With seven players released by the club at the end of their contracts last week, manager Danny Wilson spoke further about the reasoning behind the difficult decisions.
While Jake Orrell, Jake Beesley and Rai Simons are to be offered news deals by the Spireites, Drew Talbot, Chris Herd, Jordan Slew, Byron Harrison, Mani Dieseruvwe, Michael Onovwigun and Aaron Chapman have all been released.
Wilson went into the details behind the choices: "The first reason is that we had too many players in certain positions, and the second is that from the players' point of view they have to be challenging and tying down a first-team position on a regular basis.
"I didn't feel that the lads we let go were going to be able to do that and I think from their point of view you don't want to sit around on a Saturday afternoon and not be involved - you train all week for an end product, to play for 90 minutes.
"Some of these boys would have been sat on the bench and I don't think that's fair to them. Some have to do that of course, but with the way we want to restructure things out on the pitch, that's the reason we did what we did."
From the news of the releases the departure of the long-serving Talbot was particularly noteworthy - bring an end to his seven and a half years with the club.
"He's been fantastic and it was a very difficult decision with Drew," explained Wilson. "It wasn't a financial decision and Drew was very understanding.
"Drew wanted to play first-team football week-in, week-out and he knew himself that wasn't going to happen, he'd resigned himself to finding pastures new and I agreed with him.
"It's only fair that someone like him and the stature he has walks away with his head held high and he's done that.
"We have to move on in football, you don't always make the easiest decisions and some are very tough, but you have to make them."