Gary Caldwell knows Chesterfield have a lot of work to do in pre-season

Spireites boss Gary Caldwell admits the club have a lot of work to do as they plot a return to League One at the first attempt.

Friday, 21st April 2017, 7:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:40 pm
Chesterfield FC v Southend, Gary Caldwell

Chesterfield have suffered a season to forget with Danny Wilson and Gary Caldwell both unable to change the club’s fortunes around.

Said Caldwell: “We have a lot of work to do over the summer. I ask the fans to come together because if we don’t the club will fail.

“I don’t think the players don’t show passion. I am a passionate man. Trust me these players want to do well and so do I.

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“We will be back in on the 19th of June and will be the first team back in the country.

“The academy is doing a fantastic job and we aren’t going to be selling any assets.”

Spireites will kick off their new campaign with a pre-seaon friendly against Championship side Sheffield United on 18th July.

Caldwell was speaking during a fans question and answer session on Thursday night.

Director Ashley Carson also revealed Spireites are losing £1m a year currently, with the deficit being plugged by player sales and a £1.2m cash injection throughout the year from Dave Allen.

He also confirmed Chesterfield received £300,000 from Nottingham Forest for the sale of Gboly Ariybi, just three momnths after they had turned down an £800,000 bid from Brentford.

It was also revealed the club has sold just 350 season tickets so far for their League Two campaign.