Cork so glad to be back

Basingstoke Gazette: Jack Cork Jack Cork

Jack Cork has admitted to feeling “helpless” after losing his place in the team to Victor Wanyama this season.

The midfielder was a key figure in the club’s success over the previous two campaigns, but was ousted last summer by £12.5m signing Wanyama.

“It was a strange one, because I hadn’t felt that I’d done anything wrong,” said Cork.

“I finished a good season last year and I just felt a bit helpless really that I couldn’t do anything to effect what people thought of me.

“It was a bit frustrating. It felt like ages. It was only 15 games, but it felt like the longest period ever.”

Up until early December, Cork had only played about ten minutes of Premier League football, but he was given a chance to return to regular action when Wanyama suffered a hairline fracture in his leg.

“It was unfortunate that Victor had to get injured for me to get the chance, but I just wanted to go in and try and play,” said Cork, who has been in outstanding form and was credited by captain Adam Lallana for changing the game in last Saturday’s 3-0 win at Fulham, where he was introduced at half-time for Wanyama.

“I didn’t feel any pressure or anything different, I just wanted to be back out there, because I felt so frustrated at being left out.”

While he was disappointed at his lack of action in the first half of the season, Cork said he had no complaints about Wanyama being selected ahead of him to partner Morgan Schneiderlin.

“I was sort of prepared for it in the summer with what happened,” he said.

“Victor started the season really well and I had no complaints. We were winning a lot of games and sometimes that’s just football.”

Cork admitted that he had been unsure about his future at Saints earlier in the season.

But, after playing regularly for the last two months, his outlook has changed somewhat – so much so that he was pleased to hear the club rejected an approach from Swansea for him at the end of the January transfer window.

“The first thing I sort of heard about it was the manager saying ‘he is not going anywhere’,” explained Cork, who could start against Stoke today, with Wanyama suffering from a knock.

“Nothing really more happened and it was nice to hear the manager say he didn’t want me to go and was not for sale. “It gave me a little bit of confidence that I would be a good part of his plans.”

Cork’s contract runs until the end of next season and, while negotiations over a new deal have not started, he has indicated he would be willing to talk about one.

“Yeah, I think so,” he said. “I mean, it was hard at the start of the season, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but things have changed, I’ve been playing a lot of games, and I do love being around here.

“I love everyone here, I’m so settled here. I love everything about it, so I would love to stay here, but, obviously, if things go back to how they were at the start of the season then things may change.”

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8:18am Sat 8 Feb 14

West Cork Saiint says...

Well done Corkie, keep the faith and stay on the bus!. Conditions will be tough today but 3 points would be perfect. COYS
Well done Corkie, keep the faith and stay on the bus!. Conditions will be tough today but 3 points would be perfect. COYS West Cork Saiint
  • Score: 8

8:41am Sat 8 Feb 14

Velleity says...

Look Jack, I love you being back in the side. I rate you so highly and I think you were long the unsung hero of the squad - starting every single game in the Championship was a testament to your importance. You've created so much so unobtrusively. The people who now sing your parises seemed not to notice you until recently. I thought you were something special from the start and I never lost the faith.

However, for around a year I've been backing you to score in every game you've played. It's cost me a fortune. I've been getting longer and longer odds, so please, just for me, score a goal today and reward my faith in you. Please. Just get it in the net. Please. You know it makes sense.
Look Jack, I love you being back in the side. I rate you so highly and I think you were long the unsung hero of the squad - starting every single game in the Championship was a testament to your importance. You've created so much so unobtrusively. The people who now sing your parises seemed not to notice you until recently. I thought you were something special from the start and I never lost the faith. However, for around a year I've been backing you to score in every game you've played. It's cost me a fortune. I've been getting longer and longer odds, so please, just for me, score a goal today and reward my faith in you. Please. Just get it in the net. Please. You know it makes sense. Velleity
  • Score: 10

8:48am Sat 8 Feb 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

MoPo needs to up his communication with Cork.
MoPo needs to up his communication with Cork. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 8

9:00am Sat 8 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
MoPo needs to up his communication with Cork.
I agree. How can an important player like Jack be left on the sidelines and not even be spoken to about it. Surely man management is a huge part of a manager's job How dfficult is it to pull a player aside after training just to give him the reassurance that he needs. JC obviously loves being here and has said he would like to talk about a new contract Sign him up now while he's getting a good run. If I were Jack I would regard Swansea's offer as more of an insult than a compliment. He could command an automatc start in 90% of Prem sides. Have a good one today Jack. The fans luv ya.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: MoPo needs to up his communication with Cork.[/p][/quote]I agree. How can an important player like Jack be left on the sidelines and not even be spoken to about it. Surely man management is a huge part of a manager's job How dfficult is it to pull a player aside after training just to give him the reassurance that he needs. JC obviously loves being here and has said he would like to talk about a new contract Sign him up now while he's getting a good run. If I were Jack I would regard Swansea's offer as more of an insult than a compliment. He could command an automatc start in 90% of Prem sides. Have a good one today Jack. The fans luv ya. Clever Dick
  • Score: 10

9:20am Sat 8 Feb 14

costa gaz says...

It's fantastic to have 3 of the premiers leagues top defensive midfielders in our squad, but keeping all three happy will be a huge test for MP.
Not sure if rotation is the answer, although it works well at some clubs.
I can't really decide who I'd play they all have their different things that they bring to the game.
A headache for Mauricio.
...And as for that £3m bid for cork.... as if !!!
It's fantastic to have 3 of the premiers leagues top defensive midfielders in our squad, but keeping all three happy will be a huge test for MP. Not sure if rotation is the answer, although it works well at some clubs. I can't really decide who I'd play they all have their different things that they bring to the game. A headache for Mauricio. ...And as for that £3m bid for cork.... as if !!! costa gaz
  • Score: 9

10:02am Sat 8 Feb 14

george chivers says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
MoPo needs to up his communication with Cork.
I agree. How can an important player like Jack be left on the sidelines and not even be spoken to about it. Surely man management is a huge part of a manager's job How dfficult is it to pull a player aside after training just to give him the reassurance that he needs. JC obviously loves being here and has said he would like to talk about a new contract Sign him up now while he's getting a good run. If I were Jack I would regard Swansea's offer as more of an insult than a compliment. He could command an automatc start in 90% of Prem sides. Have a good one today Jack. The fans luv ya.
Unless of course MoPo wanted to sell him and get somebody else in. That would be a reason for not communicating with him. Managers do that all the time. The message is in the silence.

I am not saying that is true, I am saying that is another way of looking at it. Personally I think he has been a great buy and should be in our squad for a long time to come.

Here's to a victory today and safety guaranteed, with JC in the team.

COYR STID
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: MoPo needs to up his communication with Cork.[/p][/quote]I agree. How can an important player like Jack be left on the sidelines and not even be spoken to about it. Surely man management is a huge part of a manager's job How dfficult is it to pull a player aside after training just to give him the reassurance that he needs. JC obviously loves being here and has said he would like to talk about a new contract Sign him up now while he's getting a good run. If I were Jack I would regard Swansea's offer as more of an insult than a compliment. He could command an automatc start in 90% of Prem sides. Have a good one today Jack. The fans luv ya.[/p][/quote]Unless of course MoPo wanted to sell him and get somebody else in. That would be a reason for not communicating with him. Managers do that all the time. The message is in the silence. I am not saying that is true, I am saying that is another way of looking at it. Personally I think he has been a great buy and should be in our squad for a long time to come. Here's to a victory today and safety guaranteed, with JC in the team. COYR STID george chivers
  • Score: 2

10:04am Sat 8 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

Watching the first half, against Fulham, I felt our midfield was too structured, as in Wanyama stayed central, Spider played on his left, and Davis to his right, with little interchanging of position.
When Cork came on, Spider seemed to have more licence to roam, which gave more fluidity to the team, helping the link up play when moving the ball forward.
Cork also has the ability to make space, even when surrounded by opponents, to pass the ball to a team mate, which is invaluable.
Watching the first half, against Fulham, I felt our midfield was too structured, as in Wanyama stayed central, Spider played on his left, and Davis to his right, with little interchanging of position. When Cork came on, Spider seemed to have more licence to roam, which gave more fluidity to the team, helping the link up play when moving the ball forward. Cork also has the ability to make space, even when surrounded by opponents, to pass the ball to a team mate, which is invaluable. Costa Baz
  • Score: 5

10:11am Sat 8 Feb 14

Wembley76 says...

It seems to me that a lot of football 'management' & 'leadership' remains in the 'dark ages'...so often there appears to be a lack of, or ineffective communication between the hierarchy and the players and also owners and managers. Being informed by sms or through the press is scandalous....and the impacts can be disastrous in terms of motivation / confusion and misunderstanding. A player like Cork is a class act and should be treated with respect. Good communication and a clear explanation of the situation and rationale can keep a 'squad player' motivated and continuing to 'make a difference when needed'...the same with the RL possible transfer to WHam...not clever....The problem is that few managers are 'trained and developed' in man management and still seems to have a macho style approach which may have worked for Clough / Shankly, but does not in the modern 'millionaire' status game...
It seems to me that a lot of football 'management' & 'leadership' remains in the 'dark ages'...so often there appears to be a lack of, or ineffective communication between the hierarchy and the players and also owners and managers. Being informed by sms or through the press is scandalous....and the impacts can be disastrous in terms of motivation / confusion and misunderstanding. A player like Cork is a class act and should be treated with respect. Good communication and a clear explanation of the situation and rationale can keep a 'squad player' motivated and continuing to 'make a difference when needed'...the same with the RL possible transfer to WHam...not clever....The problem is that few managers are 'trained and developed' in man management and still seems to have a macho style approach which may have worked for Clough / Shankly, but does not in the modern 'millionaire' status game... Wembley76
  • Score: 0

10:32am Sat 8 Feb 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

costa gaz wrote:
It's fantastic to have 3 of the premiers leagues top defensive midfielders in our squad, but keeping all three happy will be a huge test for MP.
Not sure if rotation is the answer, although it works well at some clubs.
I can't really decide who I'd play they all have their different things that they bring to the game.
A headache for Mauricio.
...And as for that £3m bid for cork.... as if !!!
It has to be rotation if you want a squad of more than 11 players. Also we have seen how rusty players get if they come into replace an injured or suspended player when not having played at all, which costs the team points.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: It's fantastic to have 3 of the premiers leagues top defensive midfielders in our squad, but keeping all three happy will be a huge test for MP. Not sure if rotation is the answer, although it works well at some clubs. I can't really decide who I'd play they all have their different things that they bring to the game. A headache for Mauricio. ...And as for that £3m bid for cork.... as if !!![/p][/quote]It has to be rotation if you want a squad of more than 11 players. Also we have seen how rusty players get if they come into replace an injured or suspended player when not having played at all, which costs the team points. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 8

11:57am Sat 8 Feb 14

Tirau Dan says...

I think Poch is no mug and knows how to get the best work from players who want to make the first team,,, doesn't matter who you are sfc... if you work hard and succeed then you get in the first team.. rotation is thee key to competition and fitness it is part of all codes. Let the manager manage. Jack.. you are an ace and you know Poch knows it too..good luck
I think Poch is no mug and knows how to get the best work from players who want to make the first team,,, doesn't matter who you are sfc... if you work hard and succeed then you get in the first team.. rotation is thee key to competition and fitness it is part of all codes. Let the manager manage. Jack.. you are an ace and you know Poch knows it too..good luck Tirau Dan
  • Score: 5

1:13pm Sat 8 Feb 14

justaSaintsfan says...

The great thing now for Saints is that, during the ownership of first Markus and now Katharina Liebherr, the club is no longer one that must sell players to survive financially. We can keep our best players if they want to stay and Jack Cork is very much one of those!

It is also wonderful that Saints are no longer struggling so much to balance their finances that all their best academy players have to be sold. This fact is already making a world of difference to the first team squad and it most importantly means that the likes of Arsenal have no more opportunities to plunder all the best
The great thing now for Saints is that, during the ownership of first Markus and now Katharina Liebherr, the club is no longer one that must sell players to survive financially. We can keep our best players if they want to stay and Jack Cork is very much one of those! It is also wonderful that Saints are no longer struggling so much to balance their finances that all their best academy players have to be sold. This fact is already making a world of difference to the first team squad and it most importantly means that the likes of Arsenal have no more opportunities to plunder all the best justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 3

1:17pm Sat 8 Feb 14

justaSaintsfan says...

The great thing now for Saints is that, during the ownership of first Markus and now Katharina Liebherr, the club is no longer one that must sell players to survive financially. We can keep our best players if they want to stay and Jack Cork is very much one of those!

It is also wonderful that Saints are no longer struggling so much to balance their finances that all their best academy players have to be sold. This fact is already making a world of difference to the first team squad and it most importantly means that the likes of Arsenal have no more opportunities to plunder all the best.
The great thing now for Saints is that, during the ownership of first Markus and now Katharina Liebherr, the club is no longer one that must sell players to survive financially. We can keep our best players if they want to stay and Jack Cork is very much one of those! It is also wonderful that Saints are no longer struggling so much to balance their finances that all their best academy players have to be sold. This fact is already making a world of difference to the first team squad and it most importantly means that the likes of Arsenal have no more opportunities to plunder all the best. justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 1

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