Chesterfield boss Paul Cook is set to be named Portsmouth manager after the Fratton Park club triggered a £250,000 release clause in his contract, according to national reports.
Cook has long-been tipped as the successor to Andy Awford on the south coast despite Portsmouth having an official approach for the 48-year-old turned down by the Spireites hierarchy in April.
Speculation has continued to mount over his future though with the pull of a club still boasting an average home attendance of 16,000 and a £2.5 million squad budget for a side in League Two.
The former Sligo Rovers and Accrington Stanley manager, Cook, has guided Chesterfield to a Wembley final in the JP Trophy, League Two championship and a top six finish in League One in two seasons.
The Spireites’ season came to an end yesterday (Sunday, May 10) with defeat to Preston North End in the play-off semi-final second leg at Deepdale in a 3-0 defeat and 4-0 on aggregate.
Chesterfield’s assistant manager Leam Richardson could step up and such a move would ensure continuity within the club, while Rochdale’s Keith Hill, Walsall’s Dean Smith and Crawley’s Dean Saunders among the early front runners.