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Branston: "We now have to fight for the club."

18 September 2017

Chesterfield caretaker manager Guy Branston, says that while he doesn’t expect to be in his new role for long, he will be doing everything he can for the football club.

The Spireites’ director of recruitment and development was appointed caretaker boss following the departure of Gary Caldwell, in the aftermath of Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Accrington Stanley.

And he’s wasted no time in making his mark in the role, with the non-playing members of the first team squad reporting in for training yesterday.

“I don’t think I’ll be in the role for very long, applicants are coming in thick and fast,” He said. “It’s terrible that a manager has lost his job, I worked for that man and I liked working for him, he did some great things behind the scenes here and I’ve got a lot of praise for him.

“Fans want football matches won, they don’t see the behind the scenes because they think a win’s the most important thing and rightly so.

“My element in this now is that I’ve got to step up and try to win a football match, I’m happy to take on board what Gary has left here and tweak it to try to win the matches that fans want.”

His new temporary role is somewhat different to what he’s been doing since arriving at the club in April, but Branston has gained plenty of experience in coaching, which he says started during his playing career.

He reflected: “I started coaching when I was 26/27, I’ve been to coach in America and Poland, while I’ve worked at Leicester City, Notts County and Exeter City’s academies – I’ve took opportunities to coach as much as possible.

“I took my B and A licences in the hope of doing more coaching but it’s how the jobs have materialised, I went into scouting as soon as I’d finished with John Sheridan and also at Scunthorpe United.

“I’d like to think I’ve got experience of coaching a group of lads and I started straight away by bringing them in on Sunday and putting in ideas for Saturday’s game, which is the most important in my life and theirs.”

Branston will be in the Chesterfield dugout for Saturday’s trip to Luton Town, with preparation well underway for the game, one that the former Rotherham United defender is relishing.

“I can’t wait,” Branston exclaimed.

“Luton are a fantastic side, I went to watch them on Saturday and I’ll be putting my ideas in this week’s training.

“These things need to be digested and the things you pick up as a director of recruitment, watching 300-400 games a year, you can’t implement them, but now I can and I’m going to do it my way.

“The new manager will want to do things his way and you have to respect that, I think I’ve respected the club by stepping up, I could have shied away from it but that’s not me, I’m going to stick my chest out see what happens and be willing to fight for the cause and that’s winning on Saturday.”

The Spireites squad trained on the Proact pitch this morning, so what exactly did the new caretaker manager bring to the session?

“Energy, life and enthusiasm,” Branston added.

“We now have to fight for the club, January comes around quick, when the new manager comes in some of the players could be gone, that’s how serious football is.

“I sit there as an individual, looking at how I’d want to be perceived by the dressing room and I think that I bring that to my training, things that I’d have got up for as a player and I think I brought that to training and I’m going to carry that on throughout the week.”


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