COOKIE’S SPIRE­ITES WILL NOT CRUM­BLE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Pippa Field

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

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