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Return of the Cook

Return of the Cook
So Paul Cook is finally the new Wigan Athletic manager despite the vicious backlash from many Portsmouth fans on Twitter.

We had to get this appointment right and I believe we have done that with Cook because he ticks all the boxes.

First and foremost, he`s an ex-Latics player, but add to that the fact he`s just won League Two with Pompey and he previously took Chesterfield to the League One play-offs with a tight budget - something we have to deal with this season.

It`s also been noted that Cook likes to play possession-based attacking football, which suits the style that chairman David Sharpe wants his managers to play a la Roberto Martinez and, more recently, Gary Caldwell.

Finally, and this is something we`ve needed for a long time, Cook will be allowed to bring in his own backroom staff.

That isn`t a discredit to Graham Barrow who left earlier this week.

I`d just like to finish by saying what a great servant Barrow has been for the club. Loyalty is scare in football these days he`s done en excellent job as a player, coach and manager over the years.

Writer:Kieran Makin
Date:Friday June 2 2017
Time: 12:19PM

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