Former Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook has spoken to Sky Sports about the disappointment surrounding his departure from Portman Road.
Cook, who enjoyed excellent spells at the helm at Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic, was appointed by the Tractor Boys in March 2021, helping the third-tier outfit to a top half finish during the 2021/22 campaign.
After a summer of complete rebuild, which saw 20 players depart and 19 arrive, Ipswich were unable to trouble the top end of the division and found themselves flirting with the relegation zone.
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Things did slightly improve for the 54-year-old, as an improvement in form saw them head for the mid-table region, however, another dip in their results left Cook’s job in a precarious position.
The fact that Cook’s side were unable to trouble the play-off positions, given the quality they possess, was perhaps integral to the eventual decision of parting company with him.
The Tractor Boys are now under the stewardship of former Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna, with his success, or lack of it, at Ipswich set to be a big determinant as to whether the decision to sack Cook was justified.
Speaking to Sky Sports about his departure, Cook said: “Desperately disappointing. It was a rollercoaster of a nine months. I have no bitterness, football is a tough industry for managers.
“100% we should have been given longer – we were sacked after 20 league games.
“If the new ownership would’ve told me at the start if it’s not instant success, you’ll be gone, I wouldn’t have stayed, that’s my only regret.
“I’m so disappointed because it’s a fantastic club. The fanbase, the training ground, the town itself, absolutely magnificent, they deserve success, the supporters down there are fantastic.”
Here, we take a look at how Ipswich fans have reacted on Twitter to Cook’s comments…
Paul Cook showing some class here. Obviously extremely disappointed but wishing the club and new manager well. Good to hear. And good luck to him.
— John Yeulett (@John_y_1968) January 5, 2022
He's still a good manager and will again be successful, but this is either incredibly naive or very disingenuous…
— Tom Bloomfield (@TJ_Bloomfield) January 5, 2022
Cook’s a good manager speaks well and will go somewhere else and have success. Has to acknowledge he did have the end of last season when it was possible to get into the play offs, not just 20 games. As expected this interview confirms Ashton has all the power at this club #itfc https://t.co/TfDSGsW0F8
— Kong King (@K993King) January 5, 2022
Sounds like there were some major differences of opinion with Ashton from the start then. I think it's best for PC and us that we parted ways as that would have only festered as the season went on.
— Mark Witham (@markwithamuk) January 5, 2022
Seems like hes saying he didnt fit the structure which now everyone agrees he prob didnt fit the new hands off structure we have, and KMac will know and be used the the 21st century structure we now have, hindsight square peg in a round hole no flexability we move on
— Stephen Parry (@NW1Stephen) January 5, 2022
From listening to that, it seems he wasn't the right man for the new system brought in. It will most likely suit someone like McKenna. Cook is still a top manager and a great guy. Wish him all the best in his next job.
— Caoimhín ⚫️ (@Caoimhincc72) January 5, 2022
You weren`t good enough Cook ………….The worst record as a manager in our history .Onwards and upwards.
— Fanditfever (@raceboy68) January 5, 2022
I like PC never wanted him to leave but he’s naive if he thinks that last season never played a part too. Still good luck Paul wherever you end up!
— Tony Page (@ketton_itfc) January 5, 2022