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VIDEO: Ipswich boss Paul Cook arrives at Fratton Park with angry rant at journalists

Ipswich Town boss Paul Cook arrives at Fratton Park with an angry rant at journalists ahead of the League One game against Portsmouth.

Footage was recorded and went viral prior to the game kicking off, and it’s got plenty of people talking it would seem.

Getting over 22,000 views within an hour, it’s described that the ex-Pompey manager turned up at the ground with the hump.

He then has a go at Portsmouth News’ Neil Allen about stoking the fire with recent articles.

Everything starts off calm and collected, the media men and the boss exchange hellos before it then turns sour quick.

He said: “Yous can write some shite about me constantly!”

A journalist replies: “I write shite about you?!”

Cook adds: “With all due respect, even today, can you just let it go. Please. Everytime I read, it’s like ‘morale ignites the fire’, let it go, please.”

@pn_neil_allen tweeted after the heated moment, saying:The two stories I’ve written about #Pompey and Ipswich in the last week….”

The first headline reads – Ex-Luton midfielder Joe Morrell: No regrets over turning down Ipswich for Portsmouth

The second headline states – ‘It’s never personal, it’s just professional’: Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley lifts lid on relationship with Ipswich’s Paul Cook

In that second story, Portsmouth News write: “The two locked horns several times in August during Ipswich’s pursuit of Joe Morrell and Michael Jacobs.

“In the case of Jacobs, Pompey’s boss was unhappy over the Tractor Boys’ treatment of the winger during a transfer which was scrapped at the last minute.

“Meanwhile, Ipswich’s late intervention in an agreed deal to take Morrell to Fratton Park almost cost the Blues the Wales midfielder.

“Still, Cowley possesses no animosity towards his opposite number, who is scheduled to visit Fratton Park tomorrow night (7.45pm) with Ipswich.

“Rather Pompey’s head coach has respect for somebody he credits with having the ‘best intentions’ and ‘good values’.

Cowley told The News: ‘I know Paul pretty well, I’ve got to know him over the years and managed against him many times.

‘He’s a great guy, a good character, larger than life. He lives in the fast lane, loves his football and enjoys his life. Good on him.

‘We will be doing everything we can to win the game for our respective clubs, but afterwards no doubt he will come to the manager’s office and have a beer from our fridge.

‘I don’t drink, it will be more for them! They’ve got a long trip back so we’ll make sure we look after them.

‘We obviously came across each other a few times during the last transfer window.

‘With Joe Morrell, as managers you are kind of after similar players. We couldn’t compete with Ipswich financially, but Joe is probably a different one because of our relationship.

‘Paul had every right, he knows a good player, that’s why he wanted Joe.

‘In the case of Michael Jacobs, unfortunately that didn’t happen and that can occur in football sometimes.

‘Paul and I spoke about it, he’s a good guy and worked with Michael before. It wasn’t ideal with the way it unfolded.

‘It’s a great game, but, as managers, we don’t have all the control in these situations, sometimes other things happen.


‘We can always have the best of intentions and somebody like Paul certainly does – and has good values. For whatever reason, that transfer didn’t happen.

‘It’s never personal, it’s just professional. In football, you have to respect what is professional and what is personal, and make sure they don’t overlap.

‘When the final whistle goes, whatever happens, you leave it behind, thank your opponent and move forward.’

Cowley added: ‘Paul has a clear way of playing and been a very good manager everywhere he’s gone.


‘He has recruited really, really well this summer, putting together a very strong team.

‘I would imagine it’s probably the strongest squad of players he’s ever had for the relative level. They haven’t just quite managed to get the consistency of results.

‘I am sure when he does, he’ll have similar successes at Ipswich.’

Ipswich boss Paul Cook recently made an admission over Pompey as he tried to move on from his chequered Fratton Park past, say Portsmouth News.

They wrote: “Former Blues manager Cook returns to PO4 more than four years after guiding the club to the League Two title, before walking out weeks later to join Wigan.

“It’s a move which still rankles with the Fratton faithful, ensuring the Scouser is guaranteed a frosty reception on his trip back to the south coast.


“Cook, however, attempted to play down his chequered history with Pompey in his press conference before the game.

“With his star-studded Ipswich side remaining below the Blues in the league table after their own poor start to the season, he’s more interested in turning his own troops’ form around.

The Tractor Boys boss said the circumstances of the game and what it means to others was not something he was particularly interested in anymore.”

He told the East Anglian Daily Times: ‘I’m just fully focused on Ipswich Town. My time at Portsmouth has now passed.

‘Portsmouth have got their own issues that they’re going through and that’s for Danny and Nicky (Cowley) to sort out.

‘I just look forward to preparing the team for our next game.

‘Going back to Portsmouth is just the next game in my league campaign this year.

‘Does it hold much for me? Not particularly. I just desperately want to win the game.’

Portsmouth News go on: “Twelfth-placed Pompey go into Tuesday night’s fixture three places and one point better off than Ipswich.

“But while the Tractor Boys boost a record of just one defeat in seven heading into the match, the Blues have only one win in 11 to their name.

“That’s led to pressure growing on Cowley.

“But Cook, who also remains under the cosh, wasn’t interested in sharing his thought’s on his counterpart’s problems.”

Cook added: ‘I’ve got no opinion on Portsmouth and Danny and Nicky’s problems, issues or what they’re going through – that’s their business.

‘My business is Ipswich and we’ve spoke about my problems so we can move on.’

Fans reacted as the Ipswich boss Paul Cook arrives at Fratton Park with an angry rant at journalists…

@danieledmunds4: Need a there’s only one @pn_neil_allen one @pn_neil_allen chant tonight

@jasparvin: He has a point tbh

@tractor_blue: Good on ya Cook!!!!

@PaulGwilliam1: Rattled before the games even started.

@Joexunderwood: Cowley over Cook any day of the week

@LOVELLGARY: Good on ya PC!!!!

@MatthewCarley4: Go on cookie !!!

@HarryGardner26: He’s over rated as is, ego through the roof, probs why they have 2 buses, one just for him

@NeilNutbeam: Rent free

@PompeyHazza9: Tears already

@Willmott3Sam: Aww poor cookie 🐍🐍🐍🐍

@cjhalligan: The man is just making a point because all week the News has carried the story about Morrell and Jacobs! A nothing story really but papers have stir it.

@LittleTinca: What’s he complaining about? Whats @pn_neil_allen done?

@SarahDa90660104: This just goes to prove he sees the shite people are writing and hearing when people are being nasty. I hope he turns this around and shuts them all up. He’s a good bloke with one hell of a job on his hands. Come on Cook you got this

@jamesfrowen: What a wanker

@stevetoozer: He’s not under pressure eh

@peadubya66: Blimey, think @pn_neil_allen is one of the good guys. It’s the twitter idiots who have built up this ridiculous rivalry. Maybe the pressure is getting to him. I liked Cook down here but maybe keep that private until after the game.

@greenspacesimon: Hilarious he’s that thin skinned! #thicky

@StevePFC1: Man’s ego is so huge. What a sausage.

@GeorgeRobbo_14: Good on him! You’d think being an ex manager a journalist wouldn’t write utter rubbish to try stab him in the back. About time managers stood up for themselves

@Dave72177294: Hate to say it but…last laugh is cookie’s

@jimbomann: My Manager. Best way to shut them up is to smash them 4-0 at their place. Well done Cookie!

@Covlad459811: He’s really turned it around I expected big things from Ipswich this season not been great at all in reality but that seems to be changing now fair play for cook for the turn around

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