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Cook set for surprise return to Gloucester City

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Former Gloucester City manager Mike Cook is set for a second spell at the Tigers.

Stroud-born Cook,54, who was part of the Coventry City FA Youth Cup winning team of 1987, which also included Gary Marshall, is expected to be named the new boss at City following the departure of his former Wolves team-mate Tim Flowers, who left his post by mutual consent at the weekend after a run of poor results that sees City floundering in the lower reaches of the National League North table.

If appointed for a second time, Cook would be expected to bring his former backroom staff of Andy Hoskins and Marc McGregor back to Meadow Park.

Cook took charge of struggling Gloucester City back in January 2019, in what was his first step on the managerial ladder.

He helped secure The Tigers National League South status in his one and only season at the helm, guiding them from bottom of the table and into the top ten in just 17 games.

After departing Meadow Park in October 2019, he was then appointed manager at Chippenham Town in January 2020 where he spent two years.

Similar to his exploits at Gloucester, he took a relegation threatened Bluebirds from second bottom in the table to a twelfth place finish in his first term.

Then, during the 2021/22 campaign, he guided the club into play-off contention and an eventual top ten finish.

Cook is currently head Coach of Swindon Town’s women’s first-team.

Cook holds UEFA Pro, A, B and C licenses, and has been working for the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) as a coach educator for the past 13 years, delivering courses to both current and ex-professional male and female players.

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