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Chairman Details Saunders' Recruitment

14 May 2015

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Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen has explained the decision-making process behind the appointment of Dean Saunders as the club's new manager.

Saunders was announced as Paul Cook's replacement on Wednesday after Cook left his role at the Proact Stadium to join Portsmouth.

Allen explained the background behind the decision: "When the games finish at the Proact we tend to go down to the manager's room and have a chat. The opposing coaches are always in there so you have the chance to speak with 20-odd managers during the course of a season.

"Dean brought Crawley here this season - I wasn't very impressed with his side, but I was impressed with him.

"I know John Ryan, who is a friend of mine and a very astute businessman, he appointed him at Doncaster for the right reasons and I like to think we've done the same thing.

"He's an inspirational guy, he's played at the highest level, assisted in management at the highest level and I believe he's the right man for the job."

Chief executive Chris Turner also helped decide upon the appointment, and was impressed by Saunders after meeting him properly for the first time earlier in the year.

He said: "I met him during the season after the match here with Crawley and he talked about his beliefs, philosophies and the way he sees the game.

"You can tell straight away when you meet people in football if they know what they're on about, where they want to go and how they want to play. Having not ever met him before, apart from playing against him, I was very impressed."

Saunders had been the interim manager at Crawley Town for the latter part of the season, but was unable to stave off relegation for the club.

The new Spireites boss gave details of how he found out about the club's desire to appoint him: "I got a phone call from Chris asking about my situation. I went and spoke to him and was pleased that they were only interested in me. 

"It's exactly what I've wanted, it's a project which I can walk into where the club's not in a crisis. It's stable, we've got a good group of players, the stadium's fantastic and the fans have doubled over the last four or five years."

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