Paul Cook: Social media is running the game

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler

PAUL COOK has aired his concern over the impact of social media on football.

The Pompey boss believes people running clubs are now affording importance to the views aired on Twitter and Facebook.

‘I think social media is running the game.

Paul Cook

Cook feels such forums and online message boards are ‘running the game’ as people react to views aired there.

The 48-year-old has forwarded his thoughts on the subject after Gary Bowyer became the 19th manager in English football to be given the sack on Tuesday.

Cook said: ‘Every time I get home, someone is sacked.

‘I think social media is running the game.

‘In the old days it was a case of going for a pint and talking about the game.

‘Nowadays, and I’m not a social media person because I don’t buy into Twitters, Facebooks and message boards, it’s all on there, but how can you react to that?

‘The problem with us all, though, is we all want to be liked. It’s a society thing. We all want to be heard.’

The fact that over a fifth of English managers in positions at the start of the season have been removed from their position is a shocking statistic for Cook.

That creates an environment where they are now feeling the pressure after a couple of negative results.

Cook feels clubs need to show more foresight.

He said: ‘I think, for us all now, it’s getting a bit silly.

‘Managers now aren’t getting any time.

‘Nowadays if you lose two or three games on the bounce managers are looking over their shoulders. Wow.

‘I think clubs must have a bit more of a stronger outlook if they want to develop the club.

‘Your club must have the foundations that you are going to get better or stronger.

‘If you are going to judge people on a game or two games or three it’s daft.’

Many Pompey fans have been vocal about their desire to see two strikers used up front by Cook in recent weeks.

That’s with the Scouser largely continuing with the 4-2-3-1 formation he’s utilised successfully through his managerial career.

Supporters calling for two strikers is a shout he is familiar, with, after it surfaced in his time in charge at Chesterfield.

His tenure with the Spireites also saw the kind of runs which would have seen the pressure building on him – in campaigns where they won the League Two title and reached the play-offs in League One.

Cook said: ‘We’ve had success at Chesterfield and every team I’ve been at playing one up front.

‘In October the year we won the league with Chesterfield we went seven games without a win.

‘Last season we got into the play-offs and had four defeats on the spin.

‘I’m still the same manager. If you want to catch me on those days I’m a bad manager, though! That’s the reality of football.

‘You have to remember without pain there isn’t a lot of joy, so just keep going.’