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"Proudest Moment" of Cook's Career

4 May 2014

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Paul Cook described Chesterfield's Sky Bet League 2 title win as the best moment of his career following the 2-1 victory over Fleetwood Town which sealed the championship for the Spireites.

After falling behind to Matty Blair's early strike, Chesterfield hit back with goals from Sam Hird and Gary Roberts during a four-minute spell early in the second half to seal the win that saw them crowned as champions. 

Speaking to Spireites Player in the aftermath of the title celebrations on the pitch, Cook said: "It's a very proud moment. It's the best moment of my career, without a shadow of doubt. We had a great day with a full house and the players getting beaten at half-time and then coming back to win the championship. To go up as champions is a fantastic achievement for the players, the chairman and the supporters."

Promotion had been the stated aim from the start of the season and Cook admitted to feeling a huge sense of relief after achieving the target. He said: "Sometimes I felt the pressure a little bit near the end of the season - I don't mind holding my hand up and saying that - because you've got to deliver. 

"When you've been up there and the expectancy is there, you worry about not delivering. We've got over the line and won the league and I'm very proud for the town of Chesterfield."

With a Player of the Year awards night at the Proact to look forward to and a short post-season trip overseas, the celebrations will continue. Attention will then quickly turn to firming up plans for life in Sky Bet League 1 next season. "We have to sit down now as a club and decide how we go forward," said Cook. 

"John (Sheridan) delivered amazing success with winning the league and winning at Wembley and we've tried to carry that on. Unfortunately, we couldn't win at Wembley but we managed to win the league and you've got to build the club. 

"If we can get stronger week by week and year by year, we've got a chance of being a really sound club. I think the chairman has given everyone that opportunity and we should all be very thankful to him. I've had amazing backing. I know it was a surprise appointment and in my 18 months here, I think I've repaid that. I think I've led the club forward."

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