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Former Ipswich Town player Darren Ambrose feels players will benefit from a fresh start under new manager Paul Cook




Former Ipswich Town favourite Darren Ambrose believes Paul Cook can rejuvenate the careers of a number of the current squad as he looks to achieve a quick promotion out of Sky Bet League One.

The Blues' academy graduate, who went on to grace the Premier League with Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace, had been keen to see former team-mate Kieron Dyer handed the managerial reigns.

But the TalkSport pundit is pleased to see the experienced Paul Cook, who was most recently with Wigan Athletic in the Championship, named Town's 18th permanent manager earlier today.

Darren Ambrose during a visit to St Nicholas Hospice Care when part of the Ipswich Town playing squad in 2014
Darren Ambrose during a visit to St Nicholas Hospice Care when part of the Ipswich Town playing squad in 2014

Speaking to Dan Palfrey as part of a preview video with the club's official YouTube channel ahead of tonight's match at Accrington Stanley (7pm), the midfielder who had three separate spells with the club, said: "It is a fantastic appointment. I discussed it a little bit, I put out a Tweet and discussed it on the radio with Benty that could they have gone with Kieron Dyer.

"He is a local guy, he knows what the fans want but it is a little bit early, I understand that. I am sure his time will come and I really hope it does because I think he is going to be a fantastic coach.

"But Paul Cook as well is a great appointment.

"He had a proven tack record for numerous clubs. I think he got Chesterfield promoted from League Two, Portsmouth promoted from League Two and he had a successful spell with Wigan where he got them out of League One and he head a fantastic cup run with them if I remember rightly.

"It is a good appointment and if we want to progress we need a manager that knows the division; he is an experienced guy that knows how to win games in these leagues because they are tough, tough leagues.

"We've got the players, we've got the squad and Paul Cook will know that.

"He will be excited, I am almost certain of that and I'm really hoping he can hit the ground running.

"We're not far away from the play-offs and if he can hit the ground running, who knows what the future can hold, in this season alone."

Ambrose, who lives near Bury St Edmunds, also gives an insight into what it is like to have a new manager come in and who he expects it to benefit as well as what he expects from Stanley in tonight's clash, before answering some questions from supporters.

Supporters can purchase a live stream of the match via the club website for £10 here.