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'It Will Be A Special Day'

31 December 2012

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Paul Cook is looking forward to returning to Accrington Stanley, the club he left to join Chesterfield.

The 45-year-old only spent a short time at Accrington but managed to steer them to a 14th place finish last season. 

Cook is expecting a 'frosty reception' but insists that he has no regrets about moving to North Derbyshire.

Speaking to Spireites Player, he said: "I know I'll get a bit of criticism, a lot of fans there at the time couldn't understand why I was leaving and that's something I have to live with. 

"You make decisions in life and I know I've made the best decision and I am more than comfortable with the decision I made.

"We're here to win football games, it's my job, I really think that we've got some good players and I look at Accrington's squad and I look at our squad and I think to myself I know what dressing room I'd rather be in.

"That doesn't mean that Accrington won't beat us, it doesn't mean Accrington players won't give everything. It's my job to make sure that we're up for matches, we're organised, our tactics are right, our fitness levels are good and we turn up, because good teams always turn up, they don't always win but they always turn up."

Cook also finished his playing careers with Accrington and is very much relishing a return to a club that he still has a 'great fondness' for.

"It's a game I am very much looking forward to because I do have a lot of friends there. I know that people will give me stick, I know that I expect a frosty recption but I know there's a lot of people that know what I done for the club,  and I think once people within the club know what you've done you can sleep well at night," Cook told Spireites Player.

"It will be a special day, I've got a great fondness of the club. 

"They don't have the infrasturcture, the finicial clout, in my opnion, of any other team in the league. So when they are winning games it's a fantastic achievement.

"It's a special club Accrington it's got some people there, it'll be a good day but it will also be a sad day for me because I'll be going there to try and win a football game and unless I leave with three points I won't be very happy."

Watch the interview in full only on Spireites Player.

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