Wigan boss speaks out about future at club after Reading loss

Paul Cook during the EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Wigan Athletic and Rochdale at the DW Stadium, Wigan, England on 24 February 2018. Picture by Daniel Youngs.

Wigan boss Paul Cook said it is up to the “powers-that-be” to decide if he stays on as manager after his side fell to a third consecutive home defeat against fellow strugglers Reading.

The Latics are still in the bottom three after a late George Puscas hat-trick secured a 3-1 win for the Bees following Joe Garner’s opener for the home side in the 34th minute.

The defeat again saw vans voice their displeasure towards Cook and when asked by Wigan Today about his future at the club this is what he had to say: “It’s football today, and I’ve got no problem with the industry we’re in.

“I know the rules of the game – if Wigan fans aren’t happy, they’ll vent their frustrations.

“It’s what football fans do these days, and I’ve no problem with that. I could sit here and tell you I’m going to be manager for the next four years.

“I might not even be the manager beyond the next four minutes.

“That’s football today, I’ve been in the game long enough, and I’ve had a great time as a football manager.

“If the powers-that-be here at Wigan deem that someone else can do better than me, then I’ll be a Wigan supporter for life.”

When asked if his side could turn this miserable run of form around, Cook added: “We got asked this last year, and it bores the life out of me the questions you have to answer now, without being disrespectful.

“No-one knows whether we can turn it round, it’s only time.

The reality is we’re in a relegation fight, and to get out of the relegation fight we have to win games.

“Are we capable of winning games? I believe of course we are.

“Today certainly wasn’t a nice finish to the game, but for 77 minutes I don’t think we did anything wrong in the game.

“That’s how cruel football can be. I’m certainly not going to turn it round by telling you (the media) how I’m going to turn it round.

“I’d like to go away and just lick my wounds, like we always do in football.

“The reality is we’re in a relegation fight, it’s very tough down there and wins are hard to find.

“Especially when you’re in winning positions, like we’ve been, especially when things are going against you, like they have.

“We managed to stay up last year, and I certainly think managing to stay up this year would be deemed a success, with the playing squad we have.”