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Exclusive: David Norris outlines recruitment strategy Paul Cook should follow at Ipswich Town this summer

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David Norris believes that Ipswich Town boss Paul Cook needs to build a squad capable of playing in the Championship this summer due to the standard of quality in League One. 

Ipswich missed out on a play-off finish this season, finishing ninth in League One and five points off the top-six spots.

Cook has yielded only four wins from 16 games in charge since taking the reins from Paul Lambert in March, and he will look to revamp his squad this summer.

Cook has reportedly told the majority of his squad that they can find new clubs this summer, as he looks to bring in new players and get his ship in order.

Speaking exclusively to Football League World, former Ipswich midfielder David Norris has urged Cook to build a Championship squad this summer due to the improving standard of League One.

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He said: “League One’s getting stronger. The Championship is starting to become like the bottom-half of the Premier League with the money and the wages are going around.

“The Championship just has that bit more of an aura about it. There’s a gulf between the Premier League and the Championship, but there’s an even bigger one from Championship down to League One.

“You get quite a lot of teams yo-yoing, because unless you get the right players in or you spend right, it’s very difficult to stay in that league.”

Hull City and Peterborough United won automatic promotion to the Championship this season, but one of Sunderland, Oxford, Blackpool and Lincoln will join the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth, Ipswich and Rotherham in League One next season as the play-offs prepare to get underway.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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