DAVE Allen has trodden a familiar path in becoming chairman of Chesterfield.
His step-up from board member to the No 1 spot has taken three years - just like it did at Hillsborough.
He was invited to join the Owls board in 2000 when Howard Culley was chairman,
After Culley resigned Geoff Hulley succeeded him and it was not until 2003 when Hulley stood down that Allen took over.
Allen, who quit as Owls chief in 2007, joined Chesterfield as major shareholder in 2009.
He says he never really expected to chair a club again. But he looked the natural successor once long-serving Barrie Hubbard stood down.
Allen has invested heavily in the Spireites and his target is not only recovery from this season’s relegation to League Two but also Championship football.
Hubbard, aged 73, had recently revealed that would stand down as chairman and director this month.
Allen said: “Barrie Hubbard asked if I would be willing to take over the chair and as I have heavily invested in the club it seemed the sensible thing to do.
“Barrie has worked very hard for the club and can feel proud of his achievements but he has indicated he is now ready for a rest and we all wish him a long and happy retirement.
“I didn’t expect to be taking over as chairman of a club again but I am comfortable with it as we have a good bunch of supporters at Chesterfield.
“I intend to give 100 per cent in my efforts to achieve what the fans want, which is Championship football as soon as possible, and this will require careful planning and hard work by everyone.”