Wigan Athletic boss: It doesn’t get any better!

Paul Cook celebrates at Doncaster
Paul Cook celebrates at Doncaster

“It doesn’t get any better than that.”

So admitted Paul Cook after his Wigan Athletic side beat Doncaster 1-, thanks to a late goal from Will Grigg, to secure the League One title in front of almost 4,500 travelling supporters.

“It wasn’t a great game, it was bitty, it was nervy,” assessed the Wigan boss.

“At half-time, you’re seeing Blackburn are winning, and the margins are so small.

“While we’re enjoying our moment, we also have to be respectful to Blackburn and Shrewsbury, who would have been promoted in any other year.

“It’s been such a tough campaign, and to come out on top is great.

“We were delighted to get promoted, and to win the league is the icing on the cake.

“To do it with a Will Grigg goal in front of 4,500 Wigan fans, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

For Cook, it was a second title triumph in a row, having led Portsmouth to the League Two title last term.

“That must mean we’re going to win the Championship next year - of course we will!” he laughed.

“Ha seriously, we’re under no illusion on how tough the league’s going to be.

“We all know the size and the calibre of teams in there, and we have to get strong as a club as well.

“As a club we’ve been in the Championship recently and we know how tough it is.

“But we’ll go into it with absolutely no fear.

“I don’t go into anything in football with any degree of fear.

“I go into it wanting to have a go and trying to make our supporters happy.”

This time last year it all went sour for Cook, resulting in him leaving Portsmouth within days of their title win thanks to the off-field uncertainty surrounding the club’s takeover.

But with a new long-term deal at Wigan believed to be imminent, he can afford to take a pragmatic view.

“It never went well for me at Portsmouth at the end of last season - I can tell you that straight,” he added.

“I was in the best position in the world, and it all collapsed within two days!

“I’d love to be able to say the contract talks are going well here - and they really are.

“I’m sure over the next few days me and the club will have something nice to announce that will make us all happy.”