WE take a closer look at the in-form Wigan Athletic side ahead of Saturday's meeting at Loftus Road.
Age - 51
Previous clubs managed
Sligo Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Chesterfield & Portsmouth
Won promotion to the Championship with Wigan in 2018
Preferred managerial style
Possession based – Cook’s teams like to keep possession and play attacking football. They usually approach all games in a similar manner.
Managerial record at Wigan
Games 64 Wins 38 Draws 15 Lost 11
Paul Cook’s record against QPR
Formation and Tactical approach
Paul Cook has more or less always opted to play a 4-2-3-1 formation with the Latics. Wigan plays with a flat back four and full-backs who like to push forward. In midfield, they use a deep-lying playmaker alongside a more box-to-box to player. Their wingers stay wide and give them width and can switch sides during the game. There is an emphasis on the number 10 to get forward and support the lone front man whilst he's also expected to get into pockets and create chances.
Last game and performance
Two goals from Will Grigg – the second from the penalty spot – and another from Gavin Massey saw Wigan defeat Stoke 3-0, while the Potters also had the defender Ashley Williams sent off for a second yellow card with 12 minutes remaining.
Nick Powell – A technically gifted midfielder with the ability to change a game with a piece of individual skill. He scored 15 goals in League One last season.
One to Watch
Callum McManaman – Struggles with consistency, but when on form is a dangerous winger who can beat players for pace and skill.