SPIREITES: Dean Saunders identifies pitfalls of second season syndrome for Chesterfield

Chesterfield FC reveal new team manager Dean Saunders at the Proact Stadium.
Chesterfield FC reveal new team manager Dean Saunders at the Proact Stadium.

Spireites are in danger of falling victim of “second season syndrome” in League One, warns new manager Dean Saunders.

Chesterfield went in to the division on the crest of a wave after winning the League Two title in a season that saw them also reach a Wembley final in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy under Paul Cook.

Saunders is mindful other clubs in the third tier of the English game, as well as relegated sides Blackpool, Wigan and Millwall, will be more aware of how the Spireites will line-up against them.

He will study DVDs of every Chesterfield match played this season just gone over the coming weeks to get more of a feel for his squad and analyse how opposition sides have tried to stop them from playing.

“There’s a danger of a new team coming up in to League One and winning a lot of games because not a lot of people know about you and in the second season they know about you,” he said.

“We have to find another way of winning, if people try to stop us from playing, otherwise you can fall in to the trap of second season syndrome. I’m confident I can come in and improve us.”

Saunders added: “Paul (Cook) did a great job and providing we keep our better players there’s no reason why we can’t do well again.”

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