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Cook: You Can Feel the Passion of Our Supporters But Also the Anger and Frustration
Friday, 16th Apr 2021 10:04

Blues boss Paul Cook says he enjoyed meeting fans at the Greyhound pub in Henley Road on Monday evening and says there’s “fire in the belly” of Town supporters whose passion, anger and frustration he could feel.

“Brilliant, it was great,” Cook said. “It was [academy head of coaching and player development] Bryan Klug’s local, myself and [first-team coach] Gary [Roberts] went to have a quick pint with Bryan. Bryan’s been very, very welcoming to the club.

“You can feel the passion of our supporters, you can also feel the anger and the frustration that’s there.

“Like I say, with the greatest respect, my managerial career is there in front of everyone’s eyes to see. It’s dead clear, I don’t need to come on here and say ‘I’ll do this and I’ll do that’. That’s not what I’m about.

“I love passionate cities and towns. I love football. I love going to away games to watch my team knowing how proud they are of the travelling fans [as they try to] to win the game.

“Ipswich Town fans, there’s fire in the belly, it’s ready to go, it’s ready to rock ’n roll. My job and the new CEO [Mark Ashton] and [chairman] Michael [O’Leary]’s job is to make those people proud.

“It won’t happen overnight, it can’t. I think there’s going to be more pain at the club over the next few weeks and I’m fully prepared for that pain.

“As you can imagine, our team will not be the same tomorrow as it was on Tuesday night. I am not putting up with it anymore.

“I will not throw any players under the bus, I will not say anything on here that I won’t say to people in dressing rooms. It’s not acceptable what we are offering up. Come the end of the season there will be a lot of change.”

Photo: Matchday Images

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trncbluearmy added 10:12 - Apr 16
What a breath of fresh air


TractorCam added 10:16 - Apr 16
“As you can imagine, our team will not be the same tomorrow as it was on Tuesday night. I am not putting up with it anymore".

We're all behind you Cookie!

bluesteal74 added 10:29 - Apr 16
Well said he's saying how we feel, put some under 23s in

slade1 added 10:45 - Apr 16
Where is the social distancing?
Seriously though, great to see PC talking to fans down the pub, top man.

BlueArrow added 10:55 - Apr 16
Just one thing I'd like to add Mr Cook ....Please remember that there are a lot of Towen supporters who live outside of Ipswich. I hope you intend to visit all of their pubs too. Otherwise spot on behind you all the way. COYB .

Gforce added 10:57 - Apr 16
Will be interesting to see which players keep their place, from the Wimbledon game(if any). May give us small idea of who he wants to retain.
Good stuff Cookie !!

itfcserbia added 11:19 - Apr 16
PC looks genuine in that photo must say.

dirtydingusmagee added 12:31 - Apr 16
we all know the players have not earned a place in the team, let the young guns have a go, at least they should be up for it, and who knows may just find a star that get overlooked. New era starts here out with the old in with the new .At least we should see some passion / fight as we end this dreadful season .Think Cookie is a bit of a comedian , wonder if he bought the lads a pint of Lambet Out ? Happy days ,.COYB .

pegasus added 15:13 - Apr 16
If The Greyhound is Bryan Klug's local, and Paul Cook joined him for a pint, I'm impressed. I've been away from Ipswich for 50 years, now, but back in the day the Greyhound was MY local. All the more reason for ending this comment...'ONWARDS and UPWARDS'!

therein61 added 16:22 - Apr 16
Spot on sir you must read this website.

billys_boots added 17:58 - Apr 16
No surprise to see Roberts down the pub, I don’t expect he took much persuading. Paul Cook yes, his current assistants, not convinced.

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