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Ex-Sligo Boss Paul Cook Takes The Reigns At Portsmouth

Ex-Sligo Rovers boss Paul Cook has taken over at Portsmouth following a successful stint at Chesterfield. 

According to The Guardian, Pompey ‘met a release clause in Cook’s contract,’ which meant he could leave the Spireites.

The 48-year-old has been tasked with turning around the fortunes of a club which has fallen from the dizzying heights of the Premier League just five years ago to struggling at the wrong end of League Two.

Under the stewardship of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust the club is on a firmer financial footing and now has the opportunity to work its way back up the footballing pyramid once more.

Despite this, on the pitch the club aren’t where they’d like to be, having finished in a lowly 16th position this season.

Paul Cook will look to improve on this and having brought his League One side to the play-offs this season, where they were beaten by Preston North End, the former League of Ireland manager certainly has proven his credentials as a winner.

In his time in Ireland Cook formed a formidable squad in the north-west, winning two FAI Cups and a League Cup, while many would also argue that the title win under Ian Baraclough in 2012 was largely down to the squad the former Accrington Stanley manager had put together before departing the Bit O’ Red.

Having brought Chesterfield up from League Two in 2013/14, Pompey look to have recruited the right man to take them to the next level.

Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena

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