Brown: Cook style can delight Pompey fans

New Pompey boss Paul Cook Picture: James Williamson
New Pompey boss Paul Cook Picture: James Williamson
  • Cook arrives at Fratton Park in a three-year deal
  • New boss earned a reputation for playing attractive football at Chesterfield

ASHLEY BROWN believes new Pompey boss Paul Cook can serve up a brand of football to delight the Fratton faithful.

The 48-year-old today signed a three-year deal after the Blues met a buy-out clause in his Chesterfield contract.

We have seen some frustrating games in the last couple of years, we want people to be excited when they come to Fratton Park

Ashley Brown

For the board it represented the successful capture of their number one target to fill a position left vacant by Andy Awford’s departure last month.

Pompey endured their lowest-ever Football League finish this term, while the previous year in League Two developed into a relegation battle.

Now Cook, a manager renowned for playing attractive, possession-based football, is on board.

And club and Trust board member Brown is optimistic the fans will be impressed by the playing style Pompey’s manager favours.

‘Paul is very well thought of across the game and we are confident he can take our club forward over the next few years,’ said Brown.

‘Chesterfield liked to move the ball around under Paul and that’s the sort of football we want to see at Fratton Park.

‘We have seen some frustrating games in the last couple of years. We want people to be excited when they come to Fratton Park, we want the stadium to be full and, hopefully, Paul is going to bring the right style of football to make that happen.

‘His football style wasn’t one of the key criteria which we identified, but it was certainly one of our overall considerations.

‘I think he was the outstanding candidate for every single one of the board, which made the decision process very easy.

‘We were looking for somebody who had experience in League One or League Two – ideally, if that person was also an up-and-coming manager who had the potential to take us higher than that it was a bonus. Paul certainly ticks both of those boxes.

‘Hopefully, this will give the fans the belief we are committed to making this football club a success and that will be reflected in season-ticket sales.

‘Most fans out there will see this as a positive step and are going to be excited about the football we want to be playing next season.’

Pompey were required to pay compensation worth around £150,000 to land their long-time target.

But Brown insists the club had no qualms over the outlay from its coffers.

He added: ‘Sometimes you have to pay a bit more to get the best people – that is what we have done here.

‘The important thing is we can afford it from our overall budget.

‘If Paul is successful, which I am sure he will be, we will be looking at increased revenues across the season and that will be an added bonus.

‘The key point is we can afford to take Paul on.’

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