A number of Cardiff City supporters have fumed over reports that emerged from talkSPORT suggesting that the Bluebirds had been turned down by former Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook after offering him just a six-month deal.
The Bluebirds have moved swiftly to find a replacement to Neil Harris, and the club have now confirmed that former Ipswich Town manager McCarthy is their next permanent manager. That sees the experienced boss make a return to England following a brief spell with Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia.
However, it appears that the Bluebirds’ first choice to replace Harris was Cook, with the former Wigan boss still available having reportedly held talks with Sheffield Wednesday over the vacant manager’s job at Hillsborough. However, those talks are no longer ongoing. It now seems like he had been offered the Cardiff job only to turn it down due to the length of contract he was offered.
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Cook has a strong reputation for the job he did with Wigan making them one of the form teams in the Championship in the second half of last term, despite them eventually being relegated after a points deduction. He could have been a good choice for the Bluebirds, but it is McCarthy who is going to be the one to take charge instead.
Many Cardiff fans were left bemused by the Bluebirds’ decision only to offer Cook a six-month deal, with some of those believing that Cardiff have made a potentially big mistake.
Here then, we take a look at some of the best reactions on social media…
— Jonathan Williams (@JonnyIrwin1989) January 22, 2021
Right so it seems that it’s a short term appointment for him then find someone properly in the summer but still this is so bad I am upset https://t.co/FMH55CY0h7
— Matt Jones (@mattjones_6) January 22, 2021
it’s a absolute joke that we only offered him 6 months. i would’ve happily had him as manager https://t.co/pnM9hOQAdj
— Ellis🏴 (@ellisccfc03) January 22, 2021
😂😂😂 absolute laughing stock. Just hand cook a 2 year contract straight up https://t.co/JQJRJ7iygQ
— Dilwyn Lewis (@dilwynjohn1927) January 22, 2021
This is nonsensical, Cook would've been my second choice behind Bellamy – the fact they're not willing to give him some comfort in at least an 18 month deal is bonkers https://t.co/czoneF63KP
— JB (@Flakeyyy95) January 22, 2021
Feel that's going be a big mistake not offering Cook a decent deal https://t.co/Xe0yKPcKxQ
— Burny 🏴 (@IanBurnell27) January 22, 2021
Why not give Cook a long term deal? Can only think they are going for Bellamy in the summer https://t.co/eyOKy2GQ4a
— Tràvïš 🏴 🪐5️⃣ (@Travis_CCFC) January 22, 2021