Former Clarets Midfielder Returns to Management At Ipswich Town
Ipswich Town have this afternoon confirmed that Paul Cook has become the new manager at Portman Road on a contract until the summer of 2023. Cook, replaces Paul Lambert as manager who parted company with the Tractor Boys last weekend following two years in charge of the Suffolk football club.
The former Southport, Sligo Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic boss has agreed a contract at Portman Road until the summer of 2023.
Cook, who resigned from Wigan Athletic in August 2020 after three years in charge at DW Stadium, will be in the stands to watch Ipswich’s match at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday and will take his first training session on Thursday. He led the Wigan Atletic to promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship in 2017-18, his first season in charge, but they went into administration last July and were relegated to Sky Bet League One after a twelve point deduction. He has also previously guided Chesterfield and Portsmouth to promotion from Sky Bet League Two.
Speaking to the club website Marcus Evans said, “I have been impressed by his ideas and ambitions to help take Ipswich Town forward, I look forward to working with him as we strive to return to the Sky Bet Championship. Paul has a proven track record in getting clubs promoted and more importantly he know the challenges of Sky Bet League One presents. His experience of working in the Championship and getting back to that level remains our primary focus. He knows he will be working with a squad of players that is as good as any in this division. I believe he will bring the energy, the enthusiasm and the experience that can fully enhance our promotion aspirations.”
Former Ipswich Town midfielder Gary Roberts will also be re-joining the club as part of Paul Cook’s management team as first-team coach.