Gloucester City look to Mike to Cook up a plan for National League survival

Gloucester City have appointed former player Mike Cook as First Team Manager as they look to survive the prospect of relegation from the National League South. 

Cook, who appeared for Coventry City, York City, Cambridge United & QPR before stints with Gloucester City, Shortwood United & Cinderford Town, returns to the club after being involved in coaching for the PFA since 2010.

In a club statement on the Gloucester City website, Club Director Alex Petheram welcomed the new Tigers manager.

We’re delighted to announce that Mike Cook is the new manager at Gloucester City AFC.

Mike brings with him a wealth of football knowledge, experience and most of all he knows what Gloucester City is all about. He understands the club, the area and we believe he has what it takes to get us out of the position we currently find ourselves in.”

Cook will be joined in a new management team that sees two former City players rejoining the club. Former City striker Andy Hoskins joins the club as First Team Forward Coach in a bid to get the goal shy Gloucester side firing. Fellow forward Karl Bayliss joins the setup and will look after player recruitment.

The appointments raised question marks about current caretaker managers and club legends Tom Web & Mike Green, with the club quick to confirm that they will be the First Team Midfield and Defensive coaches respectively.

Cook (centre) has been installed as First Team Manager and will be aided by Bayliss (left) & Hoskins (right)

Cook will take charge of his first game on Saturday (12th January) when City welcome fellow strugglers Hungerford Town to the Jubilee Stadium in Evesham. The Tigers will begin the day four points from safety and a win will put them one point behind this weekend’s visitors.

In the statement on the website, Cook leaves his first comments as manager short and sweet by saying;

“I’m delighted to return to Gloucester City. I cannot wait to get started and hope to see as many Supporters as possible at Evesham on Saturday.”

The appointment has seen fans, current and former Gloucestershire players issue their seal of approval, including former Tigers Lee Randall & Jody Bevan.