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Chief Executive Hails Positive Year

7 January 2014

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Spireites chief executive Chris Turner believes the club has made strong progress through 2013 and is confident this will continue into the New Year.

In an interview with Spireites Player, Turner said: “From a year ago to today we’ve made great strides forward on the field. I think the style of football that we’ve played this season has been good to watch, results have been good, there’s been a good feeling inside the club and I generally believe that will continue into the new year.

“I think when you look back over 2013 we have been the 17th best team in England statistically. We also have the joint best defensive record in that period of time.”

The 55-year-old highlighted Chesterfield's ambitions for the 2013/14 season and the work it has taken to put the club in a position to achieve their goals. “We need to get into League 1 as quickly as possible and the board have supported Paul with the signing of Dan Gardner," explained the chief executive.

“The chairman and the board of directors have worked tremendously hard over a period of time to provide funds for the team. You have to fund your way to get out of this division.

“We’ve remained in the top three throughout the season. Yes, we would’ve liked to have been points ahead but I believe the playing squad we’ve got is strong enough to take us out of League 2.”

Chesterfield have not had a representative team in a reserve league this season but Turner outlined his desire to reintroduce a reserve squad at the Proact Stadium next year. 

He said: “From the start of next season, we’re going to reintroduce a reserve team. We’d like our young players to really be playing in our reserve team in a strong league.

“We want a young, ambitious, incentive based squad of players to take this club forward. Our development squads are getting stronger, are academy squads are getting stronger and if we reintroduce the reserve team next season then that will be beneficial.” 

Off the field, Turner revealed that club will soon announce a summer concert to be held at the Proact Stadium. “In the next seven days we are going to release details of a concert for the summer. We feel it’s going to be exciting and once again it’s showing that we’re proactive off the field of play regarding bringing revenues in.”

“We can’t just survive on gate monies and sponsorships. We’ve got to get more outside involvement, the concert’s a massive one for us and we’ve got one or two things on the go.”

To watch the full interview, log on to Spireites Player.

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