the board accepted.

    As someone who has had cancer, I laughed at the whole situation. Nedum’s mom is probably kind of annoying judging by what I’ve read about this contract negotiations and the fact she said her body was “ravaged” by cancer.

    This e-mail is weird… because it doesn’t make much sense. There is the joke, and then the stuff afterwards lacks context.

    We’ll find out if Cook will be missed at the club. This isn’t the first time he has put his foot in his mouth. He is certainly a very successful business executive, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be replaced. I think the ethos Sheik Mansour has brought in will help continue the positive things Cook has done for the club.

  5. Tony

    September 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Can someone please explain to me what was wrong with his email ? Sure it’s not great that he made the comment but it seems to me he was having a joke with Marwood about Marwood, not the person with cancer. This has confused me since I first read about this story.

    • Why?

      September 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      He does not go because of the e-mail, he goes because he tried to cover up the fact that he sent it. If he had said yes I made a mistake fair enough but he didn’t.

  6. MUFC77

    September 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    “I’d like to welcome Uwe Rösler into the Manchester United Hall of Fame”. Absolutely brilliant!!!

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