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Crossley: "It's a pleasure to be back here"

23 May 2015

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Returning goalkeeper coach Mark Crossley is delighted to be back at the Proact Stadium after joining new manager Dean Saunders' backroom team.

Crossley previously spent four years with the Spireites in the same position between 2009 and 2013 before leaving the club when Paul Cook reshuffled his management staff.

The popular former Wales international 'keeper even took over the Proact managerial reigns on a caretaker basis during his first stint, and is delighted to be back with Chesterfield.

"I'm really happy," said Crossley. "I know Dean very well and having spoken to him over the last few days I couldn't wait to get back down here, sign a contract and get back working again. I'm really looking forward to it again.

"I know what Dean's work ethic is and I know where he can go in the game. Hopefully he can take Chesterfield to the next level - I wouldn't have come here if I didn't think he could do that.

"It's a pleasure to be back here, it always helps to be working with someone you know. He knows me so I'm sure it'll work."

Crossley knows that the new manager has large shoes to step into, but believes that he has the ability to push the club forwards.

He said: "You can't take away the success that the team has had under Paul [Cook] in the past two seasons, and I think that Dean can take it on to the next level.

"I know how enthusiastic he is, he's a work horse and as a coach he's full blast, and that's what I like to see."

The newest member of staff has seen plenty of familiar faces back at the Proact, including the talented goalkeepers he will be working with in the coming season.

"I know the place," he said. "Most of the office staff and people are still around, which is handy to walk into somewhere new and know people.

"Just as importantly I know some of the players. I'm going to be working with the three goalkeepers here - and I was a big part in bringing Aaron Chapman to the club in the first place.

"I had a really close working relationship with Tommy Lee before and I'm looking forward to rebuilding that relationship and taking him to the next level as well."

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