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Dean Saunders appointed as new Chesterfield manager

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.

– Dean Saunders

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.

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield chief executive

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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 miss out on Wembley final

Chesterfield have missed out on a Wembley final after losing to Preston North End in their League One play-off semi-final at Deepdale.

Chesterfield's Sam Morsy on a run Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

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.

Joe Murphy trips the Preston midfielder Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

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Chesterfield have mountain to climb in play-offs

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.

Chesterfield's Sam Clucas challenges for the ball Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

West Ham manager defends Pearson over ostrich rant

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has defended Leicester counterpart Nigel Pearson after he was branded a bully for abizarre press conference in which he labelled a journalist "an ostrich".

Allarcye and Pearson worked together at Newcastle. Credit: PA

Pearson received widespread disapproval for his barb at a reporter following the Foxes' 3-1 defeat to champions-elect Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday night.

But Allardyce, who employed Pearson as part of his backroom staff at Newcastle, said:

When you are down there dealing with the pressures that come upon in terms of staying in the Premier League, I think it is a huge pressure for everybody to continue to work under that situation and come through it," he said.

What surprises me is this condescending attitude about what should happen to Nigel that I have been hearing about this morning. People have been talking about bullying and stuff like that - what a load of rubbish. It's an outburst. Simple as that, plain and simple.

But I listen to the world of the media and sometimes it really does baffle me what they come out with in terms of what he should or shouldn't be doing.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
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