Cook on verge on Latics switch

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook is looking increasingly likely to become the new Wigan Athletic manager.

Reports suggest Pompey are resigned to losing the boss who took them to the League Two title last season.

The Blues tabled an improved deal to the 50-year-old at the weekend in the light of interest from the Latics, but it is reported that won’t be enough to keep Cook.

It is understood the offer is not going to match what’s on the table at the DW Stadium, and Cook looks set to depart for Pompey’s League One rivals.

And Graham Barrow looks set to leave Latics as Cook shapes-up as the favourite to take over as manager.

Chairman David Sharpe said last month interim manager Barrow was in his future plans, but reports over the weekend suggest Barrow is headed for the exit door following his criticism of Latics’ transfer activity.

In April, Sharpe said he trusted Barrow ‘with his life’, but Barrow, who took over as interim manager following the sacking of Warren Joyce in March, has since told the Wigan Post not enough signings worked out last season.

He said: “Burton beat us hands down in the January window.”