He may be in the opposite camp today, but Chesterfield boss Paul Cook is backing Tony Mowbray to bring the good times back to Coventry City.
Spireites take on the Sky Blues at the Proact, with City yet to win since Mowbray picked up the reins at the beginning of the month.
It’s been a tough few years for Coventry, where Cook spent a season and a half as a player, but a return to their own ground having been playing temporarily at Northampton at least lifted some of the gloom, though that positivity has failed to transfer to the pitch.
That cost Steven Pressley his job and former Middlesbrough, Celtic and West Brom boss Mowbray stepped in.
Cook remembers his time at the club fondly and he hopes that City fans will enjoy good times again soon, believing that when they do, Coventry will make huge strides forward.
“It was massive for me as a young lad to play in the Premier League for Coventry,” he said.
“In those days we were in Highfield Road and we’d regularly fill the ground and it was a great atmosphere playing against all the big teams.
“Coventry are a massive club, they’ve got great support and I really hope that Tony can pick them up again, it’s not good to see clubs like that going through what they’re going through.
“Whoever gets Coventry going again will really get them going.
“I hope it’s Tony and he the minute they get going they’ll go forwards at a rate of knots and I’ll be one of the most pleased people to see that.”
Chesterfield are back in action after a break, with their scheduled match against Bradford postponed last week due to the Bantams involvement in the FA Cup and Cook said there is a buzz in the Spireites camp again
He added: “We’ve had a good week training and we’re very much looking forward to the game.
“It’s a different place here in the last couple of weeks then it was previously, but that’s what results do for you.”