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Man City’s Garry Cook’s Email To Anthonia Onuoha Was Sent From His iPad: Do They Work In South Africa?

by | 6th, September 2011

CAN Garry Cook hang on to his job as Manchester City’s £1.8 million Chief Executive? Haven’t Man City got a spare CE in a storeroom on £1.6m a year they can call upon while Cook nurses an injury. Given the trend of City to buy anything Arsenal, has anyone seen David Dein?

You can read the story of why Cook is in hot water here . But the nuts of it are that 11 months ago an email was sent from his email address account at City to Nedum Onuoha’s cancer-suffering mother which made light of her illness. It was addressed to Cook’s colleague Brian Marwood.

Dr Anthonia Onuoha wrote to City’s football administrator, Brian Marwood. She said her body was ravaged with cancer and ongoing chemotherapy but she was still sharp of mind.

Two weeks later she, reportedly, received this:

“Brian. Ravaged with it!!……I don’t now how you sleep at night. You used to be such a nice man when I worked with you at nike.”

That message was signed “G”.

City release a statement:

“Following allegations made to the football club by Dr Anthonia Onuoha, subsequently reported in today’s media, the club can confirm that a board-led review has been launched into the matter.”

Cook had said the matter was resolved and the culprit hacker if you will has been nabbed. He denies that he sent the email.

The story took on new element when Dr Onuotha, who works as her son’s agent, told the Sun :

“When I opened up my emails and saw the message, it was the worst day of my life, even worse than being diagnosed with cancer.”

Conclusions should not be jumped to. But the knives are out for Cook.

Ian Wright tells Sun readers:

They can’t sweep this one under the carpet. Nor can the FA and the Premier League. The FA couldn’t wait to hand Wayne Rooney a ban for swearing last season. Let’s see how quickly they act over a far more serious allegation involving a chief executive.

Utter nonsense, of course. One story is about the internal working of a football club and a misogynistic, smutty, crass email the other is England’s striker telling the Sky Sports paying public to “fuck off”.

John Hartson tells Sun readers:

“To take the p*** out of a poor woman fighting cancer just sickens me. It’s the actions of the lowest of the low. Whoever sent it should be sacked. It’s shocking and downright despicable.”

The Press Association reports:

Cook attracted a series of negative headlines early in his tenure. At one stage he described subsequently discredited former City owner Thaksin Shinawatra as “a great guy to play golf with”.

And, er, that’s it. Shinawatra, who passed the Premier League’s fit and proper test to own a football club and was voted in as Thailand’s first Prime Minster was convicted in 2008 of abuse of authority over a land deal. If Cook has misjudged the calibre of his golf buddy what of the Premier League’s judgment and that of the Thai people?

As Cook said:

“Is he a nice guy? Yes. Is he a great guy to play golf with? Yes. Has he got the finances to run a club? Yes. I really care about those three things.”

The media is looking for Cook gaffes. The Telegraph

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