‘I don’t like to see this club where they are at the moment, I hope they can take the first step back’

Chesterfield FC v Wigan, Paul Cook
Chesterfield FC v Wigan, Paul Cook

Paul Cook says he’s disappointed with where former club Chesterfield find themselves in the English footballing pyramid but hopes they’ll bounce back under Martin Allen.

The popular ex Town boss brought his Wigan Athletic side to the Proact tonight for Tommy Lee’s testimonial.

A fesity game, with plenty of crunching tackles from both sides, ended 1-1.

Cook enjoyed his return to a place where he tasted glory, with a League Two title and a run at the League One play-offs.

“It’s always nice for players and managers to come back to places like this where you’ve had success and the people here show their appreciation,” he said.

“I don’t like to see this club where they are at the moment - it’s a great club, you only have to look at the facilities.

“I certainly wish them well for the future, and I hope they can take the first step back this year.”

Also making their returns were ex Spireite favourites Gary Roberts and Sam Morsy.

Combative midfielder Morsy was involved in a number of his trademark tussles and clearly relishing the game.

But Cook is looking after his World Cup star to ensure he’s fully fit for the Championship kick-off.

“Everyone knows what a competitive lad Sammy is.

“We brought him off after 70 minutes - he wanted to stay out there.

“It’s a situation we have to manage, because we want him to be ready for the first game of the season - and he will be.”