After much speculation and many names being thrown into the ring, Chesterfield Football Club has named their new manager and it’s one very familiar to Spireites fans.
After seven years away from the North Derbyshire club, Paul Cook has returned to the Technique Stadium.
The manager’s position became available when James Rowe parted company with Chesterfield by mutual consent after the 38-year-old was suspended pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct.
Now the club, who are chasing promotion back in the Football League, will have Paul Cook in the dugout for their remaining games in the National League.
It’s a return to a club where the former Ipswich Town boss, enjoyed the vast majority of his success, guiding the team to the League Two title in 2014, and runners-up in the EFL Trophy in the same season.
He guided Chesterfield to the League One Playoff semi-final the following season, losing to Preston North End, before departing the club to join Portsmouth, triggering a spectacular fall in the Spireites success which saw them suffer consecutive relegations, falling out of the Football League in 2018.
Since leaving Chesterfield, Cook spent two years at Portsmouth, three years at Wigan Athletic and just nine months at Ipswich Town before being sacked after a goalless draw at home to League Two side Barrow in the FA Cup.
Now the 54-year-old returns to the Spireites with the sole aim of regaining the club their Football League status.