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Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook announces plans to reshape his backroom staff

While Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook would not be drawn on speculation surrounding the appointment of an assistant this morning, he did stress that he will be 'working with new personnel and new staff going forward'.

Recent speculation had suggested that Cook's former number two Leam Richardson would join him at Portman Road in the summer, but earlier this week he was given the Wigan Athletic manager's job on a permanent basis after an interim spell in charge.

Former Ipswich centre-back John McGreal is another name linked with joining Cook's backroom staff, as is ex-Town defender Scott Barron.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Discussing the situation, Cook told reporters: “Again it's football, guys, isn't it? It's football and it's circumstances, and it's all of the above. No one could have predicted the outcome of Wigan's scenario coming off the last 12 months.

“We had staff there like Anthony Barry, who is now Chelsea's first-team coach, Nick Colgan, who is now Notts Forest's goalkeeping coach, (physio) Andrew Procter, who's at Blackburn, (physio) Nick Meace who's at Stoke, and the list goes on.

“And all it shows to me is how lucky and privileged I was to have such good staff working for me.

“That cycle for me has gone on at every club since I started in Sligo into Chesterfield into Portsmouth into Wigan, and it'll go on.

“The most important thing for Paul Cook is my burning desire and ambition to be successful and win football games. Unfortunately, those staff have moved on and all with my blessing.

“Absolutely when you're out of work, it's a tough time for everyone. Paul Cook didn't know when he'd come back into work. I can't ask lads to sit at home and wait for me to make a decision. People have families, players out of contract have families.

“Nowadays, especially with what goes on in the world, it's tough out there for people. I consider myself to be in a very privileged position. I'm the football manager of a great club, and that behind the scenes will change for me.

“I'll be working with new personnel and new staff going forward but as long as the staff have the same hunger and desire to be successful and enthusiasm which is huge in football, too many people talk a good game and don't produce. A bit like myself for Ipswich at the minute. And everything will be fine at the club.”

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