Paul Cook leaves Portsmouth to take charge of League One rivals Wigan

first_img Paul Cook Wigan Athletic have confirmed the appointment of Paul Cook as their new manager.The 50-year-old has left Portsmouth to take charge of the Latics after a compensation package was agreed between the League One clubs.Cook had been in charge of Pompey since May 2015 and led them to the League Two title in his second season in charge.He had one year left on his contract at Fratton Park and was offered a new deal to remain at the club.But he has found the lure of Wigan, where he spent two spells as a player, too strong to resist.Cook 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 from the Championship.Cook will be joined at the DW Stadium by assistant Leam Richardson.Wigan chairman David Sharpe said on the club website: “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. 1last_img

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