Bristol news Paul Cook resigns as Wigan manager amid links to Bristol City job MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The former Portsmouth boss was unable to save his side from relegation after a 12 point deduction was imposed after the club went into administration
Breaking News ! Paul Cook has resigned from his role as Wigan Athletic manager amid links to the Bristol City job. The former Portsmouth manager has left the club following their relegation League One, which was confirmed on the final day of the Championship season after the club were deducted 12 points. The Latics entered administration shortly after the return of Championship football and were imposed with the points deduction. Despite a late surge of form, which saw Wigan lose just one of their final nine games, they finished the season in 23rd. Read More Related Articles Bristol City next manager odds: Alex Neil, Chris Hughton and Paul Cook joint favourites The club are appealing the decision, but are yet to find out whether or not that appeal as been successful. With Cook facing another season in League One after leading the club to promotion last year, he has now stepped down and released a statement on the club website. He said: “It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave Wigan Athletic,” Cook said. “I would like to thank David Sharpe, the Whelan family and Jonathan Jackson for giving me the opportunity to manage such a great club three years ago. “I have been immensely proud to have continued my long affiliation with Wigan Athletic over the past three years and I have worked hard to represent the club to the best of my ability, to develop individuals and also create a team and a work ethic which the town can be proud of. I have enjoyed some amazing moments with you during that time that will live long in the memory. Read More Related Articles Bristol City's Championship rivals hit with 12-point deduction after breach of FFP rules Read More Related Articles Matty Taylor leaves Bristol City to join Oxford United on a free transfer “It is well publicised that the club is going through an incredibly challenging period and, of course, we are all hoping a positive outcome can be found so this football club can write its next chapter under new ownership.
. “I want to thank every player for their efforts, hard work and commitment during my three years as manager. I would like to thank my assistant Leam Richardson and as a collective I thank all of my support staff and the staff behind the scenes who are so pivotal to the football club.
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"We must also not forget the 75 people who unfortunately lost their jobs a few weeks ago and I hope for those people that the club can find a positive solution and move forwards in the near future. “To the supporters, who are the most important part of this club’s present and future, I would like to thank you all for your support over the last three years. More than ever, I have been overwhelmed by your support to myself, the players and the staff over the past few weeks. Whoever leads this club in the future will be welcomed by a fantastic group of supporters.” He has been linked to other Championship jobs since his the drop to League One was confirmed, including the Birmingham City job, and Bristol Live understands he has been interviewed for the vacant Bristol City manager role.
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He sits alongside Chris Hughton and Alex Neil as the current favourites for the job on Sky Bet and is now without a job following his resignation. Cook has a good record in management and has overseen promotions with Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan, with City looking for the next man to lead them to promotion to the Premier League. It's been almost a month since the Robins parted company with Lee Johnson and they have spent the last few weeks conducting interviews and drawing up a shortlist of candidates, with Cook, Hughton and coach Dean Holden understood to be joined by two or three more unknown names on that list
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