'We have to aim for the stars' - Ipswich Town's new manager Paul Cook focussing on promotion

Paul Cook on his appointment as Ipswich manager, discussions with the owner, and early targets

Ipswich Town's new manager Paul Cook is aiming high to keep alive their hopes of winning promotion from SkyBet EFL League One this season.

The Blues are two points off the play-off positions after a five match unbeaten run.

Cook watched his new players secure their third straight win at Accrington on Tuesday night (March 2) and hasn't ruled out chasing the top two places while it's mathematically possible.

Former Ipswich player Gary Roberts will work alongside Cook for his first coaching role, with Matt Gill and Jimmy Walker staying on the staff following ex boss Paul Lambert's departure.

And following successful automatic promotion campaigns with Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic to draw upon, Cook says the fundamentals are important.

Cook out on the field at Ipswich Town's training base in Playford Road Credit: Ipswich Town FC

Ahead of his first full game in charge at Gillingham on Saturday (March 6) Cook also confirmed all the players will start with a clean slate, paving the way for a return to first team duties for Kayden Jackson and Jon Nolan.

Both fell out of favour with Lambert for different reasons - Jackson following his red card against Sunderland and subsequent three match ban, and Nolan after his attitude was questioned.

However Nolan faces a two month lay-off after after damaging his medial collateral ligament in training.