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League Two

Cook up for Chesterfield challenge

25 October 2012

Chesterfield have confirmed Paul Cook as their new manager.

Cook has left npower League Two counterparts Accrington to take over at the Proact Stadium, where he has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The Spireites were given the go-ahead to speak to Cook on Wednesday night after agreeing a compensation package with Stanley for the former Sligo Rovers boss.

Cook spent Thursday in negotiations with the Derbyshire club and the 45-year-old will be officially unveiled at a 1pm press conference on Friday.

Chesterfield have been without a manager since John Sheridan was relieved of his duties on August 28.

Tommy Wright has been in caretaker charge since Sheridan's exit but five wins, including a 4-3 victory over Cook's Accrington side last month, from 13 games has not been enough for the Scot to land the job on a permanent basis.

He and coach Mark Crossley will remain part of the backroom team under Cook.

"I'm delighted to be the new Chesterfield manager," said Cook in a Chesterfield statement. "It's a fantastic club with a great infrastructure and I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

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