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Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook insists the club will be much improved on and off the pitch next season

Manager Paul Cook has stressed that Ipswich Town will be a 'better place both on and off the pitch next year'.

There was much optimism surrounding Cook's appointment as boss earlier this year, but a run of just two wins from 13 outings has ended any realistic hope of promotion back to the Championship this term.

However, the recent takeover by an American consortium – coupled with an anticipated busy summer of transfer activity – has left supporters with reasons to remain positive about the future at Portman Road.

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

Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to already-relegated Swindon Town (3pm), Cook said: "The reality is that for the pain we're going through at the moment, things will change and the club will be a better place both on and off the pitch next year.

"For the supporters, when the team starts progressing on the pitch as they should, things will get better.

"It's an honour to support your team and you do go through highs and lows. As a manager I carry that as well and I hate where we are at the moment.

"My job is to help us and their job is to keep supporting the team, but I get how difficult that must be at the minute.

"We're all feeling disappointment at the moment with results and performances. There are three games to go and we can't save the season – we've got nothing to play for other than pride and that's very sad.

"But anything I say about these games would just be a token gesture to supporters, and I don't need to be doing that."

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