Richardson: Surprised, absolutely devastated and gutted
Sunday, December 5, 2021 6:09 PM
Wigan boss Leam Richardson says he is “surprised, absolutely devastated and gutted” for sacked Blues boss Paul Cook, for whom he worked as an assistant at Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan.
Cook was removed from his post at Portman Road after yesterday’s FA Cup draw 0-0 against Barrow.
“Surprised, absolutely devastated and gutted for him individually because no one needs to tell Ipswich fans or anyone in football the caliber of management on his CV,” Richardson said after the 2-1 win for his FA Cup team at Colchester today.
âFor me he’s a Premier League / Championship coach, so it’s surprising. People are looking to get out of the Division (League One) and in that situation they are probably looking for Paul Cook and his ilk.
âHe’ll be fine – he’s very experienced, very tough, very thorough and very thoughtful. I’m sure he will be looking for his next challenge already, knowing him, and I wish him good luck.
Ahead of this weekend’s events, Richardson and Cook were expected to liaise when the Blues travel to Wigan next Saturday.
The early bet on Cook’s successor got off to an erratic and fluctuating start with former Blues defender Frank Yallop a surprise favorite at 2-1, likely due to his time at Arizona United, now Phoenix Rising, where Town’s Three Lions are among the owners.
Former QPR midfielder Marc Bircham is second at 3-1, having recently left the Ireland League side Waterford, a performance which should also be reduced to a spell as an assistant coach of Arizona United in 2016.
Former Town defender John McGreal, who joined the Blues on Thursday and is the likely interim coach following Cook’s departure, is the third seed at 6-1.
Lincoln boss Michael Appleton, who TWTD said was interesting to Town’s new owners before the takeover, is also 6-1.
Frank Lampard, who was interviewed for Town’s job in the summer of 2018 before retiring from the race, is next at 8-1, followed by Neil Harris, who was of interest to former owner Marcus Evans ahead of the sacking of Paul Lambert, at 12-1. .
Former Town’s academy midfielder and coach Liam Manning, currently in charge of MK Dons, is also at 12-1 and as reported yesterday is admired by Town and could be among the main contenders.
Sunderland manager Lee Johnson, who worked alongside Blues CEO Mark Ashton in Bristol City, is at 14-1 with former Chelsea skipper John Terry at 16-1.
Elsewhere, comedian and Cobbold Stand regular Omid Djalili has also set his sights on the ring.
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|we were famous added 18:13 – dec. 5
Fancy working with the powerful blues Mr Richardson?
|itfcserbie added 18:35 – dec 5
My god this is a shocking list of bookies
|It is only me added 18:35 – dec 5
As long as their first name isn’t Paul, I don’t care lol!
|Suffolkboy added 18:42 – dec. 5
I can’t imagine the current leadership effecting a change on an impromptu feeling; disappointing results, little evidence of improvement or progress as a team or individually produced the inevitable!
|warsonwater added 18:44 – dec 5
I’m afraid none of these names exactly fill me with massive excitement.
|bigolconnor added 18:45 – dec 5
I had a bunch of down arrows when I said Yallop yesterday. 2-1 today. Show what I know.
|Michael101 added 18:53 – dec. 5
Vancouver Blue, you may like his resume but nobody likes what he calls football.
|bigolconnor added 19:22 – dec 5
The real concern here is that if we hire Yallop (which I was told about over two months ago) it proves that we can’t trust Ashton. He brought in some good players and the stadium looks more professional and I’m grateful to him for that, but I’m really worried about his schedule. His team of buddies is on a good thing for sure. Paul Cook seemed like a genuine guy and he was given pennies to spend on his coaching staff which showed up in many performances. I guess it was done so that Yallop could bring in whoever he wanted. Time will tell us. I am probably completely wrong.
|markytitfc added 19:33 – dec. 5
Hi for me. He should have been after Mcarthy
|Monkey_Blue added 19:52 – dec. 5
As long as it’s not Warnock or Pulis. I wanted to yallop but that was a long time ago (maybe after Burley or Jim). he wouldn’t want to leave his life in the United States.
|blues since76 added 19:56 – dec. 5
I would be happy if Yallop knew that the club or a foreign manager needed something different.
|DaGremloid added 20:05 – dec. 5
Hope we have a little more ambition than this tbh list.
|90z added 20:13 – dec. 5
None of these names turn me on. Try a coach abroad. Dutch .. German.
|TimmyH added 20:20 – dec. 5
Michael Appleton!?! … please no.
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