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Wright: "I want to bring good times back."

24 October 2017

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Spireites first team coach Tommy Wright says that the decision to return to the Proact was an easy one to make.

Wright returned to the Proact at the end of last month as part of manager Jack Lester’s backroom staff, having previously worked at the club under former managers John Sheridan and Paul Cook.

The Scot was joined in the new look coaching staff by assistant manager Nicky Eaden and new strength and conditioning coach Jake Simpson with whom he’s built up a good rapport.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Wright said: “It was easy, because when I left Oldham Athletic, Jack called me 10 minutes later, so it was pretty quick.

“I got on well with Jack when he was a player here and we kept in touch, I’ve always had a good relationship here even when I’ve come back I’ve always had a warm welcome, I enjoyed my time here previously and I want to bring good times back.

“Jake has come in and done well, while Nicky is a good coach with a lot of experience, we’ll be trying our hardest to bring success back to Chesterfield.”

While things are going well off the field, results haven’t always gone according to plan for Wright, but he does feel that performances have improved in recent weeks.
“It’s good to be back, though I would like us to be in a better league position,” he said.

“I think that since we’ve come back the performances have been good, we probably lack a little bit in one or two positions, but while we’re not pleased with the results we’re pleased with the performances and how the players have adapted to new methods and ideas, so I’m positive.

“I think we can go forward and soon get up the league and I’ve been here before at good times and I know what the fans want. I know that when Cookie (Paul Cook) was here we did very well, with promotions and cup finals and as a fan you get used to that – so we need to bring some wins back to the Proact.”

Wright was speaking after an open training session took place on the Proact pitch, one that saw a good number of Chesterfield supporters came and watch, with many taking the opportunity to obtain photographs from their favourite players when it had finished.

Lester and his staff oversaw the session, which the players and the supporters would tell you was not an easy one.

“It’s always nice for the supporters to come and see what happens on a day to level,” Wright commented. “As they would only normally see what happens on Saturday or Tuesday games.

“Today was a more physical day than normal, we were trying to get the players up to speed a bit more so that they can play at a higher tempo, it was a tough day for them, but they trained very well.

“Hopefully they’ll benefit but really, it’s for long-term, to play how we want to play, we want to pass the ball, move quickly and play at a high tempo, so the players have to be ready to do that on a Saturday.

“We’ll be incorporating things into training to help them achieve that.”

Next up for the Spireites is a home match with Carlisle United on Saturday (3pm) and the former Leeds United man gave an insight into what the team will be working on for the remainder of the week.

He added: “Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be a rest day and then on Thursday it will be more tactical, where we’ll go through the team’s shape and look at Carlisle’s positives and negatives.

“Friday will be a quite short and sharp session so that we’re ready for Saturday.”

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