Favourites for the League Two title, with a new manager and 18 new signings, Bolton’s defeat to Forest Green on the opening day of the season has raised eyebrows around the lower leagues.
After successive relegations and a spell in administration, Whites fans are desperate to see the good times return to their club.
And, given time, Cook reckons Ian Evatt will be able to galvanise his group of players in order to challenge for promotion.
“I think again now they bottomed out now in relation to where they’ve been free falling,” he told the EFL on Quest show.
“They’re now in with new ownership, they’re starting the season without a points deduction, they’re now starting the season probably with Salford as everybody’s promotion favourites really.
“With that brings an expectancy and a pressure.
“Ian Evatt, who’s done an outstanding job at Barrow, he’s come in there now and he’s put a completely new team together and a new squad.
“There’s some big signings for the level in (Antoni) Sarcevic and Eoin Doyle.
“It won’t happen overnight, they’re got to work together, they’ve got to build relationships up on the pitch that takes a period of time, and I do expect them to then get into their stride.”