Chesterfield: Backroom reshuffle begins for Saunders

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Dean Saunders’ changes to his Chesterfield backroom staff have begun in earnest.

Following on from fitness coach Shane Nicholson’s departure – he subsequently joined Paul Cook at Portsmouth – coach Kevin Lynch and keeper coach Eric Nixon have both left the club.

Nixon was swiftly replaced by Mark Crossley, who rejoined the Spireites from Barnsley after two years at Oakwell, who will act as coach of both the goalkeepers and development squad.

Crossley was a former playing colleague of Saunders at Nottingham Forest.

Departed boss Cook recruited Lynch and Nixon two years ago whilst Nicholson had been given the fitness role after his playing career ended in 2007.

Chief executive Chris Turner said: “I would like to thank Shane, Kevin and Eric for their service. Shane in particular has made a valuable contribution as his association with the club goes back to 1998.

“He has worked hard to develop the fitness of the players he has worked with.

“As Dean Saunders wants to assemble his own backroom team, as managers usually do, changes have had to be made. I would like to wish Shane, Kevin and Eric all the best for the future.”

Chief Scout Paul Mitchell, brought in by John Sheridan is set to be given the role of director of recruitment.

The former Gainsborough Trinity, Worksop Town and Alfreton Town manager is well regarded at the Proact and has been instrumental in bringing the likes of Charlie Raglan, Dan Gardner and Ollie Banks to the club and he’s expected to head recruitment across the academy, development squad, reserves and work with Saunders regarding the first team.

Mitchell has an encyclopedic knowledge of players at all levels in the Country and he turned down the opportunity to move to Pompey with Cook.

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