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‘He wasn’t the right man’ – Many Ipswich Town fans react as Paul Cook reflects on his sacking



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…

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Article title: ‘He wasn’t the right man’ – Many Ipswich Town fans react as Paul Cook reflects on his sacking

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