Paul Cook: “It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave Wigan Athletic”
Last Updated: 01/08/20 10:00am
Wigan have confirmed the departure of first-team manager Paul Cook following the club’s administration a month ago.
Cook guided the club to 13th in the Sky Bet Championship before a 12-point deduction relegated them to League One, subject to appeal.
In his three years in charge at the DW Stadium, Cook oversaw memorable FA Cup victories over Premier League sides AFC Bournemouth, West Ham United and Manchester City.
In a farewell message to his players, staff and Wigan supporters, Cook said: “It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave Wigan Athletic.
“I would like to thank David Sharpe, the Whelan family and Jonathan Jackson for giving me the opportunity to manage such a great club three years ago.
“I have been immensely proud to have continued my long affiliation with Wigan Athletic over the past three years and I have worked hard to represent the club to the best of my ability, to develop individuals and also create a team and a work ethic which the town can be proud of. I have enjoyed some amazing moments with you during that time that will live long in the memory.
“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.
“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.
“I want to thank every player for their efforts, hard work and commitment during my three years as manager. I would like to thank my assistant Leam Richardson and as a collective I thank all of my support staff and the staff behind the scenes who are so pivotal to the football club. We must also not forget the 75 people who unfortunately lost their jobs a few weeks ago and I hope for those people that the club can find a positive solution and move forwards in the near future.
“To the supporters, who are the most important part of this club’s present and future, I would like to thank you all for your support over the last three years. More than ever, I have been overwhelmed by your support to myself, the players and the staff over the past few weeks. Whoever leads this club in the future will be welcomed by a fantastic group of supporters.”