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Turner: "By Sunday afternoon we had already had 20-30 applicants"

2 December 2015

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Spireites chief executive Chris Turner spoke of the process the club will go through to appoint a successor after the club parted company with manager Dean Saunders on Saturday.

Turner stressed that it's important that the club are patient with finding a replacement: “I think it’s important for us to take our time. The chairman has mentioned time scales, but if the right man became available that we think is right for the job it will be as long or as short a process as it needs to be.”

He also said that the club has been inundated with applicants, and that the process to narrow them down into a shortlist will begin in due course: “By Sunday afternoon we had already had 20-30 applicants. 

“Some were new into management and some were experienced, and some, via their agents, are currently employed by other football clubs. There is an array of people and we’ve got to sift through them, draw up a shortlist, and then interview them.”

The chief executive also outlined what he wanted from a new manager, including the development of more youth players and re-discovering the players’ confidence. “We’ve got to bring somebody in that will bring confidence into the players.

“We’ve got some good young players, our youth system now is starting to produce players and our recruitment over the last three to four years has been excellent.” 

He continued, in relation to Saturday's FA Cup tie at home to also manager-less Walsall: “It would be good to have a cup run, we had a decent one last year ending with taking 6,000 fans to Derby County and we’d obviously like something like that to happen again.

“There’s a lot of experience in the interim management team we have at the moment and there’s no pressure on them as such. But I know all three of them, I know that they want to win every game. 

“Football has that habit of bringing up strange things but we’re open-minded about who the next manager is and while ever we’ve got an experienced interim team we’ll see how it goes.”

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