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NEWS: Cook returns as Chesterfield manager

Paul Cook has been announced as manager of Chesterfield FC after seven years away from the Technique Stadium.

His second debut as manager will take place on Saturday when the Spireites make the trip to the Bob Lucas Stadium to take on Weymouth - a game where they could return to the top of the National League.

Cook spent almost three years at the club between 2012 and 2015 in which he guided the Blues to League One and almost to the Championship, via the play-offs.

The 54-year-old left for Portsmouth after the 2014/15 season, where he won another League Two title.

A spell at Wigan Athletic brought even more success for the former Chesterfield manager as he took the Latics to the League One title.

Cook continue to be a triumph in the Championship bringing pride back to Wigan but he left in 2020 after the club was relegated after having 12 points taken away due to administration.

Without his assistant, Leam Richardson, he made the move to Ipswich Town in March 2021. Unfortunately, a poor spell with the League One stricken Tractor Boys saw his reign end in November of the same year.

However, after James Rowe's contract was cancelled last week by mutual consent, rumours started to circulate about Cook being brought back in to have a crack at promotion from the National League.

The new Spireites manager will be assisted by Danny Webb, who took caretaker charge after Rowe was suspended last month.

Webb oversaw three games and came away with seven points. The last being the pulsating 2-2 draw away at Stockport County.

Chesterfield FC Chief executive John Croot commented on Cook's return: “We are delighted to welcome Paul back to the club. He enjoyed great success here previously and to secure someone with his impressive track record is a real coup.

“Paul was our number one target when we began our search for a new manager and we are sure that our supporters will share our delight that he has agreed to take the role.

“Danny Webb is looking forward to working with Paul as part of the new management team.”

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