BETTING: Paul Cook red hot favourite for Portsmouth job

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook remains the bookies’ favourite to be named the new Portsmouth manager.

Cook’s side will look to seal a top six place on Saturday when they take on champions Bristol City at the Proact Stadium in front of what is expected to be a sell-out crowd.

But reports on the south coast emerged Wednesday afternoon linking the 48-year-old with a move to the Fratton Park club after Andy Awford left the post last week.

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Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner told the Portsmouth News he wasn’t surprised of the rumours: “Whenever people lose their jobs, clubs are going to look to who is doing well. Paul Cook is doing extremely well.”

Cook, who was appointed Spireites manager in October 2012, has led the club to a League Two title and a Wembley final in the JP Trophy. He is also contracted to the club until the summer of 2017.

Yet Cook remains top of the bookies list for the Portsmouth hot seat at 11/4 with SkyBet. Phil Brown (3/1), Martin Allen (8/1), Neal Ardley (9/1) and Gary Waddock (12/1) make up the top five.

Sol Campbell, Ian Holloway, Neil Warnock, Darren Ferguson, Harry Redknapp, Teddy Sheringham and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink are also among the names for the Portsmouth job.