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Chris Turner Interview

22 July 2014

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Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner spoke to Spireites Player about the squad and the financial situation at the club ahead of the new season.

Speaking with reference to the comments of club chairman Dave Allen, published yesterday, the chief executive explained why the club has been relatively quiet in the transfer market so far this summer.

Turner said: "We had hoped to increase the budget this season for the players' salaries, but unfortunately one or two things have hit us that financially were disappointing. The playing budget will remain the same as what it was last season.

"We've given Paul Cook full support from day one since he's been here, and it's all been very positive and has taken this club forward. The players who were signed last summer will most definitely be able to more than hold their own in League 1."

Turner also spoke about the current playing squad, saying that the club is under no financial pressure to sell any of the star players.

He said: "We're like every football club in that every player has a price, but we are not looking to sell any of our players and we don't want to sell any of our players. If there were any bids for any of the younger players at our club then we'd have to seriously look at it, but it won't be to the detriment of the squad. We're not actively looking to sell anybody and we don't have to sell anybody."

Over the coming few days the Spireites will test their mettle at the Proact Stadium against two big clubs in Leeds United and Aston Villa, challenges that Turner is looking forward to.

He said: "On Saturday we're starting to become a little more serious. It's at home, Leeds are going to bring a big crowd, they've sold nearly 2,000 tickets so far, and it's going to be a great occasion.

"I'm really excited, going into the season there's a buzz about the players and the management team and we're looking forward to getting into League 1. Saturday is really what I'd call our first pre-season game and I'm sure Paul's going to play the strongest team available. It will be a team he feels has a good shape to it and he's starting now to think about Leyton Orient coming up in a few weeks time."

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