Cook’s Chesterfield successor named

New Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders
New Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders
Paul Cook celebrates winning the League Two title with Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Chesterfield have this afternoon named Dean Saunders as Paul Cook’s successor in the managerial hot seat.

Cook, who left the Spireites earlier this week – after leading them to the League One play-offs – to join Pompey, has been replaced in the role by 50-year-old Saunders on a two-year contract.

Saunders ended the season as interim manager of Crawley Town, although he was unable to prevent the Reds’ relegation to League Two.

Speaking to Chesterfield’s official website, chesterfield-fc.co.uk, Saunders said: ‘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.’