Paul Cook: Portsmouth manager feels 'resurgence' regardless of season outcome

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook
Paul Cook guided Chesterfield to last season's League One play-offs

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook feels wherever his side finish in League Two this season, it will mark the start of a resurgence at the club.

Pompey sit sixth with five games remaining, still with an outside chance of securing automatic promotion.

Cook will be looking for a response at struggling York on Tuesday after a dramatic defeat by Plymouth at Fratton Park on Saturday.

"There's no time to wallow on what's happened," he told BBC Radio Solent.

Portsmouth have slipped six points off the top three and know their place in the play-offs is still uncertain.

But Cook, who took over the club in the summer of 2015 after leading Chesterfield to the League One play-offs, feels there should be plenty of optimism come the end of this season, regardless of the outcome.

"Once that league season finishes on 46 games, I will be quite happy," he added.

"It will be a campaign where our league position, for the first year for some time, will have gone upwards instead of downwards.

"I think that's always the start of a resurgence at a club."

Portsmouth were relegated from the Premier League in 2010 and then slipped through the Championship and League One in consecutive seasons before a Supporters' Trust takeover was secured in April 2013.

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