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Ipswich Town's former manager Paul Cook believes he should have been granted more time at Portman Road

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Speaking for the first time since being sacked, Paul Cook has insisted he should have been given more time to turn things around at Ipswich Town.

The 54-year-old was relieved of his managerial duties following the 0-0 draw with lower-league Barrow in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup in December, having only been appointed to the position in March of the same year.

Ipswich won just 13 of his 44 matches at the helm, but having overseen a busy summer of comings and goings at Portman Road, Cook felt that a parting of the ways was too hasty of a decision.

Paul Cook believes he should have been given more time at Ipswich Town. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Paul Cook believes he should have been given more time at Ipswich Town. Picture: Barry Goodwin

He told Sky Sports News: “One hundred per cent we should have been given longer time. One hundred per cent. I get stats, I get all the stats in the modern-day game.

“I think it’s grossly unfair when you can put a manager’s stats on the table when in the summer we released 27 to 30 players and we brought in 19 new ones. So we’re actually probably talking about two different teams.

“The stats can stand up. We initially went six games I think it was without winning, so that would have brought a pressure.

“We brought a lot of new lads in and a lot of good players, some really good players, a very strong squad. No pre-season into them, signing players very late and then, more importantly, taking their time to integrate into a system, a shape and all the above.

“After an initial period of not winning in six, the next 14 league games yielded seven wins, three draws and four defeats.

“We were sacked after 20 league games and for anyone to tell a manager that 20 league games is enough, in my world, you’re wrong.

“The supporters down there are fantastic. Were me and my staff given enough time? No, not in my opinion, but that’s Mark Ashton and the owners’ decision, and you have to respect that.”