'We're the biggest and best club in the league' - Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook has this message for Sunderland, Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan Athletic and Wycombe
When Phil Parkinson was sacked as Sunderland manager back in November last year former Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook was strongly tipped to fill the void at the Stadium of Light.
Cook, who has earned promotion with three sides across both League One and Two in recent years, often spoke candidly about the Sunderland vacancy with supporters intrigued by his adulation for the club.
But following Sunderland’s appointment of Lee Johnson in December, Cook ended up taking over at League One rivals Ipswich Town in March.
The former Portsmouth manager saw a huge overhaul of the Tractor Boys squad this summer with as many as 19 new faces arriving at Portman Road.
However, those additions to Cook’s side have failed to live up to their pre-season expectations winning just one of their opening seven games of the season.
But despite such a sluggish start from the East Anglian side, Cook believes Ipswich are the ‘biggest’ and ‘best’ club in League One.
Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times Cook said: “I just think we’re the biggest club in the league, we’re the best club in the league and I think we’ve got the best squad. But that would be what I think, wouldn’t it?
“To manage these sort of teams – whether it’s me, Danny Cowley, Darren Moore, Lee Johnson – it’s a great honour.
"Because if you can be the one who delivers success to the fans then you’ll be held in such high esteem.
"These clubs are desperate to go back to where they want to be.”