UPDATE: Spireites yet to receive approach from Portsmouth for manager Paul Cook

Oldham vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook - Pic By James Williamson
Oldham vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield have received no formal approach from Portsmouth or any other club for manager Paul Cook, the Derbyshire Times understands.

Cook has attracted interest in recent weeks for engineering the Spireites’ rise from mid-table to the verge of sealing a play-off spot in League One.

It comes off the back of a successful first full season at the Proact Stadium when he guided the club towards the League Two title and a Wembley final.

And it appears the former Sligo Rovers and Accrington Stanley manager’s emerging reputation in the game has travelled as wide and as far as the south coast.

Portsmouth parted ways with Andy Awford last week and a whole host of names have been linked with the Fratton Park hot seat, including Ian Holloway and Teddy Sheringham among others.

Cook remains firmly in the frame with the bookies despite signing fresh terms in February to stay at the Proact, along with assistant manager Leam Richardson, until the summer of 2017.

And, while the Portsmouth board draw up a short list of candidates to steer them out of League Two, Chesterfield continue their preparations for the visit of Bristol City on Saturday.

A sold-out Proact crowd is expected, with less than 300 tickets available (as of Thursday afternoon), for a match which could see the Spireites make one step closer to the Championship.

Pompey, meanwhile, make the journey to Field Mill to take on Mansfield Town.

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