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Emailgate: Cook Resigns Ahead Of City's Big Push



An unsavoury epsiode played out from the dreadful Sun to City's official website has concluded with the resignation of City Chief Executive Officer Garry Cook...

MCFC's boardroom led investigation into allegations that Cook sent an extremely inappropriate email to Nedum Onuoha's cancer stricken mother just under a year ago has ended and Cook's assertion that a hacker sent the email was obviously not the case.

Much has been made upon various grassy knolls over why the matter took a year to fall into Sun hack Shaun Custis' hands. The suggestion that Kia Joorabchian who although not a registered football agent has been at war with Cook for years has been well documented. Did he have a say? For his part, Joorabchian publicly denied last week any involvement with Onuoha who has failed to hold down a team place at City yet last month spoke about Onuoha's situation to BBC Sport.

I guess we'll never know, but Cook's decision to go now means that the club can immediately focus on building upon a terrific start to the season and the dawning of our first ever Champions League campaign.

Contrary to what you'll read in The Street of Shame, Cook was tremendously popular in and around SportCity and he had been behind many new supporter initiatives we have seen at City. It's a great shame that the stupidity of the email denial and the strange manner of it's disclosure should signal his downfall at City during such an exciting time. Cook leaves a club which is unrecognisable from the one he first arrived at.

Club statement:

'Manchester City Football Club announce that the Board led review initiated on Monday of this week, as a response to allegations made to the football club, football authorities and a national newspaper by Dr Anthonia Onuoha, has been concluded.

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.

Following the findings of the review, Chief Executive Officer Garry Cook has offered his resignation, which has been accepted with regret by the Board.

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak responded to the decision, saying:

'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.'


Garry 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. The privilege is in part offset however by the significant personal focus which has at times, detracted from the magnificent achievements of those working at the football club.

'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.

'I wish Roberto and his team and all of the fans and supportive partners of the Club the very best for exciting times ahead. I would also like to put on record my unreserved thanks to Sheikh Mansour, Khaldoon Al Mubarak and the Board and all of the very talented staff at the Club for their support throughout my tenure at Manchester City. I know the Club will go from strength to strength.'


Whilst the Board commences a search for a new Chief Executive Officer, Director John MacBeath will fulfil the role of temporary CEO, working closely with the Board.'






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Writer: Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 9 2011

Time: 5:14PM

Your Comments

Sad to see him go but go he had too, he had no choice. He'll bounce back soon - he's a fighter.
tudor
Sad to see him go but go he had too, he had no choice. He'll bounce back soon - he's a fighter.
tudor
Wow!
RobsonGreensleeves
Wow!
RobsonGreensleeves
Good luck Cook, these parasitical media hacks stitched him up good here. 11 months between email and public outrage coinciding with the failure of City to subsidize her son's wages in a loan move to Everton, cry me a river dear. Outsiders probably think we hate Cook but this man has done so much for our club, helping turn us from calamity club to European power. He did so much for the fans including keeping us one of the best value for money clubs in the league. If a scumbag like Kenyon takes over I don't forsee that policy remaining. Hopefully we can bring in a good CEO, have heard David Dein, Joan Laporta, and Tesco Asia boss/lifelong blue/Mancunian David Potts as rumoured candidates.
StuMCFC
Good luck Cook, these parasitical media hacks stitched him up good here. 11 months between email and public outrage coinciding with the failure of City to subsidize her son's wages in a loan move to Everton, cry me a river dear. Outsiders probably think we hate Cook but this man has done so much for our club, helping turn us from calamity club to European power. He did so much for the fans including keeping us one of the best value for money clubs in the league. If a scumbag like Kenyon takes over I don't forsee that policy remaining. Hopefully we can bring in a good CEO, have heard David Dein, Joan Laporta, and Tesco Asia boss/lifelong blue/Mancunian David Potts as rumoured candidates.
StuMCFC
Football clubs need to rise up against these hack p.r.i.c.k.s. They hysterically lambast Stoke for being long ball and physical, virtually tell Wenger to leave Arsenal, have already labelled AVB as a loser, continually refer to our 'Arab' owners, rip Carroll to pieces for having a beer on holiday, continue to go through 'Arrys bins for tax receipts, don't even mention the game in most reports (to concentrate on scandal)..... I could go on. Clubs should have a two month ban on press conferences as a starter.
RobsonGreensleeves
Football clubs need to rise up against these hack p.r.i.c.k.s. They hysterically lambast Stoke for being long ball and physical, virtually tell Wenger to leave Arsenal, have already labelled AVB as a loser, continually refer to our 'Arab' owners, rip Carroll to pieces for having a beer on holiday, continue to go through 'Arrys bins for tax receipts, don't even mention the game in most reports (to concentrate on scandal)..... I could go on. Clubs should have a two month ban on press conferences as a starter.
RobsonGreensleeves
Hope Cookie can come back in a year or two. It seems obvious to me that he was taking the mickey out of Dr Onouaha's use of her illness to get a better deal for her son. Not taking the mickey out of her illness. He made two errors in this. His first was to send the mail to the wrong recipient. His second, major error, was to deny it. He's been great for City though, and that's why the hacks have been after him for years. I wonder who they will turn their sites on next. Just picking at Mario won't be enough for them. I would welcome Garry back, with open arms, tomorrow.
thecamelsfoot
Hope Cookie can come back in a year or two. It seems obvious to me that he was taking the mickey out of Dr Onouaha's use of her illness to get a better deal for her son. Not taking the mickey out of her illness. He made two errors in this. His first was to send the mail to the wrong recipient. His second, major error, was to deny it. He's been great for City though, and that's why the hacks have been after him for years. I wonder who they will turn their sites on next. Just picking at Mario won't be enough for them. I would welcome Garry back, with open arms, tomorrow.
thecamelsfoot
One moment of indiscretion! What was he even thinking of? Sad to have to walk away from something you've helped build up just when it's starting to really come together. I wish him all the best. He should also apologize to Dr Onuoha.
midastouchjay
One moment of indiscretion! What was he even thinking of? Sad to have to walk away from something you've helped build up just when it's starting to really come together. I wish him all the best. He should also apologize to Dr Onuoha.
midastouchjay
MUEN: Asked why it had taken so long for the scandal to become public, Dr Onuoha said she had no control over the timing or publication.
Johnny Baguette
MUEN: Asked why it had taken so long for the scandal to become public, Dr Onuoha said she had no control over the timing or publication.
Johnny Baguette
There's a bloody conspiracy going on here JB. Like you say, why wait 11 bloody months for this story to surface? I bet there's some git lining their pockets with money. Barstewards!!
tudor
There's a bloody conspiracy going on here JB. Like you say, why wait 11 bloody months for this story to surface? I bet there's some git lining their pockets with money. Barstewards!!
tudor
Pound to a Euro somebody at The Sun will reveal the source. Just a matter of time, Tudes.
Johnny Baguette
Pound to a Euro somebody at The Sun will reveal the source. Just a matter of time, Tudes.
Johnny Baguette
Tit. But like any business there are people who do a decent job who are still tits. Not a big blow to City. City should aspire to be No1. in all matters, not just on the pitch. Body out, new body in on a shed load of money. A non-story.
Kid Charlemagne
Tit. But like any business there are people who do a decent job who are still tits. Not a big blow to City. City should aspire to be No1. in all matters, not just on the pitch. Body out, new body in on a shed load of money. A non-story.
Kid Charlemagne
Sorry to say, but regardless of the incredible revolution that has happened under his reign, the efforts that he's put to bring this club to the highest stage of European football, the dedication to make this club a role model of what a club can do for the community, Cook made an inexcusable mistake. There was no way he would be able to continue in his position without jeopardizing the clubs image, so there was only solution for him and the club: for him to resign... We now need to get someone in who has the same business acumen and vision as him without the blips...the question is: who is he?
Blue ponderer
Sorry to say, but regardless of the incredible revolution that has happened under his reign, the efforts that he's put to bring this club to the highest stage of European football, the dedication to make this club a role model of what a club can do for the community, Cook made an inexcusable mistake. There was no way he would be able to continue in his position without jeopardizing the clubs image, so there was only solution for him and the club: for him to resign... We now need to get someone in who has the same business acumen and vision as him without the blips...the question is: who is he?
Blue ponderer
Sad to say that he sent the e-mail (Not as bad as most of the hysterical media make out), then lied about it. For someone in his position that's inexcusable, and I can understand why he had to resign. But I am totally *****ed off at the way he was stitched up - 11 bleeding months? Hope someone gets done for blackmailing the club, because with every new twist to this story it becomes more and more clear that is the reason why it took so long for the e-mail to become public knowledge.
fifthcolumnblue
Sad to say that he sent the e-mail (Not as bad as most of the hysterical media make out), then lied about it. For someone in his position that's inexcusable, and I can understand why he had to resign. But I am totally *****ed off at the way he was stitched up - 11 bleeding months? Hope someone gets done for blackmailing the club, because with every new twist to this story it becomes more and more clear that is the reason why it took so long for the e-mail to become public knowledge.
fifthcolumnblue
P.S. Best of luck Gary, you did a great job for this club, and although the media led withc hunts against you may have influenced a lott of the sheep out their, a lot of us City fans realise how much you did for us.
fifthcolumnblue
P.S. Best of luck Gary, you did a great job for this club, and although the media led withc hunts against you may have influenced a lott of the sheep out their, a lot of us City fans realise how much you did for us.
fifthcolumnblue
Something nasty in the woodshed and the initals are K.J. .......
Doody
Something nasty in the woodshed and the initals are K.J. .......
Doody
 

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