Chesterfield: Crossley delighted to be back

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Mark Crossley is delighted to be back at the Proact Stadium as goalkeeper coach.

The former Forest and Wales keeper, who played alongside manager Dean Saunders in those two arenas, said: “I had a great time during my previous spell at the club and I’m delighted that Dean has offered me the chance to come back.

“I’ve already got a head start, having worked with Tommy Lee and Aaron Chapman before.

“I’m looking forward to working with them again.

“It’s also great to be linking up with Dean again because I know how hard he works.”

Since leaving Chesterfield two years ago, he’s been working at Sheffield Wednesday’s academy and at his home town club Barnsley. He takes over the role from Eric Nixon.

Crossley is also expected to work with the reserves, as he did in his last spell at the club.

One man set to stay put is academy manager Gerry Carr.

The man who was Paul Cook’s assistant at Sligo said: “I don’t think it changes anything - I had a good relationship with the former manager and I don’t see why I won’t have a good relationship with the new manager.”

Spireites will play at Ilkeston Town at 7.45pm on Tuesday July 21, giving Rai Simons the opportunity to return to the club Chesterfield recruited him from recently.

Chesterfield are also one of the teams hoping to secure the signing of Ilkeston midfielder Callum Chettle, a deal outgoing manager Paul Cook indicated was all but done before his switch to Portsmouth.

The son of former Forest defender Steve Chettle, he’s been called up for the England C side this week for a friendly in Ireland a week on Monday.