By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi-backed club starts search for replacement, says chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City Football Club said on Friday that its CEO had resigned over allegations he sent an offensive email to the mother of a player.
Following a Board led review initiated on Monday into claims made to the football club by Dr Anthonia Onuoha, mother of Nedum, Garry Cook offered his resignation, the club said in a statement posted on its website.
Allegations emerged earlier this week that he sent an email to the doctor, who has cancer, ridiculing her illness.
"As a result, the Club can confirm 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 added.
Following the findings of the review, CEO Cook offered his resignation, which has been accepted with regret by the board.
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “Garry has made a remarkable contribution to Manchester City Football Club over the past three years.
“His judgement in this matter should in no way lead to his accomplishments being overlooked. On every level, the club is unrecognisable from the organisation which he inherited and our staff and supporter services, community outreach and commercial activity have seen unparalleled growth under his direction with yet more projects to be realised on the horizon.
“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. He will always be welcome at Manchester City.”
Cook added that his decision to resign was "in the best interests of the football club".
While the club starts a search for a new CEO, director John MacBeath will fulfil the role of temporary CEO, the club added.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
What a shame, what an absolute shame this Cook character is. As far as his "contributions", he wrote checks for players....big deal! Instead of praising Cook's supposed contributions to City the club should just have said they had "accepted Cook's resignation in light of his actions which the Club in no way supports or condones" and that's it! City should now use this opportunity to go out there and find a first class CEO who will bring integrity back to this position.