When Chesterfield kicked off in League Two last August, the squad and management hit the ground running.
Throughout the season, Paul Cook was constantly striving to improve things, he brought players to the club who he believed were talented, honest and hard working, who could learn and flourish, be influenced and driven to succeed, all this with one eye on League One.
The collective players matured into a winning team, occupying a top three spot for most of the campaign. The step up to League One dictates that players need to be fitter, stronger and slightly better technically.
However, we still have a squad filled with energy, skill, experience and class, who can keep regular clean sheets and produce many differing goalscorers from all over the park.
Therefore, to emulate the success of last year we require goals from the entire team, with four or more players needing to reach double figures for the season, giving us the ability and cutting edge to win matches.
In several games last season, we really struggled to get the ball in the net, appearing to require the services of an out and out goal scorer.
Since then, we have let Marc Richards go, without a true proven goal scorer being recruited to replace him. We need an additional striker who has regularly scored 20 to 30 goals in a season.
I appreciate strikers command big money contracts/wages plus they don’t grow on trees either and we all know the current financial situation at boardroom level - enough said!
I just hope that this is not a big mistake and the undoing of our season. I suppose we all live with the memory of our last spell in League One and the failure to prepare adequately during the closed season last time.
As the old saying goes, fail to prepare - prepare to fail! But let’s think positive. Finally, a call to all Spireites - get to the games, the results will come if we all support together in numbers and voice.
The season is long but it’s all to play for! Good Luck to Paul Cook, his staff and the squad.
By Jon Howes