Cook confirms Wigan exit

01 August 2020 20:38:49 GMTPlus10

Paul Cook confirms he has elected to leave his role as Wigan manager after the financially troubled club suffered relegation to League One.

The Latics had lost only one of their final 15 Championship games and were on course for a 13th-placed finish, but a 12-point deduction for entering administration saw them finish the campaign in the bottom three.

Wigan, who won ten of their 18 league matches in 2019-20, fell two points short of survival and their money troubles made it tough to retain the services of Cook.

The 53-year-old, who was appointed in 2017, led the Latics to promotion back to the Championship in his first season and is devastated to see their relationship come to an end under such circumstances.

Speaking to the BBC, Cook said: "It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave.

"It is well publicised that the club is going through an incredibly challenging period and, of course, we are all hoping a positive outcome can be found so this football club can write its next chapter under new ownership."

He added: "That has to be the main priority for everyone involved and I know the administrators are working hard to ensure the club can get through these difficult times and find new owners."

An appeal against the points deduction took place on Friday and Wigan expect to see their fate revealed next week.

Cook, who has previously managed Portsmouth and Chesterfield, has been linked with the vacant managerial role at Bristol City following his heroics at the DW Stadium.

London rivals Fulham and Brentford will battle it out for promotion to the Premier League. Brentford are 1.53, with the Cottagers 2.50.

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