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Cook admits embarrassing City fans

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Former Manchester City chief executive, Garry Cook, has admitted to embarrassing supporters of the Etihad Stadium club while in his position.

Cook’s time at the Citizens was littered with blunders and gaffes, until last September when he resigned following allegations he sent an offensive e-mail to Nedum Onuoha’s mother.

He also accidentally inducted “Uwe Rösler into the Manchester United hall of fame” while hosting an official supporter’s club function, as well as accusing AC Milan of “bottling it” when a deal for Kaka fell through.

“There are no excuses. There are my interpretations and there are the interpretations of the press,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

“The thing I always felt when those interpretations were manifested was the embarrassment I'd caused the fans.

“In the end, I really felt that I didn't want to continue being the scapegoat of Manchester City and the point of attack.”

Cook was recruited to the City board by disgraced former owner, Thaksin Shinawatra, whom he described as a “nice guy”, even though he had been found guilty of corruption in Thailand.

Despite the blunders, Cook did oversee the appointment of Mark Hughes as manager and was supposedly pivotal in the Abu Dhabi United Group takeover, which brought the spending power that has helped propel them to the summit of the Premier League.

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