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Chris Turner on Transfer Deals

4 February 2015

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After a frenetic close to the transfer window for the Spireites, chief executive Chris Turner discussed the incomings and outgoings at the Proact Stadium.

Striker Eoin Doyle was the only player to leave the club during January, completing a seven-figure move to Championship side Cardiff City late on Monday evening.

Coming in the opposite direction was Mani Dieseruvwe on a permanent deal and Calaon Lavery, Mark Duffy and Ashley Carter on loan moves, following on from striker Byron Harrison who joined the Spireites from Cheltenham Town last week.

Turner talked through the circumstances that lead to Doyle's move to the Championship.

He said: "Once Eoin this season had knocked up 15 goals it was pretty obvious that there would be a lot of interest in Eoin in the January window and it would be very difficult to keep hold of him.

"Lots of clubs looked at Eoin over a period of time, but we only had three offers yesterday [Monday]; one from another club and two offers from Cardiff.

"We turned two offers down and we eventually accepted a fee of a million pounds plus for Eoin Doyle. This is a player who walked through our door on a free transfer and this season he's excelled beyond anyone's wildest dreams.

Turner also expanded on the change in the mindset at the club, one that is seeing the Spireites start to develop players coveted by other clubs.

Turner said: "We here have changed the philosophy round in the last 18 months where we have got players in our squad who are young and experienced and are making the squad what it is today.

"We've also got a number of players in the squad who I kept reading were leaving the club, they're still here and quite rightly so.

"We as a club have to sell players each season to keep this stadium going, pay the bills and to pay the interest payments that I inherited when I came to the club, which is about £600,000 pounds every year."

With Doyle's time at the club at an end, Turner looked forward to seeing the club's incoming players perform for Chesterfield and described a bit more of what each player will bring to the squad.

"Paul's job now is to find another goalscorer and we've brought players in," explained Turner. "Caolan Lavery at Sheffield Wednesday is very highly rated, young Mani [Dieseruvwe] who's been with us for a number of weeks now; Paul and Leam especially think a lot of this young player. He's powerful, he's quick, he's big and he's skilful.

"Mark Duffy from Birmingham was very highly rated to go there, he's been at Scunthorpe, he's experienced, he's tricky and can create. 

"Ashley Carter from Wolves is a centre back and left-footed, which is very hard to find. We lost Liam Cooper earlier this season and Paul would like to play with a balance of a right footer and a left footer, we're having a look at the young boy." 

The chief executive believes his club are now in an increasingly strong position and says he has every faith in his non-playing staff to push the Spireites on to further successes.

Turner said: "We're at the highest position Chesterfield have been in for a long long time and we're competing for a play-off spot. You've got to trust the manager, he's brought a lot of players to the club and I can't think of anyone who's not been a success.

"It wouldn't have been a surprise to any of us if we had received offers for five or six of our players because they're young, they're playing well and they're showing great development.

"When Paul came to the club just over two years ago we were paying players to leave and that's completely turned around.

"We believe and trust in Paul and [chief scout] Paul Mitchell to find players and bring them into our team and make them successful."

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