Chesterfield appoint Dean Saunders as Paul Cook's replacement

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 13 May 2015, 12:12

Dean SaundersChesterfield have wasted no time in finding a replacement for the departed Paul Cook, after naming Dean Saunders as their new manager on a two-year contract. Cook, as expected, jumped ship to Portsmouth on Tuesday following the Spireites' weekend loss to Preston in the League One play-offs. However, the Derbyshire outfit will now be looking to bounce back next season under Saunders, who left his position at Crawley Town at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

Saunders arrives at the Proact Stadium with plenty of experience, having previously managed the likes of Wrexham, Doncaster, Wolves and most recently Crawley. The 50-year-old took charge of the Red Devils back in December - on an interim basis - but was unable to save the club from relegation down to League Two, which was his third relegation in four seasons (Doncaster in 2012 & Wolves in 2013)...a statistic that no manager wants on his CV.

Meanwhile, former Leeds manager Dave Hockaday currently leads the way to succeed Saunders in the Next Crawley Town Manager Market. Current Whites gaffer Neil Redfearn - whose future at Elland Road is up in the air - is also in the mix for the vacancy, as are the likes of Danny Wilson, Brian Deane and Graham Alexander.

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