Paul Cook: Wigan Athletic appoint Portsmouth boss as new manager

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Paul Cook won 52 of his 107 games in charge of Portsmouth

Wigan Athletic have appointed Paul Cook as manager on a three-year-contract after agreeing a compensation package with League Two champions Portsmouth.

Cook, 50, had a year left on his deal at Pompey, after promotion in his second full season at Fratton Park.

Portsmouth had offered a lucrative new contract to Cook, but the former Wigan player opted for the relegated Championship club instead.

He replaces interim boss Graham Barrow, who left the Latics on Monday.

“It was only a minute ago at Portsmouth we were winning the league and we really did think our future was going to be there. But the way things have transpired with new ownership coming in that isn’t the case,” Cook told the Wigan club website