Mark Crossley is delighted to be back at Chesterfield after being named as the club's new goalkeeping coach.
In an interview with Spireites Digital, Crossley said: "It’s good to be back. I think it’s a fourth time, as I came here as a 15-year-old, trying to gain an apprenticeship as a player. Then I had another two spells here, the first of which was with John (Sheridan) as manager.”
When told that he was Chesterfield's oldest debutant, he said: "Is that right? That makes me feel better! I think I was 41 when I played here (he was actually 40 years and 53 days when he made his debut). I didn’t play many games. It was good to end my career here. Whether my coaching ends here, I don’t know.”
Crossley is looking forward to working with John Sheridan again, having tasted success in their previous time together. “We’ve had a championship and we’ve had a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win, so I’d like to think that we were pretty successful before," he said.
“John’s pedigree speaks for itself. You only have to look at last season and the team was in desperate trouble. He was brought in and they finished comfortably in mid-table.
“The aim this year is to kick on and look higher up the league, if not promotion. There’s a lot of hard work to be done but we’re quietly confident we can produce some good performances.
“It definitely won’t be easy, but if we can carry on the form at the end of last season, there is no reason why we can’t progress and put up a challenge.”
Crossley is credited with having a major influence on the career of Spireites legend Tommy Lee and he is relishing the prospect of working with Shwan Jalal and new signing Luke Coddington.
“I know Shwan," he revealed. "I was at Sheffield Wednesday playing and Shwan came in on a trial then, when he was a young lad, so I know a bit about him and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
With pre-season training underway, Crossley also says that he has been "very impressed" with Coddington.
Spireites Digital subscribers can watch the full interview here.