Backroom boys will be top managers - Wigan Athletic boss

Paul Cook with his successful Latics backroom staff
Paul Cook with his successful Latics backroom staff

Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook believes his trusted lieutenants Leam Richardson and Anthony Barry will go on to become successful managers in their own right.

But the Latics chief is keeping his fingers crossed those conversations won’t be for a good few years yet!

Cook has been busy carving out a reputation for being one of the best young managers in the game, with three promotions and two play-off finishes in the last five uyears – across three different clubs.

But he’s the first to admit he wouldn’t be where he is now but for his backroom staff, including Richardson – who worked with him at both Chesterfield and Portsmouth – and Barry, who teamed up with the duo last summer when they arrived at Wigan.

When asked whether he thought Richardson and Barry would eventually make top managers themselves, Cook displayed his trademark dark humour.

“No, they haven’t got a clue – they’re useless!” he laughed. “I do everything on my own here...I keep getting these awards and it’s all down to me!

“Listen, on a serious note, the two of them have been brilliant with me, you can’t pay them enough compliments.

“The only thing for me is making them aware of how appreciated they are.

“Could they do it as a manager? Of course they could.

“They’ve got all the credentials required to be top managers.

“When that will be, who knows, but we’re very lucky to have them here in the meantime.”