CHESTERFIELD: Spireites set to name new boss

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Spireites are today expected to name Paul Cook as their new permanent manager.

Chesterfield were given the go-ahead to speak to Cook last night after agreeing compensation with Accrington Stanley.

Cook, aged 45, took over the Stanley hot-seat from John Coleman. Prior to that, Cook had a five-year spell in Ireland with Sligo Rovers which followed on from a short time with Southport which was preceded by a spell on the coaching staff at Accrington, where he finished his playing career.

A classy midfielder in his playing days, he played in the Premier League for Coventry City as well as having spells with the likes of Wigan, Wolves and Burnley. He likes his teams to play passing football.

Stanley lost 4-3 at the Proact Stadium this season but won many plaudits for their style of play despite their relatively miniscule budget. Sligo similarly were renowned for their style, though Cook did lead them in to Europe and to three knock-out competition wins and he helped develop Seamus Coleman who subsequently moved on to Everton.

Caretaker Tommy Wright and his assistant Mark Crossley are both expected to remain vital parts of his Spireites backroom team. The popularity in the squad of the duo was clear as the entire team ran to the dugout to celebrate Tendayi Darikwa’s cracking equaliser against Fleetwood on Tuesday, though the visitors went on to nick all of the points.

Wright is likely to pull most of the strings for Saturday’s home game against bottom side Barnet, for whom Edgar Davids has featured in their last two games, with Cook observing.

Key striker Marc Richards, who lasted just a couple of minutes on his comeback from injury on Tuesday, picked up a hamstring strain and is set to be out for at least two more weeks, so one of Cook’s first jobs may be to bring in a temporary replacement.