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Mark Crossley's Life After the Proact

30 May 2015

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Incoming goalkeeper coach Mark Crossley was formerly with the Spireites between 2009 and 2013, and lifted the lid on what he's been up to since he last departed the Proact.

Crossley left the Proact when former manager Paul Cook reshuffled his management staff, but last week returned to the club with new Spireites boss Dean Saunders, a former club and international team mate.

The former Wales 'keeper went through his experiences when he last finished his time at Chesterfield.

Crossley said: "When I left I was unemployed for about a month and then I got a job with Sheffield Wednesday, running their academy and the goalkeepers there . There were 14 lads, right from nine-years-old all the way through to the 21s. 

"It was a great experience, there was too much paperwork, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm really glad I did it."

Following on from his time in the Wednesday academy, Crossley had the chance to move to Barnsley, an opportunity too good to turn down.

"Then it was Danny Wilson who gave me the opportunity to go to Barnsley and work with the first team," he said. "When you work with an academy you do actually miss working with the first team players.

"So I couldn't hesitate at that, especially with them being my home town club as well. Things didn't work out particularly as I would have wanted them to from a personal position there. 

"That's football, you move on, but it was good to come back here the way this club is going. There are some great people that work here and I left on good terms with Dave Allen, the chairman.

"I know some of the staff that are still here and more importantly Dean Saunders wanted me here, so how could I turn that down?"

Now back in Derbyshire, Crossley is looking forward to getting back working with Spireites number one Tommy Lee, a player he enjoyed a productive period working alongside in his first Proact stint.

"It was nice to walk in and see a smile on his face when he saw me," said Crossley. "I've always kept in touch with him over the phone and wished him all the best.

"When I left the club the first time I don't think Tommy wanted it and I didn't want it either at that time, so to walk in and see a smile on his face and happy to have me back - that means a lot."

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