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Ipswich Town midfielder Conor Chaplin reflects on sacking of Paul Cook

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Ipswich Town midfielder Conor Chaplin felt that the decision to sack manager Paul Cook highlighted the club's ambition.

The Tractor Boys have been inconsistent for much of the 2021/22 campaign and last weekend's 0-0 draw with lower-league Barrow in the Emirates FA Cup proved to be the final straw for Cook.

Chaplin – a summer arrival from Barnsley – was shocked by the news, but he believes it shows that the American owners are keen to enjoy some success at Portman Road.

Conor Chaplin was shocked by the news of Paul Cook's sacking. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Conor Chaplin was shocked by the news of Paul Cook's sacking. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"It was a surprise at the time but it just outlines the ambition and the way the club is going, not waiting for anyone and they want success now," he said.

“As a player that’s exciting but at the same time it also means that if you’re not doing your job as a player, if you’re not bringing enough to the table, you need to sort of have a look at yourself and try to carry on, otherwise you won’t be at the club for that long.

“It’s exciting as a player when you are part of an ambitious project – it’s a big thing for your career – and I don’t think there are a lot of players who get the opportunity we have, to play at a club like this, with massive ambition, in their careers."

Ipswich started life without Cook on Tuesday evening with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic under the interim management of John McGreal.

There was some unsavoury scenes at the end as defender Toto Nsiala and goalkeeper Christian Walton clashed with some of the visiting support, but Chaplin is expecting the fans to get behind the team at Wigan Athletic tomorrow.

“I get it 100 per cent, completely. I feel like I’m starting to get a good relationship with the fans," he added.

“They’ve been really good, really welcoming and supportive, to me since I’ve come in. I really can’t speak highly enough of them.

“Obviously, we need them onside but we need to give them something to shout about. There are people paying good money to come and watch us, to travel the length and the breadth of the country to support us.

“They are completely entitled to their opinions and they want to see more on the pitch than they have been seeing. The frustration is there for numerous reasons and it is up to us to put it right on the pitch. Fingers crossed, the fans can get behind us at Wigan.”