Cook: Time for Fratton cult heroes

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Paul Cook has called for the rebirth of Fratton Park’s cult heroes.

And he will be challenging his overhauled squad to next season fill the job.

I think it is disappointing Jed Wallace has been a main actor because he’s such a young boy and it is great credit he has done that, but others need to step up to the plate

Paul Cook

The 48-year-old is currently revamping the Blues, a process which started with the release of nine players on Monday.

Cook is under no illusions about the importance of ripping up a Pompey set-up which achieved the lowest Football League position in its history this season.

The new boss has wasted little time in making his mark on a club desperate to clamber out of League Two following two wasted years.

Promotion is no longer a word mentioned in hushed tones – and Cook wants the players to buy into vision.

What’s more, he believes those that succeed in their task can establish themselves in the hearts of the long-suffering Fratton faithful.

Pompey’s boss said: ‘For too many years now the fans have had to put up with negative publicity for whatever, whether that be the performances of the team or what goes on off the field.

‘For too long it has not been what goes on on the pitch and I think now we must give them one or two cult heroes.

‘I call them main actors, these fans need main actors.

‘I think it is disappointing Jed Wallace has been a main actor because he’s such a young boy.

‘It is great credit he has done that, but others need to step up to the plate.

‘That is the theatre of dreams for me.’

In the meantime, Cook is continuing his recruitment hunt with Kyle Bennett top of the wishlist, although Doncaster boss Paul Dickov is hopeful of retaining the left winger.

Pompey also remain on the trail of Jimmy Ryan, who is out of contract with Chesterfield.