McInnes dazzled by ‘rising star’

Iain McInnes
Iain McInnes
  • Pompey name fourth manager since April 2013
  • Cook won the League Two title the last time he managed at that level

IAIN McINNES has hailed the ‘rising star’ he believes will excite Pompey’s supporters.

Paul Cook joined the Blues on a three-year deal on Tuesday after a buy-out clause in his Chesterfield contract was met.

Hopefully securing Paul, an acknowledged performer and highly-regarded rising star, demonstrates the board’s ambition

Iain McInnes

The 48-year-old represents the fourth permanent appointment since community ownership was secured in April 2013, following Guy Whittingham, Richie Barker and Andy Awford.

Pompey chairman McInnes and the other six members of the board have so far failed to identify the right manager to lift the club out of League Two.

Yet Cook comes highly-regarded and in 2013-14 won the title with the Spireites before taking them to the League One play-offs.

The Blues have had to be patient since pinpointing the ex-Wolves midfielder as their number-one target, securing him 19 days after their first approach.

And McInnes is convinced Cook has the credentials to succeed at Fratton Park.

He said: ‘Hopefully securing Paul, an acknowledged performer and highly-regarded rising star, demonstrates the board’s ambition and determined negotiation by the executive team to get the right man.

‘Often common denominators are crucial and, in this case, a yearning for success, stylish winning football and massive potential were the foundation for agreement which will undoubtedly resonate with and excite the fans.’

Whittingham was appointed boss in April 2013 – five days after the club was saved from liquidation.

He was replaced in November 2013 by Barker, for what would be an unsuccessful 20-game spell.

Awford, who took the role permanently in May 2014, left last month.