Portsmouth will see off any interest and hold onto Paul Cook, at a time when his success at Fratton Park will be interesting other clubs throughout the English Football League. But Cook would ‘never leave’ due to his commitment to Pompey, according to The Portsmouth News.
On the 12th May 2015, Cook left Chesterfield to join Portsmouth, and after an unfortunate end to the 2015/16 season, being knocked out in the semi-final leg by Plymouth Argyle on a 3 – 2 aggregate score, his second season in charge has been a huge success.
However, credit to the board they stuck by their manager, supported him in the 2016 summer transfer window in an attempt to mount another promotion push, which Cook achieved in an inspiring fashion.
On the 4th February, Portsmouth was 14 points off the summit of Sky Bet League Two. However, after their emphatic 6 – 1 win against Cheltenham Town at Fratton Park on the last day of the season, Doncaster Rovers falling off form and Plymouth unable to seize the opportunity, on the last day of the season Pompey’s final result allowed them to occupy the top spot for the first time all season, and that was all what was required to become champions of the league.
With such an impressive performance and managerial success by Paul Cook at Portsmouth, there is no doubt that clubs will start looking towards poaching the Fratton Park manager, especially with a possible takeover which could involve new owners selecting their own man.
However, Cook has spoken to The Portsmouth News and has made clear that he will never leave Pompey as long as he wanted.
‘I will not seek to move anywhere. If I was to get offers from any clubs higher than Pompey, that doesn’t matter to me.
‘I would love to continue managing this club, I will not leave this club unless it was for a reason why the club wanted me to leave.
‘I would never leave this club. I love the club, I love managing the club, it’s a fantastic club. For my future, I want to be here. If I’m not here then it will be only because Pompey don’t want me here.
‘It won’t be because any other club in the country had come in for me – except Liverpool. I have to tell you, I would find it very hard to get rid of Liverpool!
Cook went on to say that he is willing to sit down with any new senior management or board, in relation to the prospect of the former Disney CEO, Michael Eisner, taking over by the time Portsmouth begin playing Sky Bet League One football.
‘In my time I will sit down with whatever board. If my future is not here then so be it, I only want Portsmouth to do well.
‘I am not a manager with an agenda, I don’t have that edge where I am wanting people to fail, life is too short for all that.
‘Football clubs live for beyond each of our lifetime’s and this club will go on. No-one will keep this club down when you have support like we have, no-one will keep it down.