Paul Cook was in no mood for pleasantries last night as he made it clear he wanted to take an axe to his squad and shake things up in terms of the playing staff following on from Ipswich’s loss to AFC Wimbledon.
The Tractor Boys’ play-off challenge took a further dent as the Dons got a massive three points of their own in their relegation fight and it rather summed up the inconsistencies that we have seen from Town since Cook’s arrival.
Indeed, with new owners now at the club it seems as though Cook has made an early plea for them to back him heavily in the summer transfer window, with him wanting to make ‘major surgery’ to his squad.
He said via the club’s YouTube channel:
“I’m only coming out [to do interviews] in respect of our supporters, I have to tell you that. For the fans, who so desperately want to see our fortunes change as a club and unfortunately as we stand here tonight, they’re not going to change this season. We could still make it into the play-offs, we could still go on a good run – we could. The brutal reality of it is that we need major surgery and that must come as quickly as possible for our supporters especially.”
It’s clear Cook is beginning to get the measure of his squad and it would appear he isn’t not liking some of what he is seeing.
At the end of last week, Football League World brought you exclusive news that Paul Cook was planning a dramatic transfer overhaul that could see up to ten new faces arrive and, evidently, he is beginning to make those ambitions that bit more explicit right now with these comments in mind.