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Llera: "We have a solid base."

22 August 2017

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Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Miguel Llera is looking forward to his new role with the Spireites academy, after being named as the new Professional Development Phase lead coach.

Llera will oversee the development of the Spireites’ older academy players, after three years working with Sheffield Wednesday’s U14s.

The Spaniard said: “I’m very happy to be here. I’ve been looking for my first club for a long time and I think it’s a great chance for me to be involved with this great club. I’ve seen two games today already, and I was really pleased with what I saw.

“We have a solid base; obviously we have things to improve, but that’s my job. I think people can be really proud of the youth team at Chesterfield.”

The academy enjoyed success last season, with six scholars being offered professional contracts and players such as Joe Rowley and Charlie Wakefield breaking into the first team.

And Llera will be looking to implement his own style of coaching, in order to build on the success.

“I was a professional footballer for nearly 20 years and I’ve played about 200 professional games in England so I think I know well how English football is,” he told iFollow.

“I will try to mix it up - with the best from the UK and the best from Spain - and pass on my knowledge.”

Llera started his career in the Spanish second tier, briefly playing in La Liga with Gimnàstic before a move to Hércules.

In 2008 he moved to England, where he played for MK Dons, Charlton Athletic, Blackpool and Brentford, prior to a four-year stint at Sheffield Wednesday.

He retired in 2015 after playing out his final season with Scunthorpe United.

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