Saunders snubs Crawley for Chesterfield

Dean Saunders (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150501-114232002
Dean Saunders (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150501-114232002

Dean Saunders will not be Crawley Town’s permanent boss after being unveiled as the new Chesterfield manager this afternoon.

Saunders, who lives in Cheshire, has replaced former manager Paul Cook, who joined Crawley Town’s League Two rivals Portsmouth yesterday, on a two-year deal with the Spireites.

It a blow for Reds, who, despite relegation had vastly improved since the former Wales striker took interim charge at the turn of the year.

Saunders put his name in the hat to take the Crawley job full-time, but said he wanted assurance of a promotion-winning budget to take the role.

He was due to meet the Crawley board at the start of the week, but reportedly the offer from Chesterfield was too good to turn down.

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.”Reds have had in excess of 30 applications for the vacant managerial job and hope to appoint someone next week.