FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Is Paul Cook about to leave Chesterfield?

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

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook is attracting interest from Portsmouth, according to reports on the south coast.

Former Premier League side Pompey, 2008 FA Cup winners and beaten finalists in 2010, have apparently highlighted the 48-year-old as the man to replace Andy Awford who left earlier this month.

But Spireites chief executive Chris Turner has told the Portsmouth News that he and chairman Dave Allen are prepared to fight their corner over someone he regards as the “best manager in League One”.

Cook’s record at the Proact Stadium speaks for itself with a League Two title, JP Trophy Final already in the bag and the possibility of a return to Wembley with Chesterfield on the cusp of the play-offs.

“He is the best manager in the league and I would have thought clubs would be interested in Paul Cook, his record since arriving at this club is second to none,” Turner said.

“There has been no contact from Portsmouth and, as far as I know, Paul is happy to be here and doing a great job.

“We are delighted with him and are not surprised other clubs get linked with him. It was Wigan last week, it was somebody else the week before.

“Whenever people lose their jobs, clubs are going to look to who is doing well. Paul Cook is doing extremely well.

“I am pleased he does get linked with other jobs because it proves what a good job he is doing for us.

“However, he is under contract at Chesterfield and that is the way it is. Of course we would stand in the way if a club came in for him, we have got to fight our corner.

“We have a great manager working extremely well for us, we are successful. Besides, he has a good contract and as far as I know is happy here.

“There are teams in League One spending two or three times more money than we are – yet we are sixth in the league and one point behind Sheffield United.

“It is all about players and management and how they perform, and Paul’s record with us is excellent.”