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22 April 2018

Latics chairman David Sharpe reflects on the club's promotion to the Sky Bet Championship and Paul Cook's impact.

  • Reaction: David Sharpe on Paul Cook and the club's staff following promotion.
  • Chairman delighted with the work of the manager and his backroom after 4-0 victory at Fleetwood Town.
  • High praise for Latics' playing squad following Sky Bet Championship return.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after the club's return to the Sky Bet Championship following our 4-0 victory away at Fleetwood Town, chairman David Sharpe took time to thank Paul Cook, his staff and the whole football club for their work towards promotion.

The chairman began:

"It's an unbelievable feeling. I never had any doubts about promotion because if it didn't happen against Fleetwood then we had other opportunities on Tuesday and next Saturday.

"This team, the manager and the staff have proved that they're on a different level, they're unbelievable.

"I've loved every minute since we brought Paul in as the manager, along with Leam (Richardson), Anthony (Barry), Nick Colgan, the two physios Nick (Meace) and Proc (Andrew Procter), honestly everyone, not just the players and the manager, but you guys doing our media, the kitman, Karen our player liaison, the cleaners, everyone around the place, but the man who picks everyone up is Paul Cook and what he's done to our football club I could not be more thankful for.

On Paul Cook's impact this season, the chairman continued:

"Even though we weren't in a bad way, we'd suffered a relegation which nobody ever wants to suffer and we had a squad of players being led in the wrong direction, but since Paul came in he's only taken them one way and you've got to give every credit to him because he's been different class.

"Paul has reinvigorated the whole club, not just with the promotion, but we had a great cup run, beating Manchester City and getting to the quarter final of the FA Cup, it's been a remarkable season.

"I've always been confident having Paul in charge, this is his third promotion in five seasons and I don't think there are many managers to come close to that across the country.

"It would take me a while to name every players in the squad because they've all been different class, they deserve to celebrate and for some of them it's their second promotion in three years."

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