It’s win or bust time for Wigan Athletic and Paul Cook on Saturday. Judging by his press conference after Saturday’s defeat to QPR, he knows it too.
I really like Paul Cook, as a person. Hardworking, wants his best for the club, cares about the fans and doesn’t shed blame. He’s openly admitted that results at the moment simply aren’t good enough. Being a likeable character only gets you so far, it’s a results business and the football we are playing is poor.
Last season, everyone at the club was happy with staying up. It didn’t matter how we did it, just avoid relegation and look to build the following season with the backing of new owners. You have to credit Cook for last season, although the away form was dreadful, the home form and cup run was brilliant. We had a decent squad, that was battered by injuries throughout.
So, this was the campaign we had to push on. We spent over £10 million in the summer, big money for us, and we do have a talented squad, with good depth. We’ve not delivered, and at the moment are arguably the worst side in the league.
Conceding cheap goals every week, struggling to create chances and just overall look like a side destined to struggle all season. It’s not good enough. The Preston game was a disaster from start to finish. I was happy enough to write off the Leeds game, a top side. The defeats to Middlesbrough and QPR were poor. Barnsley at home is his last chance. If we don’t win on Saturday, he has to go, simple as that.
IEC clearly has big ambitions and money to succeed. Gary Rowett, Gary Monk and Chris Hughton are all out of work. I’d give Hughton whatever he wants, very good at this level and will sort out our defence.
It’s Cook’s biggest game in his Wigan tenure on Saturday, I’d like to see us win, but I’m not confident in the slightest.