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Reports: Dean Saunders set to be appointed new Chesterfield manager

Dean Saunders is set to be appointed as the new manger of Chesterfield, ITV News understands.

Dean Saunders Credit: Press Association

The former Bradford City and Sheffield United striker will replace Paul Cook, who was released from his contract by Spireites on Tuesday to take over at Portsmouth.

Cook guided Chesterfield to the League One play-offs, where they lost to Preston.

The club have called a news conference for midday to announce Saunders' appointment.


Chesterfield confirm Paul Cook is leaving for Portsmouth

Chesterfield have confirmed that manager Paul Cook has been released from his contract to join Portsmouth.

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“I would like to thank Paul for the fine job he has done as manager of Chesterfield and wish him well for the future,” said chief executive Chris Turner.

“I could not have wished for a better working relationship than the one I have enjoyed with Paul over the last two-and-a-half-years and there is nobody more disappointed than me to see him leave.

“We will be looking to appoint Paul’s successor as soon as possible and the incoming manager will be in the enviable position of inheriting a strong squad.”

I’d like to place on record my thanks to Chris, chairman Dave Allen and the rest of the board for giving me the opportunity to manage such a great club. I’d like to thank the staff in all departments of the club for everything they have done during my time at the club. Most importantly, I’d also like to thank the players, who have been fantastic, both on and off the pitch. Finally, thanks to the fans for their superb support.

– Paul Cook

Cook, who joined Chesterfield from Accrington Stanley in October 2012, guided the Spireites to the League Two title in 2014 and the League One play-offs this season.

Assistant-manager Leam Richardson has also left the club. Richardson said: “I echo the manager’s sentiments and would like to thank everyone at the club, from the chairman and chief executive down, together with all the players, past and present. Thanks also to the fans for their tremendous support.”

Chesterfield defender was 'punched, kicked and spat at' by Preston fans

Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt has accused Preston fans of punching, kicking and spitting on him during the pitch invasion which followed the club's Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final defeat at Deepdale.

Chesterfield's Ian Evatt is restrained after he reacts to an alleged punch after the game Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

The Spirerites lost 4-0 on aggregate and Preston fans celebrated their first trip to Wembley in 21 years by pouring onto the pitch at the final whistle. During those scenes, Evatt, a former defender for Preston's bitter rivals Blackpool, has claimed that he was attacked and has called on those responsible to be "locked up".

Writing on his Twitter account, Evatt said: "To be attacked on a football pitch and fear for your safety is an absolute disgrace I was punched kicked and spat on several times #disgrace."

He then wrote: "Sky sported (sic) have given clear video footage to police and I hope those responsible are locked up !!"

Chesterfield assistant Leam Richardson also condemned the alleged scenes and insisted Evatt's previous allegiances with Blackpool were no excuse for what occurred.

"I think it's a disgrace personally," said Richardson. ""He did not react, categorically not. He never reacted. He was surrounded by a few thousand but he's conducted himself very well.'

Chesterfield also confirmed that Evatt had provided Lancashire Police with a statement following the game, while Preston had no comment

Fans invade pitch Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire/Press Association Images


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."

Weightlifting husband and wife duo lift British titles

Now for many people getting older is a chance to take life a littler easier and put their feet up.

But for husband and wife Eric and Lynn Dolman from Tupton, near Chesterfield, that's not for them.

Instead the dynamic duo have just won a British title each.

So what have they been doing? Well it involves heavy metal, lycra and their converted garage.

Martin Fisher went to meet them:

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