Danny Wilson early favourite to return to Chesterfield as manager

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 30 November 2015, 11:32

Danny WilsonDanny Wilson has been installed as the early favourite to return to the dugout with managerless Chesterfield. The 55-year-old, who made 100 appearances for the club during his playing days, is the 11/4 frontrunner in the betting following Saturday's sacking of Dean Saunders.

The League One outfit parted ways with Saunders after a 4-0 battering at the hands of Swindon, which left the Spireites 16th in the table, just four points above the relegation zone.

Chairman Dave Allen decided the time was right to make a change, but is refusing to be rushed into making a quick appointment at the Proact Stadium, meaning this particular market has the potential to drag on for some time.

However, at the time of writing it's former player Wilson who is grabbing the attention at the summit of the betting. The former Northern Ireland midfielder played for the Spireites in the early 1980s, while he has been in-and-out of the managerial arena since 1994.

Highlights include leading Barnsley up to the Premier League, guiding Hartlepool up to League One, and hoisting the Football League Trophy with Bristol City. However, Wilson's last job - his second spell at Barnsley - ended in disappointment back in February following a poor run of results.

Wilson may be the early favourite, but it is by no means a one-horse race, with Spireites player Ritchie Humphreys, the out-of-work Nigel Clough, Chris Turner and Brian Deane also in the mix. Meanwhile, Mark Smith has been named as the club's caretaker manager.

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