Chesterfield have turned down an approach from Pompey for Paul Cook.
The Blues have targeted the 48-year-old to be their next manager.
Spireites chief executive Chris Turner yesterday told The News that they would fight to keep their highly-regarded boss.
And Turner has been true to his word, after admitting he rejected an approach for Cook from Pompey this evening.
‘I received a phone call from Portsmouth, asking for permission to speak to Paul Cook, which I turned down,’ said Turner.
‘We are trying to win promotion to the Championship via the play-offs and we will do all we can to keep Paul at the club.
‘Paul has been informed of the situation.’
Despite the League One side’s current stance, it is understood that Cook has a compensation clause in the contract he signed in February.
Pompey’s board earlier today met to identify the man to replace Andy Awford at the helm.