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Monday 18 December 2017

Cook's delight at Wigan post

Former Portsmouth player Paul Cook has signed a three-year contract with the club to become their new manager. Photo: Getty Images
Former Portsmouth player Paul Cook has signed a three-year contract with the club to become their new manager. Photo: Getty Images

Wigan have announced the appointment of Portsmouth boss Paul Cook as their new manager.

Former Sligo Rovers boss Cook was given permission to talk to the Latics after they reached an agreement with Portsmouth over the weekend.

The 50-year-old, who had one year remaining on his contract with Pompey, has now signed a three-year contract at the club where he enjoyed two spells with as a player.

The Liverpudlian replaces interim manager Graham Barrow, who left the club on Monday alongside backroom staff Mick Rathbone, John Doolan and Jimmy Barrow following the Latics' relegation to League One. Cook will be joined by assistant Leam Richardson.

Wigan chairman David Sharpe said: "He has a winning CV, a track record of success."

Cook began his reign as Portsmouth boss in 2015, missing out on promotion from League Two in his first season before helping the club win the League Two title on the final day on the 2016/17 campaign.

Prior to Portsmouth, Cook led Chesterfield to the League One title in the 2013/14 season, while he has also managed Accrington after winning two FAI Cups with Sligo. In his first interview since his appointment, Cook - who had two spells at Wigan as a player - said: "It's a superb facility, the stadium has been here for 20 years now but my first recollections of Wigan are from Springfield Park all those years ago.

"To come into the stadium and see all of the facilities that we have here that obviously the previous chairman Mr Whelan and now David have done for the club is absolutely fantastic."

 

Wolves have appointed former Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo as their new head coach.

The 43-year-old becomes the club's fourth manager in just 10 months after replacing Paul Lambert.

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