Spireites chief executive Chris Turner outlines club’s philosphy

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Chesterfield are a club moving in the right direction, says chief executive Chris Turner.

The sale of top scorer Eoin Doyle to Cardiff City on transfer deadline day at the start of February split opinion among some sections of supporters.

The Spireites moved quickly to bring in reinforcements, which included the addition of forward Caolan Lavery on loan from neighbours Sheffield Wednesday.

And, having kept the majority of the League Two title winning team together, Turner believes the sale of players is part and parcel of a club’s progress.

“Paul (Cook, Chesterfield manager) and the management have assembled an excellent squad,” he said. “Wherever we finish this season, it’s been a good one a positive one and we’re moving the club forward. The squad evolves, people come and go, it’s part of football.

“Football is a very expensive game and costs an enormous amount of money. When one person is sold you must replace them and we move forward again.

“For a long period of time Chesterfield have never been a club that develops players, sells players and moves forward. That’s the goal for everyone at the club.

“Paul Cook and Paul Mitchell, along with the management team, have brought excellent young players to the club over the last two years.”

And part of the club’s progress is the development of its young players, Turner continued.

“When I came to the club there were no youth team players signed on as professionals,” said Turner. “Players would walk out after four months of signing professional forms. We have to develop our own. We have got one of the best youth teams in category three football.

“We are really strong and the current run is a magnificent achievement. This is the future of the club. Youth football is very important, we want them to supplement the first team squad and have first team debutantes from the academy.

“Players have left in the past for other neighbouring clubs in the area, we want young footballers from Chesterfield playing for their home town club. That’s something Paul (Cook) wants as well and is our future.”

League One Results

Tuesday: Coventry 1 Bradford 1; Yeovil 0 Bristol City 3.

Saturday: Barnsley 3 Walsall 0; Coventry 2 Port Vale 3; Crawley 1 Bristol City 2; Crewe 2 Scunthorpe 0; Gillingham 1 Doncaster 1; MK Dons 0 Preston 2; Peterborough 1 Leyton Orient 0; Rochdale 2 Colchester 1; Sheffield United 1 Fleetwood 2; Swindon 3 Notts County 0; Yeovil 2 Oldham 1.