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Chesterfield appoint Dean Saunders as new boss to replace Paul Cook


Former Wolves and Doncaster manager Dean Saunders has been appointed as Chesterfield manager to replace Paul Cook

Cook  left the Spireites earlier this week to join Portsmouth after taking the club to the League One play-offs, where they were beaten 4-0 on aggregate by Preston.

Saunders, 50, ended the season as interim manager of Crawley Town, where he oversaw an improvement in the club’s results but was ultimately not able to keep them in League One.

He was previously manager of Wrexham, Doncaster Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers and was first-team coach at Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. He also spent three years as Wales’ assistant-manager under John Toshack.

Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner said: “When chairman Dave Allen and I met Dean, it was clear that he shared our vision for the future of the club. He has infectious enthusiasm for the job and he is in the enviable position of joining a club with solid foundations.”

Saunders said: “It is a great opportunity as this is a club on the rise, run by good people, and I am inheriting a very good team from Paul Cook. 

“Taking over now gives me a full pre-season to make a fresh start, put my plans in place and work with the squad, which is a great position to be in. 

“The profile of the club has been raised in the last few years and there has been an impressive increase in attendances so it is an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get started.”

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