Chesterfield: Happy Cook thanks Spireites hierarchy after extending deal

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Chesterfield boss Paul Cook has paid tribute to the Spireites board after signing a new one-year contract extension.

Cook, whose previous deal was due to expire next year, is now contracted until the summer of 2017, as is his assistant Leam Richardson.

The Liverpudlian joined the Spireites in October 2012 and has overseen the club’s rise from League Two as champions in 2013/14 and their stabilisation in League One during the current campaign. Chesterfield, who sold top scorer Eoin Doyle to Cardiff City on Monday, are currently fifth in the table.

“Along with the rest of the coaching staff, I was brought in to do a job and in football it’s always a difficult job in an ever-changing world,” said the 47-year-old.

“I’ve been here now for two years and four months and I think I’m in the top 20 longest-serving managers, which is quite amazing.

“I’d just like to thank the chairman, Chris [Turner], the board of directors and all the supporters for all the faith they’ve shown in me.”

Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner said: “It’s important that we keep this project going forwards. After the developments of the transfer window, where we brought in five new players and Eoin [Doyle] left the club, we’re showing that everything’s positive at the club.

“In the two and a half years that Paul’s been here, the progress has been there for all to see. Out on the field of play we’re fifth in League 1, challenging for a play-off spot and we’ve just sold our first million pound Chesterfield player.

“For the first time in a long time there’s a very positive and bright looking future in front of us.”

Spireites’ thoughts now turn towards a key game at Notts County on Saturday. County were in the promotion shake-up a few weeks ago but Shaun Derry’s team have won just once in eleven outings, a run which has seen them tumble from fourth spot in mid-November to 13th. They lost 3-0 at Oldham last weekend.