Updated: Tuesday, 7th April 2020 @ 8:10am

Manchester City CEO Garry Cook forced to resign over offensive Onuoha email

Manchester City CEO Garry Cook forced to resign over offensive Onuoha email

By Barrie White, Liam Hocking and Melanie Hughes

Manchester City have announced that Garry Cook has resigned from the club following the weekend’s allegations of ridicule made by the mother of Nedum Onuoha.

Dr Anthonia Onuoha – who suffers from cancer – told The Sun that former Chief Executive Officer Cook had sent an offensive email to Football Administration Officer Brian Marwood in October 2010, which mocked her illness.

She had told Marwood in an email during contract negotiations for her son Nedum that she was ‘ravaged’ with the disease but Cook appeared to be making fun of her when he sent the following email:

“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.”

Cook – a former executive at sportswear giant Nike – had originally put forward the defence that his email had been hacked and that he had not been responsible for the offensive email.

But the board instigated an immediate review – using IT experts – after Dr Onuoha made a formal complaint to the Football Association.

City today announced that there were some foundation to the accusations and Cook himself has also now publically admitted that he had made a huge error of judgement

The club said: “On behalf of Sheikh Mansour and the Board, I would like to thank him for his energy and tireless commitment to serving all those connected with the football club. 

“His judgement in this matter should in no way lead to his accomplishments being overlooked.”

Cook said: “I am privileged to have held my position at Manchester City Football Club and to have experienced the opportunities that it has presented. 

“It is that factor, together with my error of judgement in this matter that has prompted me to reach this decision, which I believe is in the best interests of the football club.”

City have announced that club director John MacBeath will taker up the role of temporary CEO while the club search for Cook’s permanent replacement.