Paul Cook returned to Chesterfield for a second spell as manager on 10th February 2022.
After a playing career that saw him make over 600 appearances, Cook instantly moved into management in 2006 with Conference side Southport. Unfortunately, it didn't work out and within a year he was relinquished of his duties.
Cook jetted off to Ireland, where he picked up the reigns with Sligo Rovers, enjoying a pretty successful tenure at the club - leading them into the UEFA Cup in his second year of full management. Eventually, Cook gained silverware, winning the League Cup Final, and then back-to-back FAI Cup Finals in 2010 and 2011, highlighting his credentials as an emerging manager.
However, at the beginning of 2012, Accrington Stanley were on the hunt for a new manager and with Cook's history with the club, he was interviewed for the post. Having helped Stanley get promoted to the Football League at the end of his playing days, Cook was offered the manager's post and duly accepted it.
But, before long Cook had ventured off to League Two rivals Chesterfield, with whom he led to the League Two title in 2014 and then into the play-offs the following season, before leaving for Portsmouth a year later.
He then won the League Two title with Pompey, and the League One title with Wigan. But lasted just 44 games at Ipswich.