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Paul Cook resigned as Wigan manager at the end of last season with the club then, and still now, in chaos having gone into administration, but he’s returned to football management today as Paul Lambert’s replacement at Ipswich Town.

The news was hardly a surprise, Lambert himself joked about it last week, knowing by then that not only would he be leaving but that he’d be replaced by the former Claret and that’s proved to be the case over the past couple of days.

Today, current Ipswich owner Marcus Evans, who is, according to reports, about to sell to an American consortium, said: “I’m delighted to announce that Paul Cook is our new manager. He has a proven track record in getting clubs promoted and importantly, not only knows the challenges League One presents but also has experience of working in the Championship and getting back to that level remains our primary focus.”

Cook’s first managerial post was with Southport and then he moved to Sligo in Ireland where he was in charge from 2007 to 2012. He then briefly took over at Accrington before moving on to Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan.

He won promotion to the Championship with Wigan in the 2018/19 but it looked for a long time as if they would go straight back down. They were in the relegation positions from November until the end of February before a remarkable run saw them lose just once in the final fifteen games, and that at Brentford, which saw them finish the season in 13th place and ten points above the drop zone. That was until a twelve point penalty came into play after they’d mysteriously gone into administration. It saw them go down with Charlton and Hull at which point Cook resigned and he’s been out of the game until today.

As a player, Paul Cook came into Burnley on loan from Stockport in March 1999 and played a huge part in us staying up that season before joining us permanently in the summer and ending his league playing career with us in 2003 after 178 league and cup games for us.

Today he joins Derek Adams (Morecambe), Joey Barton (Bristol Rovers) and Michael Duff (Cheltenham), the other ex-Clarets currently managing in the Football League.

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