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Paul Cook has refuted any suggestion that he has surrounded himself with 'yes men' at Ipswich Town.

Having been appointed manager in early March of this year, Cook is still without an assistant, while those on his coaching team include the largely inexperienced Gary Roberts and Francis Jeffers.

Peter Reid – the former Sunderland, Leeds United and Manchester City manager – joined the club in a consultancy role last week, and Cook was asked if his fellow Liverpudlian had been drafted in to challenge him while some of the members of his staff are at the start of their coaching careers.

However, Cook responded: (The) hardest part of the job is learning on the job and sometimes when you're learning on the job it can be painful, but the most important thing is that you learn.

"On Saturday (2-2 draw with Cambridge United) everyone will have an opinion on substitutions, should you put these players on to see the game out?

"At 5 o'clock on Saturday night, there are a million pundits and experts in the world of football – absolute million.

"For me I like to trust the people I work with, I trust their opinions, I don't have 'yes men' around me.

"I would never employ any single person to agree with what I say – it wouldn't be worth me having them in the room."

Meanwhile, as to what Reid will offer going forward, Cook added: "Peter is just a wealth of experience to watch a game with similar eyes to ourselves from the stands.

"He's worked with me now for three years at Wigan. We had a great time. (I) totally respect Peter and his knowledge of the game.

"Like everybody we all watch football in different ways. For managers now, every substitution gets debated, every point gets debated – it's just the way football has gone.

"For us we prefer to plan over longer periods of time to sustain getting better. When you improve you get to where you want to be and it stops you from making knee jerk decisions, which I've seen managers do a lot of the time, sometimes through pressure from outside influences."

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