Ready for the fightback '“ Eyre gearing up for League Two battle

Chesterfield are gearing up for a major fightback according to newly appointed assistant manager Steve Eyre.

Wednesday, 17th May 2017, 3:18 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:31 pm
Chesterfield assistant manager Steve Eyre (Pic: Tina Jenner)

But the former Manchester City coach insists the Spireites will give League Two every respect as they attempt to win promotion back to the division they’ve just dropped out of.

Eyre, who joined boss Gary Caldwell in February as a first team coach, was confirmed as the new number two at the Proact last Friday.

He’s determined to help Caldwell drag the Spireites back to League One and instill a winning culture at the club once again.

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The man who left Huddersfield last November admits he was itching to get back into football so the invite from Caldwell earlier this year was timely.

And he feels Town are a good fit for him.

“I wanted it to be the right club, the right manager and the right location and a lot of things fitted,” he said.

“I came in at a difficult time for the club but I’m eager to step up. My ambitions fall in line with Gary’s, to take the club back up.”

Eyre hopes that the way people talk about the relegated club will soon be very different.

“The football team hasn’t been good enough to stay in League One but we want people very quickly to be saying that it’s too good for League Two,” he said.

“We will try and formulate an attractive style to win but recognise that adapting to win is what the best football teams do.

“The club needs to become a winning club again, filled with energy and people who don’t take disappointment too easily.

“Each day will be a learning day but the club has to learn how to win again regularly, then go harder from there.

“We will respect League Two and its challenges, but we’re here to win and constantly improve.

“A setback must be the trigger for a fightback.”

Caldwell has spoken a number of times about the need to improve the atmosphere around the club and replace negativity with positivity.

Eyre obviously agrees and sees the coming season as the perfect time to reverse the downard spiral.

“It’s a great chance for the whole club to reset,” he said.

“Hopefully by this time next year we’ll have fully reset.

“Everyone has to play their part for us to be successful again.

Eyre met with Caldwell, head of recruitment and development Guy Branston and director Ashley Carson last week to discuss potential signings and pre-season plans.

Once the right targets have been established and, if things go to plan, brought to the Proact, the coaching staff can begin moulding them into a team capable of competing.

The assistant boss said: “We’re discussing players all day, transcripts of conversations, emails, getting around and watching games and speaking to players.

“I’m looking forward to helping with the recruitment and developing the players, making them great individual players for Chesterfield Football Club.

“I am relishing the challenge and the prospect of working for the manager, the club and the supporters who have been brilliant with me since I joined.”