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Webster: Cook Can Get Town Promoted This Season
Wednesday, 3rd Mar 2021 18:39

Former Blues defender Adam Webster believes his former Portsmouth boss Paul Cook can get Town promoted this season.

Webster, now with Premier League Brighton, played for Pompey under Cook before joining the Blues in the summer of 2016.

“It’s definitely a great appointment by the club,” the 26-year-old told the club site. “He helped me massively in my career. I was coming towards the end of my contract at Portsmouth when he arrived, he put me in the team at centre-half and really got the best out of me.

“His man-management skills are excellent. From the moment he walked in the door at Portsmouth he had that presence about him and everyone bought into what he is about.

“It was a similar situation to what he’s got at Ipswich now. They are both big clubs with big expectations. He did a great job at Pompey, got the club in the play-offs one year and promoted the next.

“He did the same at Chesterfield and at Wigan he got them into the Championship and kept them up.

“He’s done a great job wherever he has gone. He knows how to get teams up, I’m sure he will do well at Ipswich.

“They have got a good squad there and he is the right appointment by the owner. I think he can get the club up this season.

“He has his way of playing which is exciting to watch and it’s exciting to play in. The supporters will enjoy it. It’s the right fit for sure.”

Webster, who left Town for Bristol City in the summer of 2018 before joining the Seagulls a year later, played alongside Cook’s new assistant Gary Roberts at Fratton Park.

“I can guarantee those two will get everyone laughing there,” he continued. “Even when I was a young lad, you could have banter with the manager and I think that is healthy.

“And Robbo, he’s a great guy as well. You’ve got to be on your toes with him around. I wish them both the best of luck and I’d love to see the club get promoted.”

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ScottCandage added 18:42 - Mar 3
It's real hope. I feel real hope.

Linkboy13 added 18:54 - Mar 3
Don't take too much notice from throw away comments from former players. If Paul Cook did get us promoted this season it would be some achievement. But i think the time to judge him is when he's had a pre season and had time to get his own players in. The current squad is no where near being of championship standard. So if we dont get promoted this season i for one wont be slagging off the manager.

Suffolkboy added 19:04 - Mar 3
Looking on the positive aspect of A Webster’s comments, he talks of great man management skills ,coupled to humour alongside targeted performance ; he includes GR in almost the same breath !
These are the inputs ITFC and their playing squads will react and respond to ( never mind any incomers !).
Much to expect , lots to look forward to !

itsonlyme added 19:14 - Mar 3
Just one more proof that we have the right man. COYB.

Help added 19:15 - Mar 3
Fingers crossed to the title of the article

bluesman added 21:33 - Mar 3
I think Paul Cook is the best managerial appointment Marcus Evans has made. If you want evidence of that, take a look at my blog post!

1psw1ch added 22:23 - Mar 3
I know lambert didn't do the business but still he tried his best,,, like all the other managers it just didn't work out and I'd like to thank him for his efforts,,, but with Paul Cook takeing over I think this could be the best man since george burley and Joe Royal imo

KiwiBlue2 added 22:46 - Mar 3
I am very pleased with the change. I had hoped that we would get him after MM departed but instead ended up with Hurst.
Cook seems to fit the bill on a number of fronts. He promotes good football, has good man-management skills, relates well to supporters and has high expectations. It will be interesting to see what he can do with our squad between now and the end of the season. Lets hope for a continuation of our present run of form through to the end of the season and hopefully we will at least be in the play-offs ...... coyb

90z added 00:19 - Mar 4
Going by some of his former players he seems a very well respected manager by all, good man management and can have a laugh! Watched a podcast with him being asked about his time after leaving Wigan. If you've got a spare 45 mins it's worth a listen about his footballing strategies.

bobble added 03:59 - Mar 4
the last bloke was as bad as the bloke before who was as bad as the 2 before so a new bloke is the only solution...

cat added 07:18 - Mar 4
Cook has style, likes to set with a and wears Moncler.

Saxonblue74 added 10:23 - Mar 4
Webster's opinion is of no relevance to me, but I do believe we'll achieve promotion this season.

senduntd added 11:43 - Mar 4
Just ask the supporters at Wigan and Portsmouth
they would love to have him back.

dirtydingusmagee added 13:03 - Mar 18
i doubt it with shower he has taken on .

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