Pompey: We have been professional

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook
  • Board happy with their conduct in manager hunt
  • Chesterfield brand Blues ‘unprofessional’
  • Cook understanding of Pompey approach

POMPEY believe they have acted professionally in their managerial pursuit.

The race for the Fratton Park hot seat has gathered pace, with Chesterfield revealing an approach has been made for their boss Paul Cook.

Everything that the club does and I know this process will be exactly the same, is being done professionally.

John Kimbell

That’s after the highly-rated Cook emerged as a name on the Blues’ shortlist following a board meeting to discuss their options on Thursday.

The Spireites are furious with the timing of the approach ahead of the League One play-off chasers’ crucial clash with Bristol City today.

Chief executive Chris Turner yesterday branded the Blues unprofessional in the way they have acted.

But Pompey feel their behaviour has been right and proper as they go through the process of replacing Andy Awford.

Director and Pompey Supporters’ Trust board member, John Kimbell, refused to go into details of the search for the man to take the club forward.

But he explained the board are comfortable with how they are going about their business.

Kimbell said: ‘It was a good first meeting (on Thursday).

‘Appointing a new manager is a delicate process – we are never going to comment on individuals.

‘Everyone was there and everyone had prepared very well for it and been very considered in who they felt was the right person for the job.

‘Everything that the club does is done professionally – not just appointing a new manager – but from top to bottom.

‘Everything that the club does, and I know this process will be exactly the same, is being done professionally.

‘I don’t think there are any worries about that.’

Cook, yesterday, spoke for the first time since news of Pompey’s approach for him emerged.

He admitted he was ‘taken aback’ by the developments this week but his focus was staying trained on his side’s two remaining games.

Cook defended the Blues and was understanding of their position with no full-time manager in position.

He said: ‘From a Chesterfield point of view it’s strange, but Portsmouth don’t have a manager.

‘From a Portsmouth point of view they just want someone to pick up the reins and go.

‘Any club without a manager would be like that. Our focus is Chesterfield.’

Cook added: ‘In respect to Portsmouth, they haven’t got a manager.

‘If they’ve decided that I’m the man they want to go after, then what can they do? ‘What can I do? What can we change?

‘I don’t know what Portsmouth are going to do or what Portsmouth want to do.

‘If clubs come after me it can only be because I’ve been a good Chesterfield manager.

‘I don’t want to be disrespectful to Portsmouth I don’t want to be disrespectful to us. I just want to get in the play-offs. I just want to try and get promotion.’