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4 August 2017

Gaffer looks ahead to MK Dons test and praises travelling support for Saturday’s Sky Bet League One opener.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook looks ahead to Wigan Athletic v MK Dons.
  • Cook urges positivity around the club from players, staff and supporters.
  • Cook: “We’re very focused now on trying to give off the right image for this football club.”

PC on the start of the season

“We’re all very keen to get underway because there’s always a freshness about the start of the season for every club, not just for Wigan Athletic.

“From our point of view though we’re just looking forward to getting going. It’s been a different pre-season for us if you like, but once the season starts we’ll be able to focus on what’s ahead.

“We’re in the midst of a lot of change and that can be quite disruptive at times, but that’s part and parcel of football, and we must work through this period of change and certainly look to a brighter future for us all."

PC on taking time to rebuild

“My message to the supporters will be about positivity. When you make changes at football clubs there will always be a period of unstableness. Managers are always working to be successful, and without pain sometimes there can be no joy. We’re going through a little period of pain now but I predict a really bright future for the club because we’ve got a fantastic football club."

PC on new players coming in

“Everyone out there knows our squad is too big and I’ve got no problem with that. It’s great credit to the chairman and the rest of the directors really that managers have been backed so strongly to get so many players in, but naturally now we must see people leave the club over a period of time. What I want is to be able to work with a group of players who are focused on bringing success to the club."

PC on MK Dons

“After three games at Portsmouth last season we were second bottom with only a point but went on to win the league, so I think people can get very high quickly and then very low.

“We’re fully respectful of MK Dons because they’ve got a very strong squad and have recruited very well. I'm sure Robbie has had enough time now to have a good look at the league, and he’ll be fully aware of what we might bring too. I think it’ll be a very good game because it’ll be two teams who will try to play very good football."

PC on his previous record at MK Dons

“Everyone always has fond memories at certain grounds but it’s important for us now as staff to write a new chapter. We’re very focused now on trying to give off the right image for this football club. We want to have good values at this football club about being a hard working team and we want to make our great travelling support tomorrow proud of us."

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