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BOSS ON LEAM RICHARDSON

23 April 2021

"I'll be working with new personnel and new staff going forward. As long as the staff have the same hunger, desire and enthusiasm, then everything will be fine at the club"

Paul Cook has passed on his best wishes to his former assistant manager Leam Richardson following his appointment as manager at Wigan.

Richardson was made the permament boss of Paul's former side on Wednesday, having been in caretaker charge since November.

The two worked together at Chesterfield as well as DW Stadium, with the news ending speculation that they would be reunited at Portman Road in this summer, the assistant manager role currently being vacant at the Club.

"My best wishes go to Leam," Paul told iFollow Ipswich. "We lost Wigan Athletic Football Club 12 months ago, Wigan Athletic have now got their football club back which is amazing for the supporters.

"Wigan fans rallied around it unbelievably well. I think 75 people lost their jobs at the time which was horrific for the town. They've had 10 months of real pain. The club, on the pitch, is doing really well which is why Leam's got the job. Off the pitch, they've got new owners and as everyone knows, I wish Wigan Athletic ever so well in the future. 

"It's football. All it shows to me is how lucky and privileged I was to have such good staff working for me. That cycle has gone at every club. All of those staff have moved on and with my blessing.

"The most important thing for Paul Cook is my burning desire to be successful and win football games.

"I'll be working with new personnel and new staff going forward. As long as the staff have the same hunger, desire and enthusiasm - which is huge in football - then everything will be fine at the club."

The full interview with Paul is available on iFollow Ipswich.


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