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Carson Outlines Manager Requirements

9 January 2017

Club director Ashley Carson says that the Chesterfield board are putting together a list of suitable candidates in order to find the club’s new manager.

In the 24 hours that have passed since the vacancy was announced, Carson confirmed that the club has received numerous applications for the role, with steps being put into place to ensure the right man is appointed.

Speaking exclusively to Player HD Carson said: “We don’t have to advertise the fact that we are looking for a new manager. 

“We now have many people putting their name into the ring for consideration so at this point we need to start collating those points together and within the next 24 hours we’ll formulate a hit list.”

With the board putting in place a list of suitable candidates, the successful applicant will need to show specific managerial qualities, and also be in it long term.

“From my point of view, what I need to get back into this football club is enthusiasm,” Carson said “I need to lift the whole tone of the club. 

“I want somebody who is enthusiastic, maybe younger, who’s got some experience but a long time in management is not essential to us.

“We’ve had one or two people who’ve come to us saying that ‘we’re happy to help you out until the end of the season’ but that’s not really for us. 

“We’ve got to look forward, we’ve got a massive job to do next season in terms of team building, with 19 players out of contract and we need somebody who is going to be committed and going to be working through that with us as well.”

And despite the club’s league position Carson believes that the job is an attractive one.

He said: “We make no secret to the fact that we’ve not got a lot of money. 

"The likelihood is that we will be cutting the budget back as well next season, so we have to still try and sell this football club to somebody to come in and help us through with all of that.

“But it’s a great club and you see out there it’s a great stadium and there are people out there that are hungry and I’m sure we’ll be able to have someone who comes in and will do a great job for us.”

Carson confirmed that the new manager is unlikely to be appointed before this weekend’s match with Coventry City, but the club are actively looking to appoint a new man during the transfer window. 

“We’re in the transfer window now and the clock is ticking, we need somebody who can come in and do some wheeling and dealing within this transfer window.” He said.

“We want somebody to come in who has done their homework on the players; they know who we’ve got and our strengths and weaknesses and can hit the ground running.

“If players move out of the club then we will immediately have the saving of their wages and that will be put forward for the new manager to bring players in.”  

The decision to remove both Danny Wilson and Chris Morgan from their positions as manager and assistant manager respectively was not an easy decision to make.

However, Carson explained that it needed to be done to give the club the best possible chance of avoiding relegation from League One.

He said: “Following on from the performances over December we saw some really heavy defeats and it kind of brings it to the forefront of your thoughts what do we do going forward into January?

“We looked at our league position and it’s not a healthy position, but we also look at what’s above us in the fifth, sixth and seventh from bottom positions and we think we’re still in there within touching distance of these, so what do we do?

“We took the decision to terminate the employment of both Danny and Chris which was difficult decision to make, and I’d like to place on record thanks to both of them. 

“As a pair they were so professional and I cannot thank them enough for what they did for the club, but we have to now move on.” 

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