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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? 11:33 - May 1 with 3826 viewsIllinoisblue

Father dies
Sacked by Ipswich
Returns to management in non-league, struggling to make playoffs after terrible run of form (losing at Bromley yesterday in front of 1000 fans)
Sees his mate and former assistant win L1 title.

That’s a heck of a run for anybody to deal with.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 11:40 - May 1 with 3109 viewsNthQldITFC

No, and I feel really bad for him, because I think he's a really nice bloke. Doubt he reads this, but on the off chance I really hope that next year is ten times better for you Cookie.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 11:41 - May 1 with 3101 viewsCheltenham_Blue

The thing is, he seems like a really nice guy, but it looks like his career might be done. He must rue the day that he came here but couldn't persuade Richardson to come with him.

Could have been all so different if he did, and he'd still be one of the most sought after managers at this level.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 11:42 - May 1 with 3081 viewsfooters

I've been an Ipswich Town fan for quite some time.

Does that count?

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 11:45 - May 1 with 3036 viewsKeno

could be worse

he could live in Lowestoft

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 11:52 - May 1 with 2998 viewsfooters

Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 11:45 - May 1 by Keno

could be worse

he could live in Lowestoft



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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:00 - May 1 with 2946 viewsJ2BLUE

Maybe we should leave his personal life out of it.

In terms of football it hasn't gone well. Maybe the Town job at that time was too big for him with the expectations, big budget and making the mistake to be the demolition man.

He's then jumped into a job at a level too low for him that probably wasn't a great fit and it's continued to get worse.

I don't think he's done. A league one club with less expectation and a tighter budget will suit him. Really hoping he gets Chesterfield up. He's a good guy and doesn't deserve to lose everything based on a few bad choices.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:01 - May 1 with 2929 viewsurbanblue

I watched the interview he did after yesterday's loss. He said he wasn't going to throw the players under the bus and then did just that. Very familiar eh

... he appears totally distraught.
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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:11 - May 1 with 2837 viewsfooters

Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:00 - May 1 by J2BLUE

Maybe we should leave his personal life out of it.

In terms of football it hasn't gone well. Maybe the Town job at that time was too big for him with the expectations, big budget and making the mistake to be the demolition man.

He's then jumped into a job at a level too low for him that probably wasn't a great fit and it's continued to get worse.

I don't think he's done. A league one club with less expectation and a tighter budget will suit him. Really hoping he gets Chesterfield up. He's a good guy and doesn't deserve to lose everything based on a few bad choices.


Well said, eggers. Very dignified.

He always came across as a nice bloke. Wish him all the best but good grief has he had a hard time of it recently. Hope things can pick up for him sharpish.

I'm not entirely unconvinced that coming to Ipswich is simply a sort of curse for players and managers.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:16 - May 1 with 2811 viewsChateauWines

What a totally unpleasant and heartless post. As Town fans we should show a little more class

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:21 - May 1 with 2785 viewspatrickswell

Throw in the fact that a rookie replacement at Ipswich got more points out of his squad than he managed to.
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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:50 - May 1 with 2626 viewsIllinoisblue

Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:16 - May 1 by ChateauWines

What a totally unpleasant and heartless post. As Town fans we should show a little more class


Interesting that’s how you interpreted it. Wasn’t a dig at all. I’ve said many times on here I wish Cook well. He’s a decent bloke who’s had a rough year.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:51 - May 1 with 2601 viewsIllinoisblue

Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:01 - May 1 by urbanblue

I watched the interview he did after yesterday's loss. He said he wasn't going to throw the players under the bus and then did just that. Very familiar eh

... he appears totally distraught.


I read his comments about giving away soft goals and man the flashbacks…

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:58 - May 1 with 2555 viewsFixed_It

Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:50 - May 1 by Illinoisblue

Interesting that’s how you interpreted it. Wasn’t a dig at all. I’ve said many times on here I wish Cook well. He’s a decent bloke who’s had a rough year.


Yeah - I didn't interpret as a heartless post at all. Cook was a decent bloke, and losing his Dad would have been devastating - yet he always gave his all for us. I wish him well.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 13:03 - May 1 with 2517 viewsJ2BLUE

Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:50 - May 1 by Illinoisblue

Interesting that’s how you interpreted it. Wasn’t a dig at all. I’ve said many times on here I wish Cook well. He’s a decent bloke who’s had a rough year.


Wasn't implying it was deliberately nasty, just a bit unnecessary to mention it.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 13:28 - May 1 with 2405 viewsIllinoisblue

Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 13:03 - May 1 by J2BLUE

Wasn't implying it was deliberately nasty, just a bit unnecessary to mention it.


But in the context of ‘having a really bad year’ it does seem important to at least acknowledge it. I genuinely hope he wins the playoffs with Chesterfield.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 13:31 - May 1 with 2379 viewsNthQldITFC

I don't get why the OP is getting downvotes - it struck me as a sympathetic observation rather than anything else.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 13:33 - May 1 with 2364 viewsNthQldITFC

Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:11 - May 1 by footers

Well said, eggers. Very dignified.

He always came across as a nice bloke. Wish him all the best but good grief has he had a hard time of it recently. Hope things can pick up for him sharpish.

I'm not entirely unconvinced that coming to Ipswich is simply a sort of curse for players and managers.


'Was' not 'is'!

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 13:36 - May 1 with 2353 viewsRyorry

Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:50 - May 1 by Illinoisblue

Interesting that’s how you interpreted it. Wasn’t a dig at all. I’ve said many times on here I wish Cook well. He’s a decent bloke who’s had a rough year.


Perhaps you don't appreiate how your headline (without opening the post) reads on the forum front page at first glance, ie -

"Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? 11:33 - May 1 with 819 views Illinoisblue

Father dies".

It's the first thing you mention - and in a year when many have lost loved ones as a result of the pandemic on top of all the more usual causes.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 13:37 - May 1 with 2310 viewsFrimleyBlue

Talking of footballing reasons only. If I were PC I'd be pushing so hard to succeed next season. His legacy as a successful league 1/2 manager imo has been highlighted as achieved due to someone else.

His chesterfield reign has been bizarre, 2 points off top. Now 7th, in a league where he's been able to continue to sign players if he wanted to.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 13:39 - May 1 with 2336 viewsSharkey

Despite their crap form, Chesterfield could stll land up playing in the National League play-off final, quite possibly against Stockport, who looked to be cantering to the title a few weeks ago. Whoever the final is between, it's going to be at West Ham's ground. So Mr Cook's torrid year could still finish wih a very very big day out.
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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 14:26 - May 1 with 2181 viewsibbleobble

Context is key for his time at Chesterfield. They only had 4 starting yesterday who started the first game of the season such is their injury list. They had an injury crisis when he went there and it’s been the same since. It’s pretty much a make shift back four, patched up midfield and weakened forward line.

He might well miss out on play-offs now but that’s why.
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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 14:40 - May 1 with 2120 viewsmutters

Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 12:16 - May 1 by ChateauWines

What a totally unpleasant and heartless post. As Town fans we should show a little more class


That's not what I took from the original post. I read it as he's had a heck of a bad year, enough to break most people.

Guess that the joy of 'textual conversations', the nuances are often lost

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 14:42 - May 1 with 2081 viewsFrimleyBlue

Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 14:26 - May 1 by ibbleobble

Context is key for his time at Chesterfield. They only had 4 starting yesterday who started the first game of the season such is their injury list. They had an injury crisis when he went there and it’s been the same since. It’s pretty much a make shift back four, patched up midfield and weakened forward line.

He might well miss out on play-offs now but that’s why.


Whilst true. You'd perhaps during that sort of injury problem, you'd drop deeper set your side up to try and not lose rather than carry on playing the same open gung ho way.

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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 14:45 - May 1 with 2094 viewsChurchman

My sympathy goes towards him for the loss of his dad. Losing a parent is hard.

From the football perspective, he’s a good manager with a great track record, bar the few months with us. I’m still surprised he got it so badly wrong here. He couldn’t have had a better opportunity. Despite the hard work, it was a case of poor decisions, poor fit for the club as far as I’m concerned.

It’s history now and I wish him well.
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Have you yourself ever had a year as bad as Paul Cook? on 18:14 - May 1 with 1726 viewsWicklowBlue

Reading this thread, makes it seem like ChateauWines is J2's alter ego...

I didn't take the OP as distatesful more cognisant of the thought year PC has had. Wish him all the best and that he goes on to be successful once not against ourselves.

Being a Manager must be a 247 role with zero job security, can have real success over a season or two and then confined to the bin within a few months.
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