Did the City hacker buy Santa Cruz?


Early Doors

Mon Sep 05 08:56AM

Ah, the email gaffe. Scourge of modern man, destroyer of
empires, curse of the trigger-happy sender.

You know the sort of thing. Every few months a story comes
out about some chump who bad-mouths his boss or his mother-in-law, and
accidentally sends the offending screed to them.

Earlier this year, one Harry Fildes went viral when he
engaged in a bawdy email conversation about his ex-girlfriend – then
accidentally copied her in.

Most of us have done something similar, if less
catastrophic. We all know that stomach-churning feeling as you realise you have
dropped a clanger.

The latest instalment is rather distasteful and centres
around Manchester City chief exec Garry Cook.

The situation is this: Nedum Onuoha was in a contract
dispute with Manchester City. His mother, Dr Anthonia Onuoha, is also his agent.
She also happens to have cancer.

She wrote an email to City’s ‘football administrator’ Brian
Marwood, copying in Cook, expressing displeasure at some previous
correspondence from Marwood.

Her email included the sentence: “My body might be
ravaged by cancer and ongoing chemotherapy but, thankfully, my intellectual and
mental capacities remain fully functional.”

What followed was an email from Cook’s account, intended for
Marwood. It read:

“Brian,
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”

Problem is, the email was sent to Dr Onuoha, who was
understandably very upset. D’, and indeed, Oh!

Now, ED should make it clear that Cook denies sending this.
He insists his email account was hacked into, and that disciplinary proceedings
are under way against a member of staff at the club.

Early Doors has no knowledge of the situation besides what
it has read in the paper and certainly has no evidence that Cook is telling
anything but the truth.

It’s just that, rather than Cook absent-mindedly pressing
reply instead of forward, he is asking us to believe; that his email account
was hacked by a staff member at City; the hacker either attempted to send an
email to Marwood, masquerading as Cook, and mistakenly sent it to Dr Onuoha; or
they deliberately sent it to Dr Onuoha, presumably in an attempt to get Cook
into trouble.

ED knows what Occam’s razor would say.

In any case, if Cook’s explanation is correct, isn’t that a
much bigger issue for City than a single unpleasant email from the chief
executive?

If a hacker has been in Cook’s emails, what else have they
been doing?

Have they gained access to confidential information? Have
they sent any more emails in his name?

Maybe it was actually a hacker who chose to spend £17.5
million on Roque Santa Cruz?

Did the hacker invite Roberto Mancini into the City of
Manchester Stadium while his predecessor Mark Hughes was in the dugout managing
the team against Sunderland?

Perhaps it was a hacker who told the Daily Telegraph of
Thaksin Shinawatra: “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.”

And was it the hacker who inducted Uwe Rosler into “the
Manchester United Hall of Fame”?

All could become clear in the coming days…

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Isn’t it lucky Jack Wilshere didn’t play the European
Under-21 Championship in the summer?

By giving the young tyke a well-earned break, Arsenal have
ensured he is in peak early-season form for club and countr… What’s that? He
could be out until December with his ankle injury?

Never mind. At least fellow U21 cryer-off Andy Carroll
looked pin-sharp as he fired Liverpool to Carling Cup glory at Exeter.

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Carlos Tevez turns the self-pity up to 11: “I’m not
the s**t that they say I am. I had a personal crisis this summer. I
put on five or six kilos and had to check into a clinic. I was depressed and so
I ate and ate. Only my family and friends know this.
People can criticise me if I don’t play well, but they can’t say ‘He missed a
penalty so the coach would be sacked.’ It’s the bad feeling towards me that I
can’t stand.”

– – –

FOREIGN VIEW: Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu is absolutely
begging to be punched in the face next time he goes to North London.

Here he is gloating about how Barcelona mugged Arsenal for
the purchase of Cesc Fabregas: “The transfer of Cesc was a very good deal
for us.

“The price on the open market wouldn’t have been €29m
but he lowered his value by saying that he really wanted to go to Barcelona.
His real price was what Arsenal initially asked – at least €60m.

“The fact that we announced in advance that we would
only spend €45m this summer worked to our advantage. Clubs were already aware
of our position.”

To paraphrase:
tapping-up works.

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  1. Jack Wheelchair injured again.

    How did that happen, running away from an eccentric man clutching a bag of Revels ?

    elena_grosskopfFrom elena_grosskopf on Mon Sep 05 09:09AM

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  2. Hate Barcelona, cheats. Real Madrid too. God hurry up with financial fair play!

    hiberno_kninFrom hiberno_knin on Mon Sep 05 09:10AM

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  3. @helena.
    Its Wilshere not what you called it.
    Respect is reciprocal.
    Respect the Boy!
    Gooners 4 Ever!

    stevo539From stevo539 on Mon Sep 05 09:21AM

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  4. When Cesc will break his two legs, Barca will be able to celebrate their bargain. This is called karma!

    richardritamFrom richardritam on Mon Sep 05 09:31AM

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  5. ‘..35 million pound player looks good against exeter….’.says it all really!

    stuartxlandFrom stuartxland on Mon Sep 05 09:41AM

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  6. QUOTE OF THE GAY: Carlos Tevez turns the battery-charger up to 11:
    “I am the shyte that they say I am.”
    I had a colonoscopy this summer. I snorted five or six kilos and had to check into a clinic. I was depressed and so I chewed and swallowed. My family and friends know this, I lurvemen People can criticise me if I don’t pay well, but they can’t say ‘He fingered a rectum and licked the coach’s sac.’ It’s the erectile dysfunction and Kevin Keegan that I can’t stand.”

    elena_grosskopfFrom elena_grosskopf on Mon Sep 05 09:42AM

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  7. @stevie69
    Its Elena not what you called it.
    Respect is reciprocal.
    Respect the Chav ?
    Goonies Never!

    elena_grosskopfFrom elena_grosskopf on Mon Sep 05 09:45AM

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  8. ED: “Have they send any more emails in his name?” What is the past participle of the verb “to send”? My grammar teacher said “sent” but ED writes (or types) “send”; whom am i to believe? I’ll stick with my teacher’s version so i should have something like, “Have they sent any more emails in his name?” Go ahead, ED, and change it; you are welcome!!

    yawboakye86From yawboakye86 on Mon Sep 05 09:45AM

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  9. Barcelona, cheats from the top to the bottom…this is why they fall down injured when a player looks at them. This cheating is part of their training schedule.

    locomotive46From locomotive46 on Mon Sep 05 09:46AM

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  10. this really is a very stupid pointless column…more fool me for wasting my time reading it…..hahahahha

    willplankFrom willplank on Mon Sep 05 09:49AM

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  11. Perhaps those commenting on this (and yes, including you teenage scribblers posing as ‘Early Doors’)might want to know/check the­ full facts before doing so..such as, taking just one­ example at random from amongst the many things people­ might just like to consider, exactly WHEN this e-mail­ exchange actually happened? ( Not mentioned above,­ October 2010, almost 12 months ago…Wonder why­ it’s taken so long to become public?)

    kevin.roberts58From kevin.roberts58 on Mon Sep 05 09:54AM

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  12. terrible effort today ED

    knee_tremblerFrom knee_trembler on Mon Sep 05 10:14AM

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  13. tevez is a money leech, i hope he dies

    george_graham_crayfordFrom george_graham_crayford on Mon Sep 05 10:37AM

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  14. It seems ridiculous, but statistics say that 80% of us are wearing the wrong size bra – though we’ve got a sneaking suspicion it could even be more.

    global.vaginaFrom global.vagina on Mon Sep 05 10:40AM

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  15. george_graham_crayford – you are sooooo BOTTOM! Can I top you? 80% of us are wearing the wrong size bra. YOU ARE NO EXCEPTION!

    global.vaginaFrom global.vagina on Mon Sep 05 10:44AM

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  16. “The English league is the best…take a look at the all 2 predictable La Liga trash!”

    The only difference between the EPL and La Liga is the EPL has 3 teams dominating instead of 2.

    Man United and Man City beat 4th and 5th from last season by a total of 13 goals to 3 – doesn’t that show just how one-sides the Premiership now is??

    countyofinterFrom countyofinter on Mon Sep 05 10:44AM

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  17. It seems ridiculous, but statistics say that 80% of us are wearing the wrong size bra – though we’ve got a sneaking suspicion it could even be more.

    global.vaginaFrom global.vagina on Mon Sep 05 10:45AM

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  18. FOREIGN VIEW: It seems ridiculous, but statistics say that 80% of us are wearing the wrong size bra – though we’ve got a sneaking suspicion it could even be more.

    global.vaginaFrom global.vagina on Mon Sep 05 10:49AM

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  19. QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It seems ridiculous, but statistics say that 80% of us are wearing the wrong size bra – though we’ve got a sneaking suspicion it could even be more. I am no exception, infact my bra smells”

    ED, Montag, 06, September 2011

    global.vaginaFrom global.vagina on Mon Sep 05 10:50AM

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  20. QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It seems ridiculous, but statistics say that 80% of us are wearing the wrong size bra – though we’ve got a sneaking suspicion it could even be more. I am no exception, infact my bra smells”

    ED, Montag, 06, September 2011

    global.vaginaFrom global.vagina on Mon Sep 05 10:50AM

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  21. lol GV, and 100% of men that wear them are wearing the wrong size

    knee_tremblerFrom knee_trembler on Mon Sep 05 11:06AM

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  22. lol arsenal lost out on some valuable money

    abhiv19From abhiv19 on Mon Sep 05 11:07AM

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  23. After the way Steven Gerrard was injured by the England setup any player who doesn’t have to go is on a lucky streak.

    How much do you think England injuring a player for a month in the 89th minute of a pointless, stadium-buying friendly has caused clubs to take a risk in upsetting you by keeping their p[ayers back from having to play for every possible England team you can squeeze them into?

    And with the way any England players get dumped on by media and dumbass bloggers who can blame the players for not going? Cry your tears, little blogger, because it’s going to continue.

    glammerocityFrom glammerocity on Mon Sep 05 11:08AM

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  24. Quit blaming Barca for buying your “precious”. It has been the so-called “professor’s” tactics ever since he took over the grat team of Arsenal and turned it into a feeder team. Same thing over and over again – buying young and unproven talent and selling for profit. And right now I can only give you the example og good players leaving bor Barca but I’m certain they also went elswhere in search of glory – Giovanni van Bronckhorst; Mark Overmars; Thiery Henry and now Cesc Fabregas! Think about it and learn your history before blabbing about and always look for the faults within your team first before you go ahead and blame it on the global warming or something!

    t_terzievFrom t_terziev on Mon Sep 05 11:10AM

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  25. “35 million pound player looks good against exeter….’.says it all really!”

    £50m – £35m = £15m for the most promising striker in the league that every manager would’ve happily paid over the odds for. Except Chelsea, who bought a donkey instead. And Utd paid £30m for Berbatov and will be lucky to get anything back on him.

    Says it all, really.

    glammerocityFrom glammerocity on Mon Sep 05 11:17AM

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  26. Personally I’d believe every word in this report about Cook – he’s an absolute @#$%!

    dave.flemingFrom dave.fleming on Mon Sep 05 11:22AM

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  27. So what exactly is the problem with the e-mail? I’m not sure I get this.

    scottie_no_tippin_pippenFrom scottie_no_tippin_pippen on Mon Sep 05 11:26AM

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  28. Hmmm nothing about the fabulous Neymar??? :O
    When I hear millions of pounds being (or wanting to be) spent on paper players like this kid…makes me sick. Maradona was worth 10 million $ , put an enormous rate of inflation on it and you don’t come even close to the sums of money that barca and real are offering for this…normal football player.
    Really makes me sick, If I make myself a youtube film with me passing a ball around ( I play like sh…) I’ll bet barca or real will make a gazillion pound offer for me…this is the idiotic mentality of these 2 clubs.
    Barca, Real…you SUCK!!!

    liverpool1892_fanFrom liverpool1892_fan on Mon Sep 05 11:28AM

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  29. how can you call barca cheats they have the best players that play complete fantasy football a joy to watch.All you arsenal and manure so called fans need a reality check you wont win the cl as long as you got a hole in youre arses.so just go cash youre giros and drowned youreself in a bag of brown inbred stupid deluded fools

    jp.jantzFrom jp.jantz on Mon Sep 05 11:30AM

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  30. 34 the problem with the email is that Onuoha’s mother inexplicably brought her cancer into a debate which had nothing to do with cancer (unless you introspectively believe City’s spending is a proverbial cancer on the game)

    knee_tremblerFrom knee_trembler on Mon Sep 05 11:32AM

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