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IPSWICH TOWN HAVE announced the appointment of former Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook as its new manager.
The 54-year-old Cook has signed a contract to replace Paul Lambert until the summer of 2023, who will take over at the has left the League One club by mutual agreement.
Marcus Evans, owner of Ipswich, said on the club’s official website: “I am pleased to announce that Paul Cook is our new manager.
« He has a proven track record of promoting clubs and most importantly, not only is he familiar with the challenges League One brings but also has experience working in the championship. Returning to that level remains our main focus. «
Cook, who has been promoted to manager three times, said:“ First of all, I would like to wish Paul (Lambert) and Stuart (Taylor) all the best for the future. I know them both and football is tough business. «
The former Chesterfield and Portsmouth boss added, » I am proud to be in this position and I will do everything I can to repay the trust Marcus has placed in me.
« The Promotion this season is the immediate goal. It’s going to be a big challenge, but it’s a challenge that anyone in the club can take part in. «
The Liverpudlian has been associated with various clubs since his retirement as Wigan boss last summer, including recent vacancies in Bristol City and Sheffield on Wednesday.
Cook began his career as a manager at Southport and led Chesterfield to the League Two title after stints at Sligo Rovers and Accrington Stanley in 2014.
Three years later he repeated the feat with Portsmouth and in 2018 won the League One title with Wigan, who reached the FA Cup quarter-finals in the same season after beating Bournemouth, West Ham United and Manchester City.
Wigan retained his championship status the following season, but Cook left the club in August last year after the club suffered a 12-point deduction for the In office was relegated.
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Cook inherits a squad that includes Irish international Alan Judge.
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Lambert replaced Paul Hurst in October 2018, but Ipswich was relegated at the end of the Scot’s first season.
The Tractor Boys are currently eighth in the Premier League, two Points below the play-off spots after an unbeaten run of four games. Irish internationals Alan Judge, Troy Parrott and Stephen Ward and U21 internationals Mark McGuinness and Aaron Drinan are currently on the first team squad in Portman Road.
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New gaffer for Irish contingent in Ipswich Town as Paul Cook returns to management comments