Portsmouth boss Paul Cook linked with a shock return to Chesterfield

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 11 January 2017, 14:20

A new, yet familiar, name has been propelled into the frame in the Next Chesterfield Manager Market as former Spireites boss Paul Cook emerges as a surprise contender to return to his old stomping ground.

Cook, who oversaw 145 Chesterfield matches between 2012 and 2015, has this afternoon (Wednesday) been cut from 16/1 to 4/1 (Sky Bet) to make a shock return to the Proact Stadium.

Cook memorably led Chesterfield to the League Two title (2013/14), before finishing in an impressive 6th place (League One play-offs) the following season.

However, he then opted to switch dugouts over to League Two side Portsmouth in May 2015.

Under Cook Pompey lost out in the play-offs last term, while they are currently up in 4th, four points off the three automatic promotion places.

But now, could the 49-year-old be set to boomerang back to Chesterfield?

The Spireites are currently managerless following their decision to sack Danny Wilson last Sunday after a 2-0 defeat to Bradford City.

The likes of Neil Redfearn, Dean Holden, Gary Caldwell and Justin Edinburgh have all been linked with the third-tier side, but the abrupt appearance of Cook in the betting market will no doubt raise a few eyebrows.

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