Paul Cook resigns as Wigan boss following relegation from the Championship

Paul Cook has resigned from his role as Wigan manager after the club were relegated to League One, reports PA.

The 53-year-old was unable to keep the Latics in the Championship after they were hit with a 12-point deduction for entering administration.

Wigan would have finished 13th but instead dropped into the relegation zone on the final day.

The club are appealing against the sanction, with their case to be heard this coming Friday.

Cook led Wigan to the League One title in his first season after taking the reins in 2017, and kept them up at the first attempt.

Paul Cook has resigned from his role at Wigan
Paul Cook has resigned from his role at Wigan

A points penalty made it too tall an order this time and he will now leave Wigan, where he also spent time as a player between 1984 and 1988.

The club were placed in administration on July 1, despite a change of ownership less than a month before.

A preferred bidder was announced on July 22, the same day the Latics were relegated, but negotiations broke down because of the preferred bidder’s “non-compliance in the first stage of exclusivity.”

Talks are under way with the next preferred bidder out of the five offers which were received and there was an update from the administrators on Monday.

It read: “The joint administrators would like to provide the following update to state that discussions with the preferred bidder have continued on a positive note over the weekend and today, though at this stage there is no exclusive agreement.

“The joint administrators will further update supporters on Saturday following the appeal hearing on Friday, which is expected to take all day.”

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