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Football Administration Manager Appointed

28 March 2018

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Nigel Smith has been named as Chesterfield’s football administration manager.

Nigel has a wide range of experience in the grassroots and professional game, spending ten years at the Derbyshire County Football Association, latterly in the role of county operations manager. He also has 33 years’ experience as a football referee, regularly officiating at EFL games as an assistant referee.

Chief executive Michael Dunford says that Nigel’s experience will be invaluable  following the departure of the club’s long-serving football secretary/operations manager, Sally Swain. 

"Areas of responsibility previously under Sally’s remit will now be split between Nigel and other remaining members of staff,” said Michael.

“Nigel has considerable experience in player administration and governance from his years at the Derbyshire County FA, so we welcome him to our off-the-field team, which will continue to meet the needs of the modern game.”

Commenting on his appointment, Nigel said: “I’ve been lucky enough to work in football at the Derbyshire County FA for the last ten years and the experience I’ve gained will help move the club forward with its administration. 

“Being from the town and a Chesterfield fan, it is a dream come true to work for the club and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

In his previous role at the Derbyshire County FA, Nigel dealt with player registrations, league sanctions and club/player discipline. He was also responsible for the delivery of the FA National Game Strategy, as well as managing the operational section of the organisation.


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