Ched Evans’ move back to Sheffield United is a ‘very good’ deal for Chesterfield in the eyes of a club director.
Ashley Carson handled negotiations directly with United co-owner Kevin McCabe and revealed that Evans’ desire to play for his country again was one of the driving forces behind the move.
Chesterfield had to be realistic after their relegation, said Carson.
“Ched has been very professional while he’s been here and enjoyed his time at the football club,” said the Spireites company secretary after the deal, thought to be in the region of £500k, was confirmed.
“But we have to be realistic, we’ve been relegated to League Two. He’s still got a career he’s trying to build.
“I know he’s had conversations with the manager of Wales who said he wouldn’t even look at him if he wasn’t in the Championship.
“And there is also potential earnings going forward.
“All these factors come into play. Ched was up for playing here next year, that wasn’t an issue but you’ve got to look at both the best interests of Chesterfield FC and also Ched Evans.”
According to Carson, Chesterfield were hit in the pocket by the strength of the opposition some had when Evans joined last summer.
“Ched came to us, we took risks at the time, there was financial impact in terms of some fans that chose to stay away, sponsors that chose to stay away,” he said.
“But Ched joined us at no cost and we’ve sold him for a fee.
“It’s undisclosed but from where I’m sitting it’s a very, very good deal for the football club.”
Evans, who attracted the interest of other clubs last season, only managed to find the net seven times in an injury-disrupted campaign.
Carson said it was ‘unfortunate’ that the striker’s time as a Spireite hadn’t been more fruitful.
“He’s been brilliant, a complete professional. He’s been excellent with the fans, I’ve seen him on matchdays and he’s been well received by everyone.
“I went on record at the start of the season that he would go down as a hero at Chesterfield but that’s football and some of these things happen. It’s unfortunate and we don’t plan for it.
“He could have been a legend for us but unfortunately it’s not turned out like that and we wish him all the very best in his future.”