Paul Cook has moved to distance himself from reports that he was being considered for the Sheffield Wednesday managerial position.
Since leaving Wigan following their relegation to League One at the end of last season, Cook has been high in the betting markets for many roles, and the Wednesday job was no different after Garry Monk left Hillsborough.
The Daily Mail claimed that Cook was one of the names in the frame for the job, but Cook himself sees it differently.
“No, there was never any truth in the Sheffield Wednesday one from my point of view,” Cook said on Sky Sports (per Yorkshire Live).
“With great respect to Tony, I think Tony was their number one choice from the start, I think they went out to get their man – and they’ve got him.
“I think they’ve a very experienced not just good manager, a top manager, Premier League manager, wealth of experience, and I think he’ll be a great addition to the club.”
Cook did joke that it would hopefully be his last appearance on the Soccer Saturday panel, as he’s desperate to get back into management.
Cook’s words may put several Championship and League One owners on high alert given how good of a manager he is.
Remember, Wigan finished as a mid-table Championship team if you don’t take into account the points deduction, which is impressive considering where they were in January.
His Wigan side played attractive football at times and he had built a solid young team before it was picked apart following their administration woes. Sections of the Sheffield Wednesday fanbase were keen on Cook coming in, but they got Pulis instead – and time will tell as to whether or not that was the right move.