Wigan Athletic boss signs new deal

Paul Cook and David Sharpe in celebratory mood
Paul Cook and David Sharpe in celebratory mood

Paul Cook has signed a new four-year deal as Wigan Athletic manager.

As the Wigan Post revealed last Friday, Latics chairman David Sharpe has moved quickly to secure his in-demand boss on improved terms.

“I’m absolutely delighted to see Paul commit his long-term future to Wigan Athletic,” enthused Sharpe.

“He has been the main reason behind our success this year.

“I can speak on behalf of everyone associated with Wigan Athletic in saying this is fantastic news.

“Paul is a serial winner - to win the League One title with 98 points, and beat Bournemouth, West Ham and Manchester City to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in his first season in charge is unbelievable.”

Cook was also delighted to commit his long-term fiture to the club wiuth whom he started his playing career over three decades ago.

“I have loved every minute of my time here,” Cook admitted.

“It has been a huge team effort, and I couldn’t have achieved anything here without the support of our chairman David Sharpe, chief executive Jonathan Jackson, my coaching staff, all the staff across the club and the players.

“It was always going to be a big challenge to win promotion immediately.

“But a lot of hard work and endeavour has gone in from so many people, who can all look back on the past year with great pride.

“Our supporters have been incredible, from the first day I arrived.

“I couldn’t have been made more welcome, and I look forward to seeing everyone back at the DW next season.

“I sit here very proud of the success we have enjoyed this season, but in equal measure aware of the challenges we face moving forwards into the Championship – an exciting challenge.”