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Tracey: "I’m pleased to be here."

17 November 2017

New Spireites goalkeeper coach Simon Tracey says that his move to the Proact came at the right time for him and his family.

Tracey joined the club earlier this week from Carlisle United and he expressed his delight at securing the role and how things have gone so far.

“It’s fantastic, I’m enjoying it, I live locally and it’s a good football club, so I’m pleased to be here,” he said.

“I’ve been in Carlisle for the past two and a half years and I had a fantastic time up there and thoroughly enjoyed it, I have one or two family problems at the moment so I need to be in this area and my family needs my support at the moment, so the move came at a good time.

He continued: “Carlisle were very understanding of the situation and I’m delighted that I could come here.”

Tracey knows manager Jack Lester through their playing days and is excited at the prospect of working together.

He joked: “We played against each other, he’s been trying to dive over the top of me to get penalties, so we’ve known each other for a while and we’ve always got on.”

As a player Tracey played for Sheffield United for 15 years and will be using that experience along with his coaching credentials when working with first team goalkeepers Joe Anyon and Dylan Parkin in training.

Tracey said: “I’ve had a look at Joe this last week, I’m trying to be positive with him and show him clips at what we can improve on so I’m just trying to be positive with Joe and Dylan.

“I believe I am a technical coach, I like to show the clips where I can improve them where they have weaknesses and where we can do better.”

Chesterfield host Exeter City at home tomorrow, which will be Tracey’s first game since his arrival and he knows the importance at getting a positive result.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he commented. “It’s a big game for us but what I know is that the last four performances have been excellent and we haven’t quite got the points which we have deserved.”

And despite having been at the club for a matter of days, Tracey could not help but notice the positivity around the dressing room.

He added: “When I come into the building on Monday the place was vibrant and I was surprised that the club was at the bottom of the league, there’s a good feel about the place.

“Last year after 17 games Exeter were bottom of the league and finished fourth we don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s 87 points to play for let’s play for them.”


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