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Ipswich Town management target Paul Cook signs new deal at Wigan Athletic

Paul Cook has signed a new deal at Wigan. Picture: PA SPORT

Paul Cook has signed a new deal at Wigan. Picture: PA SPORT

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Another of the front-runners for the vacant Ipswich Town manager's job seems to be out of the race, as Paul Cook has signed a new deal with League One champions Wigan Athletic.

Cook, who was briefly the favourite for the job having led the Latics back to the Championship, has inked a four-year contract with the club after a season which also saw them see off Manchester City in the FA Cup.

While he’s still listed as the 11/1 fifth favourite for the Portman Road hotseat with Skybet, that now seems highly unlikely.

- MORE: Hurst now odds-on favourite for Town

He said:“I sit here very proud of the success we have enjoyed this season but in equal measure aware of the challenges we face moving forwards into the Championship - an exciting challenge.”

Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst remains the odds-on favourite for the Town job, listed at 4/7, with Shefki Kuqi (7/1) and Tim Sherwood (15/2) some way behind in the betting.

- MORE: Luke Hyam leaves Ipswich Town after 15 years

Cook joins Lincoln boss Danny Cowley as a former favourite now apparently out of the running after signing a new deal, while Steven Gerrard, who was linked with the job after Mick McCarthy departed, is the new boss at Rangers.

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