Chesterfield: Saunders plans to give youth a chance

Chairman Dave Allen and Dean Saunders
Chairman Dave Allen and Dean Saunders
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Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen is backing new manager Dean Saunders to bring the kids through.

Spireites have signed two new professionals from out of the youth team this season, Laurence Maguire and Jake Beesley, and Allen wants more of that.

Allen said: “Dean likes working with kids and with our set up here that’s important, we can’t afford to go out and buy very expensive players, so we need to develop our own. He’ll be out there in his tracksuit helping to develop the kids, lots of managers don’t even want to talk to the young players.”

Saunders reinforced where he wants to strengthen the squad: “I have to go and find some strikers who can bang goals in for us without spending transfer fees, which we’ve not got.”

And he reiterated Allen’s view on youth, saying: “The dream for every Chesterfield supporter and that includes me, is to have a young team with plenty of people we recognise as our own, but you also need experienced players to help them survive in these leagues; at 18 to play in League One Saturday and Tuesday, week after week, is very difficult because they’re learning.

“That’s particularly true if you’re a defender, a 19 year old having to look after Jermaine Beckford or Kevin Davies and you’re going to make mistakes, so you’d need experience in there to guide them both on the pitch and in the dressing room.”

Of his decision to appoint Saunders to replace Cook, Allen said: “Dean is an inspirational guy, he’s played at the highest level, he’s assisted managers at the highest level and I believe he’s the right man for the job. He was the first man I interviewed and when I’d finished the interview I was certain he was the right man for the job,.

“He’s got ideas, slightly different ideas and he likes to play attacking, attractive football which is very important for me because it’s that which helps develop the crowd.”