Home is where the heart is for Cook

Paul Cook is hoping home comforts will form the backbone of his new era at Wigan Athletic.

Friday, 23rd June 2017, 5:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:32 am
Paul Cook

Cook is enjoying his first week over at Euxton after taking over as Latics boss earlier this summer, with the players due back for the start of pre-season training on Saturday morning.

He’s already been busy in the transfer market, bringing in defenders Chey Dunkley and Terell Thomas, and offloading goalkeeper Matt Gilks and vice-captain Jake Buxton.

The departure of Buxton – a virtual ever-present last term – raised eyebrows in some quarters, but Cook admits the centre-back’s daily commute from Derbyshire was a major problem.

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“When I first managed Chesterfield, one of the things that disappointed me was how far some lads travelled in to the club,” Cook revealed.

“I don’t agree with that – I believe this is our workplace, and we should all live close to it.

“I genuinely believe lads should spend a lot of time at the training ground, and work hard while they’re here.

“That’s not a criticism of Jake in any shape or form.

“But he was living down in Matlock, and I think it was just a nice fit for everyone.”

The Latics squad will be undergoing screening at Euxton on Saturday, before jetting out to Spain on Monday for a week of training and bonding.