SPIREITES: ‘Paul Cook can handle the Pompey heat’ - Kevin Ball

Paul Cook gives Chesterfield fans the thumbs up
Paul Cook gives Chesterfield fans the thumbs up
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Paul Cook will be able to handle the expectancy at Portsmouth, says former Burnley team-mate Kevin Ball.

Cook, the man who led Chesterfield to the League One play-offs, is expected to be confirmed as the new Pompey manager today (Tuesday, May 12).

And Ball, who played with Cook at Turf Moor for two years, has backed the former Sligo and Accrington boss to make an impact at Fratton Park.

“The stature of Portsmouth is bigger than Chesterfield,” Ball told the Portsmouth News. “If you look at where the club is, though, you could argue it’s the other way around.

“Chesterfield are a good, well-organised club but Paul will see it as a challenge and a nice step up.

“The expectation will be higher – but he’ll love that and thrive on that. He’ll enjoy that expectation.

“Portsmouth are a club close to my heart and I’ll always have a soft spot for them. I feel Paul is a good man to take them forward.”

“Paul’s very passionate about what he does and the people of Portsmouth want to see a manager who displays that.

“He’ll not suffer fools, but the players will enjoy working under him. He’s shrewd and astute. He’ll be good for Portsmouth.

“I’ve enjoyed watching his teams play, and can see why they play like they do having played alongside him.

“He was a gifted footballer and, when I watched Chesterfield, he played a certain way. It’s up to the players now to buy into what he wants to do.”