Guy Branston started life as Chesterfield’s, new director of recruitment and development today, and says that he is very much looking forward to the challenge.
Branston’s appointment was confirmed after the match with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, and he arrived at the Proact this morning keen to get up and running.
Speaking exclusively to Player HD, Branston said: “I couldn’t wait; I was camped out in the car park before the place had even opened!
“I want to start getting the information out there and back to the football club to say that we’re making the right decisions at the right time.
“I’ve learned a lot from my previous experiences, which I can bring to the football club and I think that moving forward it’s very positive. I think the club has made the right decision by taking me on.”
The former Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday defender has wasted no time in getting to know his new surroundings, as well as starting to put in place ideas from his discussions with manager, Gary Caldwell and director & company secretary, Ashley Carson.
He said: “I’ve been meeting a lot of the guys and girls around here, getting my feet under the table and getting a feel for the club.
“I don’t need to be here for many days a week, I need to be out watching games and getting and collecting information for the football club.
“I’ve spoken with Gary about various different things, myself, Ashley and Gary have spoken about how we’d like to look at the scouting department and the recruitment department.
“They offered me the job last Wednesday and I snapped their hands off because I want to work full time in football, I want to work at a good football club, and this is a very good club that is trying look and go forward.”
The role of director of recruitment and development is sure to be a demanding one, but it’s one he’s familiar with having undertaken a similar role at Notts County.
So what does Branston think he can bring to the position?
“Energy,” he said assertively, “I think that you’ve got to be out there collecting information, watching games all around the country and setting up a scouting network.
“I’d put my contacts list up against anybody’s because of the amount of clubs I’ve played for, I had a chequered career travelling around learning things and meeting people, and a lot of managers wanted my opinion because I’d worked with a lot of players.
“From about 2008, I started to help out clubs and give them information over to them, and I think I bring knowledge and an understanding of what’s needed to play at these levels, having played with so many players.”
Branston admitted that Caldwell was a big influence in him wanting the job, and he told Player HD about the relationship he’ll have with the manager as well as the board of directors.
“I’m hoping that we’ll speak most days,” Branston explained. “We’ll have weekly meetings understanding what we’re going to achieve, I want to be very close to the staff, understanding what they’ve seen, taking their experiences and knowledge of players putting it into a pot, deciding what we’re going to do with it from the gaffer down.
“Obviously the board are going to be very important in terms of what we’re going to develop, hence the development role, I’ll be someone to bounce off, without being on your shoulder and I think it’s important that the gaffer has the air to breathe for his work within the club, and we can keep bouncing off each other if we need to.
“If I’m in the ground every day then I think I’m doing the wrong job, if I’m out there picking up information for the football club then I’m doing the right job, and that’s what I’m about, having a hub of information that we can use to our devices and hopefully sell the right sort of players into the football club, because you don’t want to get the wrong sort of player in.”
Branston was in attendance at the Macron Stadium, further improving his knowledge of the Spireites squad, and he was impressed with their display.
He added: “I’ve seen the squad about 15 times this year; I did a lot of research as I was going into the club.
“I think we’ve got a good group of lads, bit hard on their luck and if other things go our way on Saturday, we win against a top side.
“So to go and match them and nearly nick it was a fantastic, and to see the youth through the team is brilliant as well, because we’ll have to have an infrastructure in place, where we’re bringing our own through.
“The likes of Joe Rowley doing fantastic and playing 90 minutes and Laurence Maguire, a solid centre half, coming through the ranks as well, these are people we’ve got to look to as the future of Chesterfield, if we are to go down – because it’s still not over - if we stay in the division, we’ve got to look at the future as
Chesterfield being a young, vibrant side that have bred and developed our own players.”