Wigan Athletic caretaker manager Leam Richardson has insisted that 'there is a job to be done here' amid speculation that he could join Paul Cook at Ipswich Town.
Richardson has been in charge of the Latics first-team since November 2020, providing some much-needed stability in an ever-changing period for the Sky Bet League One club.
After former Wigan boss Paul Cook was appointed as the new Ipswich Town manager on Tuesday, it was widely speculated that the Liverpudlian could try and organise a reunion in Suffolk with his trusted, long-term assistant coach.
And Richardson - who previously worked as Cook's number two at Accrington Stanley, Chesterfield Portsmouth, and Latics- has reaffirmed his commitment to the cause at the DW Stadium.
"I'm absolutely made up for him," he gushed.
"In my opinion- and obviously I'd be biased, having worked with him so long- I think he is one of the best managers out there.
"How he hasn't kind of kicked on onto the Championship or Premier League yet is anyone's guess.
"But he joins an absolutely massive club in Ipswich, with a fantastic owner who's been doing it for a long time, and they're craving success.
"For Paul to go there, I have absolutely no doubt Ipswich will get success.
When asked if Cook has been in contact with him, Richardson said: "He's never stopped being on the phone to be fair, he's very conscious of the situation here. He's always been there for advice and his own thoughts on things, so that hasn't changed.
"Everyone's seen my commitment to Wigan, and there's a job to be done here.
"I don't think anyone can question anyone's integrity... so we'll see what happens."
While his side fell to the bottom of the table after their narrow midweek defeat to Charlton Athletic, Wigan are just three points adrift from safety with 14 games still left to play.
Richardson has assured the Latics supporters that his troops will not give up in the fight for survival in Sky Bet League One.
"We've been getting chipped away at for nine months now, on and off the field," he said.
'It's my job and it's everyone's job, to make sure all that doesn't affect us too much.
"And the biggest challenge we've got now is to ensure the morale in the group remains where it should be.
"In any sport, confidence is massive.
"You've got that extra bit about yourself, the extra calmness, which allows you to execute with an extra bit of quality.
"When you're scraping away, it's the old adage, but you don't get the decisions when you think you need them i.e Saturday, and you don't get those little breaks when you think you deserve them i.e tonight.
"Listen, that's where we are, and if anyone wants to give up, they are in the wrong business and in the wrong changing rooms.
"I don't think anyone is going to give up, not just yet, while we've got a fighting chance.
"Until it's mathematically impossible, we'll carry on- and I genuinely feel we'll be okay."