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Paul Cook

Norwich Career: 1988-1989 (8 appearances)
Current Club: Portsmouth (Manager)
Date of Birth: 22/01/1967 
Nationality: English

Biography

Paul only had a brief spell at Carrow Road; joining the Canaries from Wigan in May 1988 for £73,000 and leaving for Wolverhampton Wanderers in December 1989. Faced with competition with Ruel Fox and Jeremy Goss on the right side of the Norwich midfield, Paul was limited to just eight appearances, four of which were as substitute.

After approximately 200 games for Wolves, Paul moved to the top flight with Coventry City. 37 appearances followed before a move down one division with Tranmere Rovers in March 1996 for £250,000. In October 1997 he joined Gary Megson's Stockport County for £250,000 and scored on his debut.

Paul joined Burnley on loan on 25th March 1999. Impressing in his 12 games for the Clarets, Cook eventually signed for Burnley in early July 1999 on a free transfer. By the end of the 2000/01 season, Paul had made 96 league appearances for Burnley scoring 7 goals. Paul spent December 2001 on loan to Wigan Athletic.

Returning to Burnley, Paul made many more appearances to take his total to almost 200 games. Out of contract at the end of the 2002/03 season, he announced in April 2003 his retirement from the professional game. He was persuaded otherwise by Accrington Stanley preparing for their first season in the Conference who signed him in late May 2003 Paul is now primarily working as a coach for Stanley and was part of their management team that led them to promotion to the Football League in April 2006 after 44 years away.

In June 2006, he was appointed as Southport's first ever full-time manager, replacing Liam Watson. He lasted in this role until 3rd January 2007, departing the club after a run of three straight defeats over Christmas 2006 left them bottom of the Conference. Cook's Southport had managed just four wins in the first half of the season.

Paul Cook was named as the new Sligo Rovers manager on April 27th 2007, taking over from Rob McDonald. He guided Sligo to a credible 6th place league finish in his first season. At the end of his second year (2008) he guided Sligo to fourth in the league and thus secured a UEFA Cup place.He departed in January 2009 by mutual consent but was re-appointed a few weeks later.

In his third season, under sever financial constraints, he guided Sligo to sixth place. In addition, Cook guided Sligo to the final of the FAI Cup which took place on the 22nd November 2009. Sligo lost 2-1 to Sporting Fingal despite holding a one goal lead with seven minutes remaining. His first silverware as Sligo manager came in September 2010, after a 1-0 win over Monaghan United in the final of the League Cup. In November 2010, he guided Sligo Rovers to win the 2010 FAI Cup Final, 2-0 in a penalty shoot-out against Shamrock Rovers

With successes like these, he was linked in January 2011 to the managerial vacancies at former clubs Burnley (along with Paul Lambert and Malky Mackay) and Stockport

He was also linked in October 2011 with the managerial vacancy at Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone but they could not agree terms. Steve Lomas was eventually appointed St JOhnstone's manager.

In February 2012, Paul returned to England to manage his former club Accrington Stanley.

On 25th October 2012, Paul quit Stanley to become manager of rivals Chesterfield. He led them to the League Two title in 2013/14.

In May 2015, Paul quit to take charge of Portsmouth (in League Two) despite taking Chesterfield to the League One play-offs (where they lost to Preston in the semi-final).

On 17th April 2017, Portsmouth secured promotion to League One with a 3-1 victory over Notts County.


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