Garry Cook has resigned as chief executive of Manchester City after the club completed their investigation into allegations he sent an offensive email to the mother and representative of Nedum Onuoha.
He had originally denied sending the message, claiming his account was hacked, but decided to offer his resignation after an investigation by City found there was foundation to the allegations.
Cook has released the following statement: “I am privileged to have held my position at Manchester City 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.”