‘If we have to sell players to balance the books then fine,’ says Spireites boss

Chesterfield vs Coventry City - Danny WIlson - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Coventry City - Danny WIlson - Pic By James Williamson
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Danny Wilson says Chesterfield will just have to ‘get on with it’ if the club has to balance its books by selling players.

The annual statement to the shareholders showed that whilst the club made a profit of £42k, they took £2m in transfer fees to arrive at that profit.

Wilson says realism is needed when reacting to the club’s financial situation because the Spireites are not alone in that boat.

Here’s how the fans reacted.

Dave Allen called it a positive year.

And company secretary Ashley Carson admitted disappointing with some elements of the financial performance.

“We’ve got to be realistic, clubs in our position up and down the country, that’s what we’ve got to rely on,” said Wilson.

“We don’t get big crowds, we’re not a team who can attract 20,000 every week and it makes it more difficult to make ends meet.

“You’ve got to do everything you possibly can to make the books balance.

“If that’s how we have to do it then fine.

“The only other way is by someone coming in and putting a lot of money back into the club again and Dave Allen has done that on a yearly basis. To keep asking him to do that, is that right? Or should the club try and be sustainable itself? If that’s how we have to work then we just get on with it.”

However Wilson believes the club’s chairman Dave Allen showed that he won’t just sell players at the drop of a hat when he refused offers for Gboly Ariyibi in the summer transfer window.

“He showed a very strong will in keeping Gboly at the start of the season, so that should show a lot of the intent he has for the club,” said the manager.

“He didn’t feel the valuation was met but still it was good money and he refused it. You’ve got to pat him on the back for that, he could have sold Gboly and made a handsome profit from it. But he didn’t.

“He’s still looking to the team to get some consistency and with players like Gboly around we’ve got a far better chance of achieving that.”

With another transfer window looming, Wilson says he can’t dwell on who may or may not be in his changing room come the end of January.

“I don’t think you can plan for it, you’ve got to be understanding of what’s available to replace Gboly or anyone else for that matter,” he said.

“The most important thing at the minute is results, everyone on the club is focused on that, I don’t think anyone’s mentioned anything to me about anyone leaving in January.

“We’ll deal with whatever is thrown at us. We don’t mope around and worry about it, we’re quite proactive.”