Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook has resigned after an internal investigation into an email sent from his account mocking the cancer-suffering mother of defender Nedum Onuoha, the Premier League club said on Friday.
“Following the findings of the review, Chief Executive Officer Garry Cook has offered his resignation, which has been accepted with regret by the Board,” the club said in a statement on its website (www.mcfc.co.uk).
Anthonia Onuoha, who acts as her son’s agent, had emailed Cook saying that while she was “ravaged with cancer” it would not stop her negotiating on the player’s behalf over a contract dispute he was having.
She received a reply, which seemed to be intended for the club’s football administrator Brian Marwood, saying; “Brian... 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. G”
“The club confirms that there is foundation to Dr Onuoha’s allegations and the chairman has written to apologise to Dr Onuoha for any distress caused,” the statement said. Cook has often found himself in the spotlight for ill-judged remarks but where many have been laughed off as gaffes, this latest episode has cost him his job.
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