Guy Branston has been appointed as Chesterfield’s new director of recruitment and development.
Commenting on the appointment, director & company secretary Ashley Carson said: “With 18 players out of contract in the summer, it was vital that we brought someone in with the necessary qualities to work with Gary Caldwell on recruitment.
“We interviewed three quality candidates and Guy convinced us that he was the right man for the role. We were very impressed with his knowledge and enthusiasm and I have no doubt that he will prove to be a valuable addition to the management team.
“We have been without a scouting network since Paul Mitchell left the club, leaving Gary with very little information when it came to recruiting players in January. Extensive research will now be car-ried out by Guy before any players are brought to the club, giving us the best possible chance of having a successful recruitment policy.”
Branston, who has been involved in coaching and recruitment since retiring from playing three years ago, set up an an online database for recruitment. After scouting for Scunthorpe United and Plymouth Argyle, he had three seasons as head of recruitment at Notts County.
Branston is very excited about the challenge he is faced with, saying: “I’ve already started to plan and I have identified some players who I have recommended to Gary.
“We spent a lot of time talking about things that need to change and things that need to be imple-mented to take the club forward. We have to start working straight away, putting plans in place for the summer.”
The holder of a UEFA A Licence, Branston started his playing career at Leicester City and had spells at various clubs including Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United.