The casualties were plentiful at the Proact Stadium yesterday as Chesterfield manager Paul Cook wielded the axe on both his backroom and playing staff.
Assistant Manager Tommy Wright and coach Mark Crossley, both brought to the club by previous manager John Sheridan, had their contracts terminated with immediate effect.
Former Blades coach and Millers player John Dungworth, the development manager, and Kit Man Kurt McDermott have also been shown the door.
Cook’s former assistant at Accrington Stanley, and currently their manager, Leam Richardson, 33, has been tipped to re-join his former boss as his number two. His playing career included spells at Blackburn, Bolton and Blackpool.
Another man thought to be in the frame is Kevin Lynch, who resigned from his position of manager of Northern Premier League side Marine yesterday. He’s not a close acquaintance of Cook’s but he’s built an excellent reputation in his four years in Crosby.
As a player, he appeared for Southport, Droylsden and Vauxhall Motors, for whom he played when they beat QPR on penalties in the FA Cup in 2002. Cook appeared for Marine as a player ahead of moving into the professional game.
On the playing side, it’s been confirmed that Drew Talbot has been offered a deal but is looking elsewhere with Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United both potential suitors. Danny Wilson was very keen on him before his departure.
First year pro Jacob Hazel has been offered another year and is expected to sign.
Negotiations are still going on with right back Richard Brindley and midfielder Mark Randall. Seven players have been released; Danny Whitaker, Neal Trotman, Richard O’Donnell, Craig Clay, Scott Boden, Jonathan Wafula and Jack Waddle.
O’Donnell’s departure will mean Spireites will sign promising Belper Town keeper Aaron Chapman. Loan players Conor Townsend (Hull City) and Alex Henshall (Manchester City) have returned to their parent clubs.