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Dean Saunders on His First Fortnight

28 May 2015

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Chesterfield manager Dean Saunders has been in the Proact hot-seat for just over a fortnight, and is now looking forward to getting his teeth into management with the Spireites.

Saunders spoke about the welcome he received at the club and his hopes to repay these positive reactions on the pitch.

"I've been really pleased with the response from everybody," he said. "Everybody's been nice to me and I've had lots of good luck messages so I want to pay everyone back now and try and improve on what the team's got.

"I've tried to evaluate everything, looking from the youth department all the way up and seeing the players we've got." 

Having joined the club during the off season, Saunders has still been able to meet several members of the first team squad, and is ready to meet the rest of the squad when they return for pre-season on July 1.

"I've met a few of them, the ones that have been to the ground. I'll see them all on July 1, I've sent them their packs out for the off season with what they need to be doing to make sure that when they come back they're ready to start playing football.

"I've not had too many chances to start with a team at the start of the season, and when I have we've always ended up doing really well.

"It's great to solve the problems before losing any points. You can play ten games pre-season and then see what your problems are, where you're a bit weak or short and then you can adjust while you're doing it - and you've not lost any points.

"You get the players' fitness levels up to where you want them to be and you're starting joint top of the league with everyone else."

The Spireites boss was also pleased to be able to keep hold of popular defender Drew Talbot, who signed a new one-year contract with the club last week.

"I've always liked him and I've tried to sign him a couple of times," said Saunders. "I tried to sign him when I was at Doncaster.

"Mark Crossley spoke highly of him as well, he's got good character and you can't have enough players with his mentality and attitude at your club. 

"He can also play anywhere, and that's good, so I'm really pleased with that. I've told him he's part of my plans, he could have got more money elsewhere but he decided to stay with us.

"He loves the club, which is great, and the supporters like him - so that's a positive for us."

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