Cook brings in his former assistant

New backroom boy Leam Richardson
New backroom boy Leam Richardson
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Spireites formally unveiled their new assistant manager yesterday, 33-year-old Leeds born Leam Richardson, previously boss of Accrington Stanley.

He had been Paul Cook’s assistant at the Crown Ground, has been appointed to succeed the departed Tommy Wright. A full back with Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Notts County (loan), Blackpool and finally Stanley, he played his last match on Boxing Day 2011.

The pair were playing colleagues in 2005-06, the year Stanley were promoted to the league from the Conference. However they never both started a first team game together, Cook came on as a sub three times to join his subsequent managerial partner on the park.

Richardson made a single appearance in the Premier League, an 82nd minute sub for Bolton at Leeds in 2001.

The new Number Two said: “Chesterfield has got a great infrastructure; there are some good people working here. The club needs to be knocking on the door of the Championship.”

Referring to Cook, he added: “He’s got good work ethic and beliefs. They’re very similar to mine which makes for a good blend. I’m young and enthusiastic and I like to think I do my job well.” It’s expected that the next backroom addition will be Marine boss Kevin Lynch.