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Chesterfield sack Saunders

Dean Saunders had only been in charge for six months Credit: PA

Chesterfield have sacked manager Dean Saunders.

The former Doncaster Rovers boss only appointed in May, but the club are 16th in the table after Saturday's 4-0 home defeat by Swindon Town.

The Welshman lost 11 of his 20 league games in charge, and the Spireites are only four points above the relegation zone.

The club thanked Saunders for his efforts and added:

We will not be rushed into making a decision on a new manager.

– Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen

Spireites sign premiership player for undisclosed fee

Chesterfield have signed Liam O'Neil from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee.

Liam O'Neil Credit: Nigel French/PA Archive/PA Images

O,Neil, 22, who can play in defence or midfield, has made five Premier League appearances.

Liam is a young player who has played in West Brom's first team. He's exactly what we want - a midfield player who can also play at the back, if required.

"He's one for the future for us, having been tracked by the club for two-and-a-half years. We were going to loan him but we've managed to sign him permanently, which is great for the long-term future of the club."

– Spireites manager Dean Saunders

O'Neil made 22 appearances in League One last season while on loan at Scunthorpe United.

The length of the contract signed by O'Neil has not been disclosed.

O'Neil admits that he cannot wait to get started. He said: “ I want to get some experience and develop as a player and I think I’ll be able to do that here. I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited."


Spireites land Spanish midfielder

Chesterfield have signed experienced Spanish midfielder Angel Martinez.

Angel Martinez Credit: Press Association

Known simply as 'Angel', the 29-year-old flew in to watch yesterday's game at Sheffield United and has now agreed a two-year contact.

He was previously with Millwall and Blackpool after starting out at Espanyol in his native country.

"We've been waiting and waiting to sign him. He's got good pedigree having played at Espanyol and been capped by Spain at under-21 level.

"He's good on the ball and he knows the central midfield position. With his experience of English football, I'm sure he'll make us better."

– Dean Saunders, Chesterfield manager

Angel's signing comes soon after the capture of Lee Novak who was signed on a season-long loan from Birmingham City and made his debut in Saturday's tw-nil defeat at Sheffield United.

Spireites sign Championship striker

Lee Novak (right) with Chesterfield manager Dean Saunders

Chesterfield have signed striker Lee Novak from Championship side Birmingham City on a season-long loan.

Spireites manager Dean Saunders is delighted that his patience has paid off:

“I’ve been waiting and waiting and monitoring the situation regarding Lee since the day I arrived here. I knew I had to wait until after the first couple of games before other managers showed their hand about their squad.

“Birmingham have done us a good deal and he can only add to what we’ve got. Lee works hard, he’s strong in the air and he scores so he can only add to what we’ve got. He’s got a great attitude and he gives us another option in attack.”

Novak admits he cannot wait to get started. He said: “When I spoke to the gaffer yesterday, he wanted me in straight away and I couldn’t wait to come in. “I’ll give everything and I’ve scored quite a few goals at League One level. I want to help the club go up.”

– Spireites manager Dean Saunders

Novak, 26, joined Birmingham from Huddersfield Town two years ago. He scored 34 goals in 89 league starts for the Terriers and helped them win promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.


Spireites sign Bermuda international

Chesterfield have signed Bermuda international striker Rai Simons from non-league Ilkeston Town.

Credit: Tina Jenner

Simons has signed a two-year deal and Spireites manager Paul Cook is delighted to have clinched his signature.

Cook said: "Rai is someone we have tracked for a while. We feel that he will develop as time goes on and have a bright future."

After agreeing a two-year deal at the Proact, Simons said: "I'm excited because I've been looking forward to this moment since moving to England at the age of 15. The set-up sounds brilliant and it is everything I could ask for."

Chesterfield boss Cook extends contract

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has signed a one-year extension to his contract.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook extends his contract Credit: Press Association

Cook, whose previous deal was due to expire in 2016, is now tied to the club until the summer of 2017, together with his assistant, Leam Richardson.

Cook joined the Spireites in October 2012 and has overseen the club's rise from League 2 as champions in 2013/14 and their stabilisation in League 1 during the current campaign.

The contract extension comes in the wake of the January transfer window, which saw the Spireites bring in five new players and sell striker Eoin Doyle to Championship side Cardiff City for a seven-figure fee.

Cook is delighted to commit his future to the club given the volatile nature of football management.

Along with the rest of the coaching staff, I was brought in to do a job and in football it's always a difficult job in an ever-changing world. I've been here now for two years and four months and I think I'm in the top 20 longest-serving managers, which is quite amazing. I'd just like to thank the chairman, Chris [Turner], the board of directors and all the supporters for all the faith they've shown in me. We feel we have a very strong unity here together as a club. Any manager will be clamouring for time, but in football today we don't get that. The club is very important to us all. Loyalty in football now is a very hard thing to come across and as a manager or a player I think you need to show that.

– Paul Cook, Chesterfield manager
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