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Cowley: Paul's a Great Guy
Monday, 18th Oct 2021 19:23

Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley says Blues manager Paul Cook is a “great guy”, despite their respective clubs not having always seen eye to eye during the summer transfer window.

The Blues tried to gazump Pompey’s move for Luton’s Joe Morrell, while Town pulled out of a deal which would have seen them sign Michael Jacobs from the Hampshire side at the last minute to sign free agent Kyle Edwards instead.

But Cowley says he has a good relationship with Cook, who himself was manager of Portsmouth from May 2015 to May 2017.

“I know Paul pretty well, I’ve got to know him over the years and managed against him many times,” Cook told Portsmouth News.

“He’s a great guy, a good character, larger than life. He lives in the fast lane, loves his football and enjoys his life. Good on him.

“We will be doing everything we can to win the game for our respective clubs, but afterwards no doubt he will come to the manager’s office and have a beer from our fridge.

“I don’t drink, it will be more for them! They’ve got a long trip back so we’ll make sure we look after them.

“We obviously came across each other a few times during the last transfer window. With Joe Morrell, as managers you are kind of after similar players. We couldn't compete with Ipswich financially, but Joe is probably a different one because of our relationship.

“Paul had every right, he knows a good player, that’s why he wanted Joe. In the case of Michael Jacobs, unfortunately that didn’t happen and that can occur in football sometimes.

“Paul and I spoke about it, he’s a good guy and worked with Michael before. It wasn’t ideal with the way it unfolded.

“It’s a great game, but, as managers, we don’t have all the control in these situations, sometimes other things happen.

“We can always have the best of intentions and somebody like Paul certainly does – and has good values. For whatever reason, that transfer didn't happen.

“It's never personal, it’s just professional. In football, you have to respect what is professional and what is personal, and make sure they don’t overlap.

“When the final whistle goes, whatever happens, you leave it behind, thank your opponent and move forward.”

On the squad Cook assembled over the summer, Cowley added: “Paul has a clear way of playing and been a very good manager everywhere he’s gone.

“He has recruited really, really well this summer, putting together a very strong team. I would imagine it’s probably the strongest squad of players he’s ever had for the relative level.

“They haven't just quite managed to get the consistency of results. I am sure when he does, he’ll have similar successes at Ipswich.”

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Europablue added 19:50 - Oct 18
"Paul has a clear way of playing and been a very good manager everywhere he’s gone" do I hear an "except for at Ipswich" dig in there?

rfretwell added 20:00 - Oct 18
Bring it on! Lets drown out those Pompey chimes. Portsmouth away was where i first saw David Johnson mark 2 soon after George Burley signed him from Bury. What a performance he gave that day alongside Scowie. Suddenly promotion looked well on the cards.

blues1 added 20:49 - Oct 18
Europablue. No, u don't. He clearly states at the end of that piece, that he expects cook to have the same success here.

ArnieM added 21:05 - Oct 18
Euroblue : if you are reading something into Cowelys comments that simply aren’t there , then that’s more a reflection on you than Cowley. Such a shame some Town fans have to be like you. It’s uncalled for and frankly sours the whole atmosphere at this Club.

istanblue added 22:50 - Oct 18
''Ay Danny, thanks mate for supporting me in your presser. If you're ever out of work and lookin' for something just give me a shout and I'll give yer a job.''

Europablue added 07:14 - Oct 19
I'm sorry if my little joke got your knickers in a twist.

jabberjackson added 10:14 - Oct 19
Easy Arnie!

churchmans added 12:21 - Oct 19
I think every team in the leauge are quickly working out that if you bomb the ipswich box with long balls and crosses to get something from the game we will collapse and fold! Which is exactly what has been happening a lot

ringwoodblue added 15:23 - Oct 19
Neither Cowley nor Cook have started the season as well as expected so this could be a pivotal match for one team to win and kick on.

I think a manager has to fit the club like Sean Dyche does at Burnley and Ferguson did at Man Utd but imho Cook does not fit our club and therefore it doesn’t matter how successful he’s been elsewhere, it’s only the here and now that matters.

Europablue added 15:40 - Oct 19
I think I'd have to agree with you. I'm moving towards the thinking that Cook is not a good fit for us. He clearly doesn't understand the club or the fans. Calling Cambridge Utd. a local derby?!?
I like the idea of his football being expansive and being more entertaining, but he's also presiding over one of the worst defensive records in the league. If we were winning more, I suppose it wouldn't be such an issue.

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