Spireites boss Paul Cook 11th longest serving manager in the Football League

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook
Chesterfield boss Paul Cook

Following Notts County’s dismissal of Shaun Derry on Monday, information came to light regarding the longest serving managers in the Football League.

Exeter City’s Paul Tisdale occupies top spot in the longest serving managers table of the 72 clubs, having been appointed manager of the League Two club in June of 2006.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook is 11th in the list, having spent almsot two-and-a-half years in post at the Proact Stadium after his appointed in October of 2012 with the club in League Two.

He has since guided Chesterfield to League One, via a Wembley appearance in the JP Trophy Final, and the Spireites remain among the pack for a play-off place this season.

Karl Robinson at MK Dons, Dean Smith of Walsall - who Chesterfield face on Saturday (March 28) - Jim Bentley at Morecambe and Phil Parkinson at Bradford City make up the top five.

Derry paid the price for a poor run of results that had seen Notts County win just once of their last eight matches after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to MK Dons.

County CEO Aileen Trew said: “This is without doubt one of the hardest decisions that we have had to make as a board because we know how much this club means to Shaun and Greg and we know how much hard work they had both put in during their time here. However, we have to make the decisions that we feel are in the best interests of the club and our perilous position in the table meant that we felt we needed to make a change.”

Derry had been in charge of Notts since November 2013 in what was his first managerial role and saved them from relegation last season.

They sat above the League One relegation zone on goal difference alone when he and assistant Gregg Abbott were dismissed from their post on Monday morning. Paul Hart has been put in interim charge of the Magpies.

None of the sides in the drop zone - Crewe, Leyton Orient, Colchester, Yeovil - mustered a win while Crawley pulled themselves out of the bottom four with their third consecutive win.

At the other end of the table, Preston took advantage failed to take full advantage of Bristol City’s involvement in the JP Trophy Final, where they beat Walsall, with a draw against Barnsley.

Swindon, MK Dons, Sheffield United and Peterborough United make up the top six ahead of the weekend’s fixtures. The Blades picked up two wins in the space of a few days over Port Vale and then Scunthorpe.

Tuesday’s results: Oldham 3 Rochdale 0; Sheff Utd 4 Scunthorpe 0.

Saturday’s Results: Barnsley 1 Preston 1; Bradford 2 Fleetwood 2; Coventry 1 Doncaster 3; Crawley 1 Leyton Orient 0; Crewe 0 Oldham 1; Gillingham 2 Colchester 2; MK Dons 4 Notts County 1; Peterborough 1 Chesterfield 0; Rochdale 3 Scunthorpe 1; Sheff Utd 1 Port Vale 0.