Written by Alex Ambler
So after the news that Chesterfield Manager Danny Wilson along with his assistant Chris Morgan had been sacked after a phone call between director Ashley Carson and Chairman Dave Allen, Chesterfield are planning to move quickly in terms of finding a replacement as mentioned by Director Carson in this mornings announcement.
Half a dozen names have already been thrown into the mix and the early favourite appears to be Dean Holden. The former Chesterfield player currently stands at 1/2 overtaking former favourite Neil Redfearn as Sky Bet have him at 2/1 to take over the reigns after he made an appearance on local radio station Peak FM for commentary of Chesterfield’s 2-0 loss to Bradford City. As well as Redfearn, footballing legend Les Ferdinand sits fourth in the race at 16/1 behind current caretaker manager Ritchie Humphreys who currently sits at 12/1.
Other outsiders include David Flitcroft, Steve Cotterill and Gary McAllister. Other names thrown around are Gareth Ainsworth of Wycombe and the Cowley brothers who are impressing in the hands of Lincoln City however these deals are unlikely due to Chesterfield being unable to provide compensation packages because of the poor financial position due to Chairman Dave Allen resigning in November (Allen has since agreed to provide financial backing until new owners are found).
As a lifetime Chesterfield supporter, personally I would prefer an experienced manager instead of a recent player with less managerial experience.
For instance, favourite Dean Holden has little managerial experience with his only venture into management being a short spell with Oldham Athletic in 2015. Whereas current runner-up Neil Redfearn has a long and established managerial career recent teams including Rotherham United and Leeds United and during his previously mentioned commentary spell over Chesterfield’s weekend loss, he appeared to speak a lot of sense and openly identified problems within the team during the first 45 minutes.
In terms of my preferred manager, Jimmy-Floyd Hasslebaink stands out to me as last season he took Burton Albion, with a similar financial situation to the Spireites, and set the foundations for what is now a Championship side. However I see this as a very unrealistic outcome due to his profile and this applies to other suggestions such as Gary Caldwell and Les Ferdinand. Our only other option is to let Ritchie Humphreys have a few games, see if there’s a big improvement and you never know, he could be very much in the hat for the job permanently.
Chesterfield fans, who would you like to see appointed? Let us know in the comments below!