£750,000-a-month bill for Spireites opponents

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CHESTERFIELD’S next opponents, Preston North End, have revealed the amount of money needed to keep them afloat.

The team that hosts John Sheridan’s men in next Tuesday’s Northern semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy are being funded to the tune of £750,000 a month by their Isle-of-Man-based owner.

Former Pontins boss Trevor Hemmings indicated that several players’ wages at Deepdale are ‘many times’ over what he states as being the League One average of £1,465 a week.

He has estimated he’ll have to find close on £6 million this season to maintain his club’s financial position. That level of investment will take his overall input into the club to £25m and he’s indicated he’d like to see “some of that investment back”.

With Chesterfield languishing at the foot of League One, the JPT match is seen as a great opportunity for the B2net club get things going. With tickets for the game just £5, a big crowd is expected.

Junior professional Jordan Burrow has returned to the B2net after a two-month stint at Conference North side Boston United.

The 19-year-old striker twice bagged the winning goal, against Droylsden and Workington, in 11 games.

The York Street club’s joint manager, Leo Canoville, said: “Jordan is going back to Chesterfield. He has done very, very well for us. We have been really pleased with him.

“If anything comes up in the future, we would be delighted to have him back here. He’s still a young player so he should go on and play higher at the moment.”