Will Grigg admits Wigan Athletic’s League One title-winning campaign had Paul Cook’s fingerprints all over it.
After arriving at the DW Stadium last summer from Portsmouth, Cook quickly started to work his magic, and delivered his third title in five seasons – with three different clubs.
That’s been rewarded this week with a new long-term contract, which should act as a ‘hands-off’ warning to any potential predators.
And Grigg says the role Cook played in lifted a club that had just been relegated from the Championship into a place where everyone wanted to be – virtually from day one – cannot be underestimated.
“There’s never been any grey areas with the gaffer,” Grigg said.
“If you didn’t buy into his methods, and the way he wants to play, you were gone – it is as simple as that.
“And I think you can see the way he’s rubbed off on us, with the way we’ve played.
“The guys at the back and midfield have been so solid, like he wanted.
“But he’s also given the front four the licence to play as much as we can.
“We’ve got the most clean sheets and most goals, so he’s obviously got his tactics spot on.
“Even off the field, he’s been brilliant with the lads.
“The club have obviously done everything they can to keep him here, and rightly so.”