Chesterfield have appointed Dean Saunders as their new manager.
He takes over from Paul Cook, who left for Portsmouth on Tuesday, and has been given a two-year contract.
It is a great opportunity as this is a club on the rise, run by good people, and I am inheriting a very good team from Paul Cook.
Taking over now gives me a full pre-season to make a fresh start, put my plans in place and work with the squad, which is a great position to be in.
The profile of the club has been raised in the last few years and there has been an impressive increase in attendances so it is an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get started.
When chairman Dave Allen and I met Dean, it was clear that he shared our vision for the future of the club. He has infectious enthusiasm for the job and he is in the enviable position of joining a club with solid foundations.
Dean Saunders is set to be appointed as the new manger of Chesterfield, ITV News understands.
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 are set to unveil their new manager today after Paul Cook left the club to join Portsmouth yesterday.
The Spireites' new boss will be unveiled at a press conference this afternoon.
Derbyshire Police say they are growing growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man from Chesterfield who went missing on his way to work last week.
Barry Shaw, 44, was last seen leaving his home in Hall View, on the morning of Friday, May 8.
He was due to catch a bus to where he worked in Sheffield but he never arrived there.
Mr Shaw is about 5ft 9ins tall and is described as being well built. He was wearing a green shirt, dark trousers and a coat that is red on the front and dark on the back. He may also have a tent with him.
Police are appealing for Mr Shaw, or anyone who has seen him, to contact them immediately.
Chesterfield have confirmed that manager Paul Cook has been released from his contract to join Portsmouth.
“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.
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 have missed out on a Wembley final after losing to Preston North End in their League One play-off semi-final at Deepdale.
The final score of the match was 3-0, with the overall score over both legs of the tie 4-0 to Preston.
Chesterfield had a strong first half, with plenty of attacking threat, but fell behind through Jermaine Beckford's strike.
It got worse in the second half when Joe Garner scored a penalty, after Chesterfield goalkeeper Joe Murphy brought down Daniel Johnson in the box.
Murphy had only signed for the Spireites yesterday on an emergency loan deal from Huddersfield.
And the victory was sealed when Jermaine Beckford scored from near the half way line, with a sublime lob into the corner of the net.
Chesterfield have a mountain to climb if they're to reach the League One play-off final, after they went in 1-0 down (2-0 on aggregate) at half time against Preston North End.
Despite plenty of attacking threat, Chesterfield fell behind thanks to Jermaine Beckford's strike.
Chesterfield will now have to score two unanswered goals to take it through to extra time, or three to win.
Chesterfield have lost 1-0 to Preston North End in the first-leg of their League One play-off semi-final.
Full time at the Proact. Chesterfield 0 - 1 Preston North End
Chesterfield are a goal down against Preston North End in the first-leg of their League One play-off semi-final.
Half time a a bustling Proact. Chesterfield 0 - 1 Preston North End