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Paul Cook leaves Chesterfield to take over Portsmouth days after play-off defeat


League Two side Portsmouth have confirmed that Paul Cook has taken over at Fratton Park as the club's new manager.

The 48-year-old joins Pompey after an agreement was reached with Chesterfield to release him from his current contract.

Meanwhile, talks are ongoing with his assistant Leam Richardson about joining the Blues coaching team.

Since his appointment at the Proact Stadium in October 2012, Cook has taken Chesterfield to the League Two title in 2014 and into the League One play-offs this season.

He has previously had spells in charge at Southport, Sligo Rovers in Ireland and Accrington.

Cook saw his side defeated 4-0 on aggregate against Preston in the play-offs last week, with rumours of his departure circulating shortly after his side lost 3-0 on the day at Deepdale last Sunday.

Speaking to Pompey's official website, Cook said The new Blues boss said: “I’ll be moving down to Portsmouth and getting straight to work. I won’t be taking a break until I’m comfortable that things are in place – and there are a lot of things to sort out."

“But this a new beginning for everyone and I’m delighted to be named Pompey manager. I had a great two-and-a-half-year journey at Chesterfield and enjoyed my time there immensely."

“But being able to manage a massive club like this is something I’m very excited about."

“I want to steer this ship in the right direction, but a lot of hard work is needed because there is no magic wand in football.”

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