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Caldwell Relishing Spireites Challenge

17 January 2017

Gary Caldwell has expressed his delight at being confirmed as the new manager of Chesterfield Football Club.

Caldwell has signed a one-year rolling contract with the Spireites and will be in the dugout for Saturday’s match with AFC Wimbledon at the Proact.

Speaking to Player HD, an ecstatic Caldwell said: “It’s really exciting and I’m looking forward to it.” 

“I was at the game at the weekend and I had discussions and now I’m just delighted to get everything done, and now I’m looking forward to working with and meeting the players.”

Discussions to bring Caldwell to the club took place over the weekend, and from the very outset they were positive.

“I spoke to Chris Turner and Ashley Carson last week,” Caldwell added, “and I met them again just before the game on Saturday. 

“I had great discussions at length about where they wanted to go and what I could bring to that process and I felt that at this time in my career it’s the right move for me.

“I felt that they were ambitious and I am too, I’m hungry to get back into management and to get success. I believe that gives you the control to bring you success and to win football games.

Caldwell arrives at the Proact with an impressive CV, last season he guided Wigan Athletic to the League One title – his first as a manager.

And while Caldwell hopes to bring a similar level of success to the Spireites during his tenure, he is aware that a lot needs to be done before that can be achieved. 

He said: “It’s got going to happen overnight and you’re not going to see a totally drastic change to the team that you saw on Saturday – which for me was an extremely hard working team full of quality.

“But I’ll slowly start putting my ideas across and get the team playing a style of football that I believe over a long season that League One is will bring you success.”

Caldwell watched the match with Coventry City from the stands on Saturday and was impressed with the performance that the team put in, with the result giving him a good platform from which to work on.

“I thought they were excellent and I thought they deserved to win by more than the excellent goal they scored,” he said.

“I was delighted with what I’ve seen and over the course of this week going into Saturday I’ll work with the players on the training pitch, speak to Ritchie [Humphreys] and get his views on the players and put a team out on Saturday that can play in a similar way and try to get the same result.

“I’m going to work with all the staff that are here and lean on them because they know more about the squad than I do at this moment in time, so I’m going to need their expertise and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

News of Caldwell’s appointment has been greeted with excitement amongst the Spireites supporters, and the new manager is keen to provide the fans with a team to shout about. Whilst also urging them to pack the Proact for the game with Wimbledon.

“The fans were fantastic on Saturday,” Caldwell said, “it’s never easy when you’re down the bottom of the table but the players need your support more than ever.

“I’d like the fans to come out in their numbers and provide the same backing that they did on Saturday and I promise to put a team out on the pitch that they can be proud of and that they can see are giving everything for the club.”   

Stay tuned there will be more reaction to Caldwell's appointment throughout the day on the official club website, Player HD and YouTube channels

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