Twist for Charlton Athletic as next opponents Ipswich sack manager Paul Cook

Paul Cook has been sacked by Ipswich Town – with Charlton Athletic their next opposition.
The South Londoners play the Tractor Boys at The Valley on Tuesday evening.
Ipswich drew 0-0 against Barrow at Portman Road on Saturday in the second round of the FA Cup, in what turned out to be Cook’s last match in the hotseat.

Ipswich chief executive Mark Ashton said: “Firstly, we would like to thank Paul and his team for their efforts in what has been a difficult transition period for everyone.
“I know how much Paul wanted to succeed at this club. However, following discussions with the board, we have decided a change is needed for our long-term interests.
“At this moment, there is no one lined up to replace Paul. There will be an extensive search to find the best replacement for the club.
“I will communicate more to the media and our supporters on Monday.”
Cook did do his post-match media duties after today’s match. He said: “As a manager I’ve been in these situations.

“At all my clubs I’ve managed – Chesterfield, Portsmouth, Wigan – I’ve felt pain. I feel a little bit of pain now because the brutal truth is we’re probably not as good as we might want to hope and think we are.”We are a team that is genuinely trying to work hard to get better. Within that we have deficiencies and they are there for all to see.”

PICTURE: PAUL EDWARDS

 


 

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