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Cook Not Settling For Second Best

26 October 2012

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Chesterfield yesterday appointed Paul Cook as their new manager, taking over from John Sheridan who departed in August.

The 45-year-old was delighted with the opportunity to manage Chesterfield, and although he will not take formal charge of the side until Monday, spoke very passionately about his ambitions for the club.

Cook insists that he will not settle for second best in anything he does and believes that players need to embrace that attitude in order to be successful.

Speaking to members of the press, Cook said: "I just think that the preparation for a game is important.

"I don't believe in last minute stuff. We must prepare properly, we must put all our hours in of training, of practicing, of getting our tactics right and how we're going to set up to play.

"Once we've done that preparation Saturday's the best day of the week for everyone. It's when people come to watch us play and it's when we earn our money."

Although Cook is famed for favouring attractive, attacking football, he was keen to stress that winning is the most important thing in football.

"Winning is what football matches are about. I think when you can win in style, you've cracked it," Cook said.

"We're certainly wanting to win first and foremost which is important, that won't change, but we are going to try and play attractive football and open teams up.

"If we can match them both together I think we can have great success.

"We're trying to win the league. People want to settle for second best, if we say we want to be in the top three and we finish fourth then we haven't achieved our goal.

"We've got so many points [left to play for] so we can win the league. There's a lot of league games left to play for and we want to win every single one, we want to be very competitive.

"That's the mentality the players have got to have, we can't settle for second best in anything we do. That's in the preparation, the work, the match, everything we do we must become winners."

Watch Paul's first interview as manager in full, as well as his press conference, on Spireites Player.

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