Garry Cook, a former Nike executive hired by Manchester City three years ago to be its chief executive, has resigned. Club chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak and the board accepted the resignation following an investigation to claims that Cook sent a mocking e-mail to defender Nedum Onuoha's mother, who is suffering from cancer.
Though Cook denied sending the e-mail and claimed his account had been hacked, City's investigation indicated "there is foundation" to the allegations. Khaldoon wrote an apology to Dr. Onuoha, who represents her son and notified the club that her illness would not prevent her from conducting that representation. In the e-mail, she used the term "ravaged with cancer."
Cook's e-mail is reported to have 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. G".
City director John MacBeath will fill the role of temporary chief executive officer while a replacement is sought.