07/06/2012 12:07 BST

Garry Cook Admits He Was An 'Embarrassment' To Manchester City

Garry Cook has admitted he was an "embarrassment" to Manchester City supporters during his three years at the club.

The Citizens' former chief executive was involved in a series of gaffes ranging from inducting a former player into the "Manchester United hall of fame" to joking about former player Nedum Onuoha's mother being "ravaged" with cancer.

"There are no excuses. There are my interpretations and there are the interpretations of the press," Cook told BBC Radio Manchester.

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

However he appears to have a comedy successor, courtesy of city neighbours United's commercial director Richard Arnold.

Not to be confused with the homosexual entertainment reporter, Arnold, who has worked at Old Trafford for five years, said last week: “We [United] are reliant on 25 players and they are all massive stars. We have 25 George Clooneys.”

He also asserted United had 659 million fans worldwide.

Cooking gaffes:

January 2009: Claims AC Milan, seven-times European Cup winners, bottled transferring former World Player of the Year Kaka to City, without a trophy for 33 years at the time.

November 2009: Cook mistakenly welcomes Blues legend Uwe Rosler to "the Manchester United hall of fame" at a club gala.

January 2010: In the appropriately titled Mad Hatter pub in New York, claims it is "not a case of if, but when we're at Wembley... having beaten Man United yet again". United won the semi-final League Cup tie 4-3 on aggregate.

September 2011:Resigns from Eastlands following accusations he unintentionally sent an email to Onouha's cancer-suffering mother mocking her illness.