Pompey to pass their way out of League Two

Pompey manager Paul Cook will employ an attacking, passing style of football at Fratton Park next season

Pompey manager Paul Cook will employ an attacking, passing style of football at Fratton Park next season

Christian Burgess. Picture: Joe Pepler

Defender’s Pompey League One promotion promise

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Passing football will get Pompey promoted next season.

That is the verdict of new boss Paul Cook, who has vowed to stick to his footballing principles with the Blues.

The 48-year-old led Chesterfield to the League Two title in 2014 with an attractive, attacking style of play.

And the Scouser, who favours a 4-2-3-1 formation, also took the Spireites to the League One play-offs this term by playing in the same manner.

Speaking at this afternoon’s press conference to crown his official Pompey unveiling, Cook sees no reason why the Blues cannot find success in the same methods.

But the new man at the helm has called on the Fratton faithful to play their part as he targets a season to remember.

Cook said: ‘I demand hard work. People said Chesterfield couldn’t pass their way out of League Two.

‘We did. And I will do the same here.

‘I am looking forward to working with the players.

‘If they put in the hard work Monday – Friday, then Saturday should be their theatre.

‘We need to get the stadium vibrant and intimidate people.’

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