COOKIE’S SPIREITES WILL NOT CRUMBLE
WITH Chesterfield ripping up trees in League One, it is no surprise that boss Paul Cook is a man in demand – but chief executive Chris Turner is adamant the 48year-old is going nowhere.
The Spireites have defied the odds to give themselves a fantastic chance of promotion to the Championship, with Cook a key reason behind their success.
League Two Portsmouth, who parted company with previous boss Andy Awford earlier this month, had an approach for him turned down this week but the timing of the request has angered Turner.
“It’s very disturbing at this time of the season,” he said. “We do not want Paul to leave, we want him to stay.
“We’re in the greatest position Chesterfield have been in for 30-odd years and it’s very annoying. But it’s football, and they’ve asked for permission and we’ve refused it and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the end of it.
“I’ve informed Paul of the situation. He’s done a great job for us and I’m not surprised that clubs will be interested in him, but the timing of it is questionable.
“Paul is 100 per cent committed to the cause and we’ll make sure it doesn’t interfere with anything.”
APPROACH: Paul Cook