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COOK: A NEW BEGINNING

12 May 2015

Boss delighted to take charge at Pompey

Paul Cook is determined to help steer the Pompey ship back on course.

The 48-year-old has signed a three-year deal to take charge at Fratton Park after departing Chesterfield.

He led his former club to the League Two title last year before taking them into the League One play-offs this term.

But now Cook is ready to roll up his sleeves and begin the task of rejuvenating Pompey.

The new Blues boss said: “I’ll be moving down to Portsmouth and getting straight to work.

“I won’t be taking a break until I’m comfortable that things are in place – and there are a lot of things to sort out.

“But this a new beginning for everyone and I’m delighted to be named Pompey manager.

“I had a great two-and-a-half-year journey at Chesterfield and enjoyed my time there immensely.

“But being able to manage a massive club like this is something I’m very excited about.

“I want to steer this ship in the right direction, but a lot of hard work is needed because there is no magic wand in football.”

Cook is particularly looking forward to experiencing the backing of the Fratton faithful.

He said: “I’ve played against Pompey in the past and also managed against them, so know what the crowd are like.

“But I think everyone is aware of the fantastic fans here and we’ll do our best to give them a successful team.”

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