Chesterfield: Smith, Mark and Mitch comfort Turner

Paul Mitchell boasts plenty of knowledge and experience
Paul Mitchell boasts plenty of knowledge and experience
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Spireites’ Chief Executive is confident the club’s temporary management team has the experience to mean there’s no need to go for a rapid permanent appointment.

Former Owls, Orient, Stockport and Hartlepool manager Chris Turner, talking about caretaker boss Mark Smith and his assistants Mark Crossley and Paul Mitchell said: “There’s a lot of experience in the interim management team we have and there’s no pressure on them as such. But I know all three of them and I know that they will want to win every game.

“Football has that habit of bringing up strange things but we’re open-minded about who the next manager will be and while ever we’ve got an experienced interim team we’ll see how it goes.

“I think it’s important for us to take our time. The Chairman has not mentioned time scales, but if the right man became available that we think is right for the job it will be as long or as short a process as it needs to be.”

Turner is already sifting through applications: “By Sunday afternoon we’d already had twenty or thirty applicants. Some were new into management and some were experienced, and some, via their agents, are currently employed by other football clubs. There is an array of people and we’ve got to sift through them all, draw up a shortlist and then interview them.”

He also spelled out his requirements for the new man saying: “We’ve got to bring somebody in that will bring confidence into the players. We’ve got some good young players, our youth system now is starting to produce players and our recruitment over the last three to four years has been excellent.”

Smith and his team lead Chesterfield in the FA Cup at home to Walsall on Saturday; the Saddlers have their own interim team, headed by John Ward, in charge after Dean Smith, a man signed by Turner when he was in charge at Hillsborough.

Turner concluded: “It would be good to have a cup run, we had a decent one last year ending with taking 6,000 fans to Derby County in the 4th round and we’d obviously like something like that to happen again, getting into the third round when the big boys come in is a major target.”