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Morsy: Players Shocked and Sad to See Cook Go
Monday, 6th Dec 2021 15:58

Town captain Sam Morsy believes Town’s miserable start to the current campaign – when they failed to win any of their first eight games in all competitions – contributed greatly to the dismissal of manager Paul Cook and his four-strong coaching team at the weekend.

Cook was relieved of his duties following Saturday’s disappointing goalless draw against Barrow in an FA Cup second round tie, which left the Blues with only two wins from nine games in League Two, the Papa John’s Trophy and, of course, the FA Cup.

Former Town stalwart John McGreal, a star of the club’s Premier League days under George Burley and also an ex-Colchester manager, will be in charge for tomorrow’s trip to Charlton while chief executive Mark Ashton and the club’s board of directors decide on the next move in finding Cook’s replacement.

Skipper Morsy, who arrived from Middlesbrough towards the end of the summer transfer window in which Cook added 19 new players, feels a great deal of the damage was done at the beginning of the season as the new-look team longer than anticipated to get into its stride.

Asked how he heard the news of Cook’s departure, the Egyptian international midfielder said: “The chief executive, Mark Ashton, gave me a call to tell me first before the news was released.

“He just sort of told me the decision really. He asked for professionalism during this time and with the club having a long-term vision he asked that we keep that going.

“My initial reaction? I was shocked, a little bit shocked really. Obviously, it was the manager who brought everyone to the club and I was successful with him over a number of seasons, so it was sad. I think all the players were shocked and even sad to see the manager go.”

Morsy, who was Cook’s captain during his time in charge at both Chesterfield and Wigan, was also asked if the departed manager was popular with the players he has left behind.

“Yes, definitely,” he said. “He was really popular and the staff, they tried to do their best and worked really, really hard. Unfortunately, us as players haven’t been quite good enough.

“I spoke to Paul to wish him well. It’s one of those things. Obviously, the club have invested a lot of money so I don’ think they have a lot of patience in order to get success. Obviously, like I’ve said, it’s down to players on the pitch.

“A manager never gets sacked for what he does; it’s the players on the pitch. The effort was absolutely there, the commitment was there, it was just the results in the previous weeks hadn’t been where we wanted them.

“The fine margins have gone against us. If you look at [the games against] Oxford and the Sunderland, and I just think with the way we started the season any sort of slip-up is going to look a lot bigger than what it is.”

Did Cook wish him and his colleagues well? Morsy added: “He wished me all the best and all the team. Obviously, he wants success for the team. He had the job in the summer of sort of clearing out everyone out and starting again really.

“We’ve got this squad now and he’s put that in place. It’s never an easy time and it’s always sad to see any manager lose a job to be honest, whether you’re close to them or not.

“It’s always a sad time but he wished us all the best and hopefully we can still have a successful season.”

How would you describe Paul Cook as a man? Morsy continued: “A great guy – honest, loyal and he put his everything into the club to try to make us a success.

“He worked as hard and was as focused as I’ve ever seen him, but these jobs take a little bit of time and obviously, like I said, I think the start has really impacted us – the first eight games of the season. Any sort of dip, and I think there has been a little dip, is going to of some magnitude.”

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mrshallisfit added 16:03 - Dec 6
Shocked and even sad......perhaps a little, perhaps some of them. Or well. Still get paid the same.

JimInGreensboro added 16:04 - Dec 6
"League Two"? Hopefully, that's not Freudian.

Barty added 16:06 - Dec 6
We are not in League 2

BaddowBlue1 added 16:11 - Dec 6
Sorry Sam, team performances havent been good enough and you have got your boss the boot. You all need to up your game these owners will not carry passengers or any drop in standards.

westernblue added 16:22 - Dec 6
Well spoken, Sam Morsy. He seems a straightforward guy, answering questions as honestly as he can. We are fortunate that he’s a Town player and if he stays he has it in him to be the mainstay of this team for a few seasons yet. As for the wider club, I can just about understand the Board’s business decision. But we as fans are entitled to be more sceptical. Cook’s project was clearly in difficulty. But that our great club gave him so little time is desperately sad. And for those who seem to be delighted about this, ask whether nine months was enough. Really, nine months?

RobbieBobson added 16:24 - Dec 6
Totally bored of all this now. Yet another false dawn. Hopes raised in expectation only to be dashed by a group of overpaid players who (mostly) don’t really care enough to play a full 90 minutes, even for the boss that they joined for! In another report on this interview it’s all ‘ifs’ ‘buts’, ‘fine margins’, ‘missed opportunities’ and even a dig at the fans for being ‘impatient’! IMPATIENT! We have suffered eternal decline under numerous managers and umpteen underperforming players…. No mention of the goal drought, giving up 2 goal leads, losing to boys and struggling against L2 teams. Don’t you dare start pointing the finger at the fans.

blueboy1981 added 18:08 - Dec 6
Personally, with the Managerial Merry Go Round as it has been over recent time at Portman Road - I don’t think Ipswich Town will now be the attraction to a quality Manager it once was.
A journeyman looking for a contract, succeed or fail scenario, there will be no shortage of those applicants.
But will that be an advantage to what we had ?!
Potentially critical and difficult time ahead …. !!
Now the dust has settled - far too hasty decision in sacking Cook in my opinion.
A LOSS against Charlton could really ignite a downward spiral - a WIN could rejuvenate the whole scenario.

andytown added 19:09 - Dec 6
Mark chips, problem with Penney forwards is he can’t cross

Linkboy13 added 20:16 - Dec 6
The players are sad to see him go they might have to work for a living now. Yes agree Mark Chips we haven't got a decent left back at the club.

Marcus added 14:33 - Dec 7
Hope this isn't from a time machine from (not going into Douglas Adams' time travel tenses) next year.

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