When Mike Cook and Andy Hoskins joined Gloucester City as Manager and Assistant in January the Tigers were languishing at the bottom of the National League South after a disastrous spell under former manager Chris Todd and at the time Gloucester fans were looking for a captain to steady the sinking ship.
But just over 10 months later and after steering the club to survival last season and seeing City adapt to life back in the National League North better than anticipated, City have today confirmed the departure of Cook as manager and then Hoskins as part of the management team.
Following the news fans have began to question why? Why has Cook departed? Why has it been announced now, just days after news was released regarding the redevelopment of their Meadow Park stadium? And to some there will be the question of why us?
The turbulent history of the club since the 2007 flooding is one that is well documented and is one that appeared to be coming to a swift end, however this latest news has already asked more questions than have been answered by the club.
Gloucester City have released the following update on the club website:
“Following today’s news, the board directors have attended a meeting in Gloucester at 15:00 this afternoon to finalise and confirm the requirements for the now vacant managers position.
The club re-confirms the intention to appoint a full time manager to assist in bringing the club back to both ‘Meadow Park‘ and the ‘Gloucester community’.
The board would again like to express their thanks to the departing management team and now concentrate their efforts into returning back to Gloucester next season with intent, by ‘Prorsum Semper‘ (Clubs motto) delivering the dream of ‘football league‘ into a reality.
Our commitment to the community and to the City of Gloucester, is to have a club that plays in the ‘football league’ back home in Gloucester.”
Unfortunately for the club, the initial reaction has not been positive and a number of fans have questioned the club’s decision to what can only be perceived as Cook being relieved of his duties.
Someone been sniffing drugs? We are a million miles off conference national let alone league football. Unless someone has shit money to give a new manager. We are struggling to fill the bench let alone anything else!
— matt clift (@mclift13) November 16, 2019
Still none the wiser from this update to what has happened. complete disgrace
— David Monaghan (@monaghandavid59) November 16, 2019
— Paul (@MrMeadowClark) November 16, 2019
On Twitter the most telling of tweets appears to come from Cook’s wife Karen who has dismissed rumours going around that a busy workload had been the reason for Cook’s departure from the club.
Thank you everyone for the tweets.
Mike will let everyone know tomorrow , but the reasons are not due to his work commitments and this was not his decision . #disgraceful
— Karen Cook (@karenklcook1) November 16, 2019
So another chapter ends in the history of Gloucester City AFC and whilst their are no doubt answers to come from the club and Cook himself, one thing that is for sure is the fans haven’t taken the news well and only time will tell as to whether the decision is a good one.