Dean Saunders was unveiled as the new manager of Chesterfield on Wednesday 13th May at a press conference attended by chairman Dave Allen and chief executive Chris Turner.
The appointment follows the departure of Paul Cook, who was released from his contract to join League 2 club Portsmouth following the Spireites’ play-off defeat to Preston last weekend.
Saunders had an illustrious playing career that saw him play for the likes of Liverpool, Aston Villa, Galatasaray and Nottingham Forest – as well as earning 75 caps for Wales. Since 2008, he has taken charge of Wrexham, Doncaster Rovers, Wolves and Crawley Town before joining the Spireites today.
The day began at 12 o’clock as the media assembled at the Proact Stadium for a press conference announcing the new manager. The speculation proved to be correct as it was Dean Saunders who entered the room, announced by Dave Allen as the manager of the football club.
A short statement from Mr Allen explained the decision and boldly stated that “we will get to the Championship, but we will do it the right way” before adding that he fully believes Saunders is the man to take Chesterfield there.
After answering a few questions, the three men then separated off to do interviews with the various members of the media – including the BBC, Sky Sports and Spireites Player.
Multiple area’s were discussed during the interviews – Dave Allen describing the departure of Paul Cook as “untimely”, explaining how he see’s Dean Saunders as the man that can develop the youth players into stars, as well as talking about the budget, the aims of the side next season and plenty more.
Meanwhile, Dean Saunders spoke of his excitement at joining “a club on the rise” and adding that he is inheriting an exciting squad that he already knows well, having watched videos of all the previous season’s games prior to his appointment. Finally, he stressed to the fans that the club “is in a good place” and that he needs time to put his own stamp on the club.
You can listen to FULL interviews with Dean Saunders, Dave Allen and Chris Turner over at CHESTERFIELD POST.
The afternoon came to an end with the obligatory scarf and shirt photos at pitchside – Saunders holding up a Spireites shirt with his name and the number 1 on the back to usher in a new era at the Proact Stadium.