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Cook Unconcerned By Takeover Talk
Thursday, 4th Mar 2021 13:23

New Town boss Paul Cook says he’s unconcerned by the takeover talk currently surrounding the club and is looking forward to getting going with the Blues.

As previously reported, a US-backed consortium is understood to be closing in on a £30 million deal to buy Town from current owner Marcus Evans with the matter having progressed to the EFL for their ratification and with priority Land Registry searches relating to the purchase of the Blues’ training ground having been made.

“I’m aware of the rumours but that’s not my business, that’s down to Marcus,” Cook told the club site.

“I wouldn’t have taken the job if I had any concerns. I’ve had some good conversations with Marcus already. I’m looking forward to working with him and I know what he wants from me.

“It’s clear that he has a determination to take this club back to where we all want it to be and as manager, it’s my job spec to win football matches.

“There is a very good squad of players here and my objective is to try my best to help the club win promotion this season. It will be a big challenge but it’s a challenge we must take head on and together and that will be reiterated to the staff and the players today.

“I’m really looking forward to getting going now. I want to get integrated into the club as soon as possible.”

Cook, who takes his first Town press conference this afternoon, takes over the reins with the Blues seventh, two points off the play-offs, nine from the automatic promotion places and having won the last three.

The new manager was at Accrington for Tuesday’s 2-1 to watch his new players and issue them with instructions from the stand.

“I’m coming in under a little bit of pressure, aren’t I!” he laughed. “Pressure is always there in football for everyone and the bigger the club you manage, the more pressure there is.

“But pressure is something you put yourself under, your staff under and your players under to win football games.

“All I can say is that the fans will know that we will be doing everything possible to be successful at Ipswich Town.”

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LWNR2013 added 13:29 - Mar 4
No words minced there then. 👍

Coco added 13:30 - Mar 4
He feels pressure? Pah.

90z added 13:30 - Mar 4
Let's just get behind Paul Cook and push to get up this season. If a takeover happens, it happens. Im feeling alot more positive that we have brought him in!

martin587 added 13:31 - Mar 4
An honest statement from a committed manager who is determined to get us promoted this season and is not worried of talk about talk of a possible takeover.

Suffolkboy added 13:35 - Mar 4
Open , uncomplicated , purposeful and honest right from the start ; looks like a good man for us !
Welcome , take us with you on the journey to success .

CrockerITFC added 13:36 - Mar 4
Has Cook ever played for Dortmund though?

MrJase_79 added 13:36 - Mar 4
Lets all get behind him and the team and get promoted COYB.

ChrisFelix added 13:51 - Mar 4
I wonder who will be his captain. Might not change until the summer but we all know that Chambers days are numbered

bluesteal74 added 13:54 - Mar 4
Best of luck Paul we are all behind you can't wait to get going COYB

bugblatter added 14:03 - Mar 4
First press conference this afternoon. The question is, will @philtwtd be there?!

Pencilpete added 14:07 - Mar 4
I think the biggest problem with both Big Mick and Paul Lambert is the fact that they thought they were better than Ipswich Town - the whole 'I've played for big clubs' ETC stinks of it and neither of them felt they had to explain themselves or their decisions to the fans and both didn't seem that bothered wether they were sacked or not.

That isn't the personality i want in charge of my club - arguably ITFC is the biggest club Paul Cook as managed and he seems to want and relish the opportunity and sees it as a step forward in his career and not a step back like the previously mentioned guys

WhoisJimmyJuan added 14:08 - Mar 4
Does seem like the real ticket. My personal view is that the play offs are the realistic hope. We should not expect miracles this season from PC. I'm more interested in what his on field tactics, man management and transfer acumen will be like. He will gave tough summer for transfers. But if PC does not succeed we will know definitively that there is something seriously wrong at the club. But I am cautiously optimistic now.

BlueNomad added 14:10 - Mar 4
Listening to the Blue Monday pod with Pompey / Wigan supporters it appears that he likes a few battle hardened professionals. I suspect Chambo will still be in and around the squad next season.

tractorlad01 added 14:18 - Mar 4
Got a real good feeling about Cook. COYB!

MonkeyAlan added 14:19 - Mar 4
Pencil Pete: lm not sure Mick acted that way because he thought he was better. He was just a typical Yorkshire man. He did a good job here under the circumstances. If Evans stays(and it looks very likely now) Cook will come to realise he is working with his hands tied behind his back.

vanmunt added 14:27 - Mar 4
Did this guy ever play in Germany.. boo Paul Cook out.

spanishblue added 14:37 - Mar 4
He can sure shout loud anyway, sounds like he could give Warnock a good go,be very interesting Saturday with that Big Mouthed person at Gillingham, is he still there

BangaloreBlues added 14:53 - Mar 4
Go Paul, we know you're the man for the job.
I sense we will go up this season, second place finish for me!
Seem unrealistic? Then check out these stats:

Remaining fixtures - Opposition average points per game:

1. Peterborough 1.50
2. Hull City 1.41
3. Lincoln 1.39
4. Sunderland 1.53
5. Portsmouth 1.38
6. Doncaster 1.37
7 TOWN 1.14
8. Accrington 1.46
9 Charlton 1.49
10. Oxford 1.42

It's right there - we have the "easiest" run in.
Of course, on paper, but with current form, the new manager boost, I truly believe we're taking an automatic place.

dirtydingusmagee added 14:59 - Mar 4
it would be good to see some passion and motivation coming from the touchline, and some lively interviews, Fed up wih monotone mumbling, and dugout pocket billiards, lets see some drive. Good Luck PC AND COYB.

Churchman added 15:00 - Mar 4
I do like Cook. At first sight he seems very uncomplicated which is a good thing. No trying to boost himself up by banging on about past achievements.

Len_Brennan added 15:04 - Mar 4
This is all well & good Paul, but when are you going to buy us beer?

wewerefamous added 15:08 - Mar 4
I’ve got a really really really good feeling about this guy!... sorry, felt I needed to get that one out there 🤣. Seriously though, I totally agree with some posters on here that the feel good factor is creeping in already, but he will need time and everyone’s support. No mention of playing for big clubs either which is a bonus.


Linkboy13 added 15:17 - Mar 4
For all those numpties who down marked vanmunt it was just a joke . It will be interesting to see who Paul Cook brings in would like to see two combative midfield players brought. I know we won the other night but it was against ten men with a replacement goalkeeper and we were largely out played second half.

Bazza8564 added 15:20 - Mar 4
Lovely to read the comments above i like the one about our run in too and the 1.14 pts. Hope that isn't the kiss of death :)
Momentum is everything we have, what, 16 games left thats 48 points to play for, just keep winning and everything else will take care of itself. Im also really hoping we put one over on Gillingham because their manager irritates me. He could get into a fight with the Dal-hi Llama

Europablue added 15:24 - Mar 4
It usually gets my back up when things get PC, but I'll make an exception for Paul Cook

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