Winning way of the boss who got his lines right

NDET 26-10-12 TW 9 CFC new manager Paul Cook
NDET 26-10-12 TW 9 CFC new manager Paul Cook
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Paul Cook is preparing to see his first action as Chesterfield manager this afternoon and the former Accrington boss, appointed on Thursday evening, likes what he’s seen so far.

“I watched training on Friday; it was very bright, very good,” he said.

When asked who’ll be in charge for the Barnet match he joked: “It depends on how the result goes! Tommy (Wright) and Mark (Crossley) will carry it on for the Barnet game.

“I’ll be here to help, oversee it and put input in and then pick it up on Monday morning.”

Cook came over as a winner, saying: “We’re going out to try and win the league, I won’t settle for second best. If we say we should be in the top three and come fourth, we haven’t achieved our goal.

“There are a lot of games left, there are a lot of points to be played for and we want to win every single one of them and be competitive.

“That’s the mentality the players have got to have.

“We can’t settle for second best in anything we do - the preparation, the work, the match, everything we do, we must become winners.”

Spireites chief executive Chris Turner said of the new man: “He had a tremendous playing career, playing for some top-flight clubs, and I think that’s important in his make-up.

“On the night we played Accrington, Dave Allen (chairman) and me were talking and we decided then that, if we were to go outside the club, Paul Cook was a man we would like to talk to. The football on that night, not the result but the way the team played, was good and then when we talked to him he was confident, saying how he approached the job.

“If we’d had a script about what we were looking for in a person to fit what we were looking for, I’d have thought he’d have stuck his hand in my pocket, read it and put it back because what he said ticked every box we were looking for at the time.”

The Spireites will be without wide-man Luis Boa Morte for this afternoon’s game. He picked up an injury in training yesterday while striker Marc Richards (hamstring) could be out for up to six weeks. The club are awaiting results of a scan on his injury.