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Carson: "I think it is great news for the football club."

18 January 2017

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Club director and company secretary Ashley Carson was rightfully proud following yesterday’s appointment of Gary Caldwell as Chesterfield’s new manager.

Carson along with director of football Chris Turner had spent around a week interviewing candidates around the country, and is confident that Caldwell is the man to turn the Spireites fortunes around.

He said: “I’m really pleased have been able to unveil Gary, I think it is great news for the football club.

“When Chris and I spoke to him we hit it off straight away, he’s got good knowledge of the game – and in particular this league as well. And also knows what it takes to get out of this league, which is more important for us.”

Prior to landing the job at the Proact, Caldwell had been conducting research on the first team squad, and got a closer look at them during last Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Coventry City.

And with the January transfer window in full swing, will Caldwell have the resources to strengthen the squad as he sees fit?

“I would think so,” Carson told Player HD.

“If there’s any players who go out then he’ll be allowed to bring players in. 

“I think he has already identified areas of where there is strengths and weaknesses in the team, so he’s got a plan which he’ll be working with over the next few days with Chris.”

Caldwell’s appointment has been well received by Chesterfield’s supporters, as well as those of other clubs. 

To many it feels like the start of a new era, with Carson also hoping it signifies a special period for the club - and not just on the pitch.

Carson added: “I hope so, we really want to get back with the fans. 

“We’ve seen week on week the falling attendances and even the number of season ticket holders who’re staying away and it’s not good for the club at all.

“There’s massive potential for it and let’s hope we can boost that and see on Saturday an increase in the crowd.

“We’re certainly looking at doing all kinds of ticket deals going forward to try and help people, and get people back in here.”

During the interview process, Carson was a prominent presence, regularly keeping fans up to date with the latest goings on via social media.

And like the new manager, the messages that he sent out have proved popular with the Spireites faithful, and Carson confirmed there is more to come.

He said: “It’s something that I’ve tried to work hard on, and I’m still learning. I think that it’s always important to engage with the fans.

“In the past we’ve been very negative with things and I’m trying to do everything I can now to improve that.

“Social media is such a powerful tool, now I’m not saying I’m going to be on it every day but I certainly intend to keep in there and keep the engagement going with the fans.”

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