The culling at Chesterfield has continued. Youth team manager Dave Bentley and Academy manager Mark Jules, both former Spireites players, have departed the Proact Stadium.
The pair have led the U18’s to three titles in their time at the club whilst graduates of theirs have included Jordan Bowery, sold to Aston Villa for £500,000 last Autumn and current first teamer Tendayi Darikwa, who’s being tracked by several clubs but most notably, Everton. Of their final cohort, only centre half Jack Broadhead will still be with the club next season having signed a deal to 2015 earlier this season. Their dismissals follow on from four backroom leavers yesterday, including assistant manager Tommy Wright and coach Mark Crossley.
Skipper Sam Hird, signed last summer by John Sheridan, has been put on the transfer list. Hird has one year of his contract to run.
Accrington Stanley boss Leam Richardson has been named as Cook’s new right hand man, as predicted in yesterday’s Star, with Kevin Lynch, who resigned as manager of non-leaguers Marine, also likely to join the new-look backroom team.