By Marcus Leach

The news that Manchester City's chief executive Garry Cook has resigned over claims he emailed a player's mother mocking her sickness is a lesson in email security.

Initially Cook claimed his email account was hacked, although it has now emerged that Manchester City said there are grounds for the allegations made by Nedum Onuoha's cancer-suffering mother.

We have all sent emails, at one stage or another, to the wrong recipient and it is always an embarrassment. However, in a position of authority it is paramount one checks exactly what they are sending to whom.

However, If Cook is indeed guilty, as it may appear so, then there is no excuse for his actions.

Manchester City 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.”

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