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PAUL RELISHING TOWN CHALLENGE

4 March 2021

New boss not fazed by takeover talk as he targets bringing success back to Blues

Paul Cook says he is not concerned with the speculation around a takeover at the Club and is solely focused on working with the players and staff to help bring success to Ipswich Town.

Owner, Marcus Evans, issued a statement to supporters last night that covered a range of topics including addressing media reports of interest in the Club from prospective buyers.

Paul will work with the players for the first time at the training ground today after being announced as Town’s new manager on a two and a half year contract on Tuesday.

“I’m aware of the rumours but that’s not my business, that’s down to Marcus,” Paul told the Club website.

“I wouldn’t have taken the job if I had any concerns. I’ve had some good conversations with Marcus already. I’m looking forward to working with him and I know what he wants from me.  

“It’s clear that he has a determination to take this Club back to where we all want it to be and as manager, it’s my job spec to win football matches.

“There is a very good squad of players here and my objective is to try my best to help the Club win promotion this season. It will be a big challenge but it’s a challenge we must take head on and together and that will be reiterated to the staff and the players today.

“I’m really looking forward to getting going now. I want to get integrated into the Club as soon as possible.”

Paul was in the stands at Accrington on Tuesday to see Town chalk up a third successive win and Blues are now two points outside the Play-Off places with 16 games of the League One campaign to play.

“I’m coming in under a little bit of pressure, aren’t I!” he joked. “Pressure is always there in football for everyone and the bigger the club you manage, the more pressure there is.

“But pressure is something you put yourself under, your staff under and your players under to win football games.

“All I can say is that the fans will know that we will be doing everything possible to be successful at Ipswich Town.”




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