CHESTERFIELD: Paul Cook excited by new challenge

Looking forward: Paul Cook is the new Spireites chief
Looking forward: Paul Cook is the new Spireites chief

PAUL Cook was officially appointed as Spireites new manager late yesterday and he’ll be formally unveiled at a press conference this afternoon.

Cook said: “I’m delighted to be the new Chesterfield manager. It’s a fantastic club with a great infrastructure and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

Chief Executive Chris Turner added: “Paul did a fantastic job in Ireland (with Sligo Rovers) and has done well with a very small budget at Accrington. He’s very hungry to succeed and hopefully the change of direction will bring success to the club.

“I’d like to thank Tommy Wright and Mark Crossley, who have done excellent jobs in very difficult circumstances over the last couple of months. I’m delighted that they are staying.”

Wright will revert to his role as assistant manager and will, in essence, be in charge for tomorrow’s home game with rock bottom Barnet.

With Mark Robson now in joint control with Edgar Davids, Barnet have picked up four points in their last two games, with clean sheets kept in both games.

Chesterfield, who’ve had Wright in temporary charge for the last thirteen games, five have been won and five drawn, will be looking to reverse a poor run of home form. Spireites have lost their last two games at the Proact and they drew the previous one, their last home win ironically being the 4-3 victory over Cook’s Accrington.

Marc Richards picked up a hamstring strain on his return to first team duties in the midweek loss against Fleetwood Town so will be absent once again. Keeper Tommy Lee (shoulder) is not quite ready for a return and Mark Allott (hamstring) also remains sidelined.

Cook Factfile

Aged 45. Born Liverpool.

Midfielder whose career lasted more than 20 years.

Played for nine clubs and his most appearances were for Wolves.

Had two spells in charge of Sligo Rovers, winning the Irish Cup twice.

Became Accrington Stanley manager in February.