Leam Richardson departs Accrington Stanley for Chesterfield roleby Jack Kitson / 30 April 2013, 15:47Tweet
Leam Richardson has become the second League Two casualty in as many days (Torquay sacked Martin Ling on Monday) after opting to follow in the footsteps of Paul Cook and switch Accrington Stanley for Chesterfield. Richardson will reunite with Cook by becoming his assistant at the Derbyshire club, while four members of Chesterfield's backroom staff, including assistant manager Tommy Wright and reserve-team coach Mark Crossley, have been shown the exit door.
Richardson was placed in charge of Stanley back in October after Cook departed for Chesterfield. Shortly after he was handed the job on a permanent basis and in the end led the club to safety with an 18th place finish, just three points above the relegation zone. However, he has decided to end his nearly eight-year associtation with Lancashie, having made over 100 appearances as a player, and with a record of 10 wins, 11 draws and 15 defeats from his 36 matches in charge as manager.
Meanwhile under Cook Chesterfield finished last season an agonising two points adrift of the play-offs, although they ended the campain with a bang after thrashing Exeter City 4-0. Cook and Richardson will now look to improve on this standing and lead the club to a top-7 finish in 2013/14, with Sky Bet pricing the Spireites at 9/1 to win League Two and 2/1 to get promoted.