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Ipswich Town captain Sam Morsy believes players should take some of the responsibility for manager Paul Cook's sacking

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Captain Sam Morsy has conceded that the Ipswich Town playing squad must shoulder some of the blame for manager Paul Cook losing his job.

Cook was relieved of his duties as Town boss at the weekend following a disappointing 0-0 home draw with lower-league Barrow in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

That was a result that came on the back of some inconsistent league form throughout 2021/22, with the 11th-placed Tractor Boys currently having a seven-point gap to make up to the League One play-off positions.

Sam Morsy feels that the Ipswich Town players were not good enough during Paul Cook's tenure. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Sam Morsy feels that the Ipswich Town players were not good enough during Paul Cook's tenure. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Ultimately the buck has stopped with Cook and his coaching staff, but Morsy – who has previously played under the Liverpudlian at Chesterfield and Wigan Athletic – does not feel that the players should be beyond criticism.

He told the club's website: "The manager has brought everyone to the club and I’ve been successful with the manager over a number of seasons so it was sad.

"The staff tried to do their best and worked really hard. Unfortunately, us as players haven’t quite been good enough.

"A manager never gets sacked from what he does, it’s from the players on the pitch. The effort was absolutely there and the commitment was there, but the results in previous weeks haven’t been what we wanted.

"It’s always sad to see any manager lose a job, whether you’re close or not. He wished us all the best and hopefully we can still have a successful season."

The club announced earlier today that John McGreal had been placed in interim charge for tomorrow night's trip to Charlton Athletic.

On the temporary appointment, Morsy added: "For the new manager, whoever that is, you have to give your all. That’s all you can do as a professional footballer. That’s all I can do on a daily basis and then on a Saturday and a Tuesday.

"The best way you can be and the most focused you can be is by just simply doing your job. It’s doing the simple things, preparing yourself for the game and preparing to play - the rest will take care of itself.

"John is an Ipswich lad and is really keen to get some wins. He’s really enthusiastic. He wants us to be a little bit more 'free' and to enjoy it. For him, it’s about giving the fans something to be proud of. He just wants to get the enthusiasm back in the team."

Meanwhile, Ipswich CEO Mark Ashton has revealed that the club's owners were unanimous in the decision to sack Cook.