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Wright Hoping To Outfox Mills

7 September 2012

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Chesterfield caretaker manager Tommy Wright will be looking to outfox his old friend Gary Mills this Saturday, when the two lock horns for the first time as managers as the Spireites take on York City at Bootham Crescent.

The duo both enjoyed successful spells with Leicester City from 1989 onwards and the Mistermen boss won promotion to the FA Premier League with the Foxes in 1994. Mills went onto make 200 appearances for the East Midlands-based club, while our very own Wright played 129 times during his time at Filbert Street.

The two both played in the club's first play-off final defeat to Blackburn Rovers under Brian Little and lock horns for the first time in the dugout this Saturday.

"Gary has done a fantastic job there," Wright said about his former team-mate.

"He won the double last year and at any level, to win promotion and a cup is fantastic. He's a good friend of mine. I've seen York play a few times, they'll try and pass it at a high tempo and they'll work hard.

"They'll defend as a unit, so it'll be difficult. But we're on an upward trajectory now, we've had a good win and everybody is positive so we can go there and get a result."

50-year-old Mills clinched the European Cup during his time at Nottingham Forest and began his managerial career with Grantham Town. He later went on to manage the club over the river Trent, Notts County, but couldn't prevent the Magpies from sliding into League Two and was subsequently relieved of his duties.

He faired much better at Bootham Crescent, however, guiding City to an FA Trophy and Play-Off Final success at Wembley to send the Mistermen back to the Football League after an eight-year absence. York defeated the much-fancied Rotherham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last time out courtesy of Matty Blair's strike 10 minutes from time, but in spite of winning three successive games Wright is confident his side can get a result.

"Their result during the week was impressive," he added.

"Not many teams will go to Rotherham and beat them because they're a good side and they get good crowds. I'm sure Gary was delighted with that. I think they've got a bit of momentum from promotion, they've got belief which can carry on to the next season and that's stood them in good stead.

"We're going there to win it. I think we can win any game that we play in this league. We went to Gillingham and could easily have won that and they were top of the league. We beat Oldham from a higher league and they had just beat Portsmouth.

"We're going there full of optimism, but we know it will be a difficult game. They're full of confidence, it will be a high tempo game i'm sure of that and we've got to be ready for it and if we're not, we won't win. Simple as that."

You can catch Tommy's full interview exclusively on Spireites Player.

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