Spireites fans’ blog: Let’s be realistic, Chesterfield FC are a small club with a small fan base

Chesterfield vs Burnley - Tendayi Darikwa brings the ball forward - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Burnley - Tendayi Darikwa brings the ball forward - Pic By James Williamson

It’s a worrying time to be a spireite at the moment, with the loss of fan favourite Paul Cook and some key players being sold this summer.

Although, nobody wants to lose the likes of Darikwa or Clucas, you have to look at it realistically.

Even though the stature of the club is growing, we are still quite a small team with a small fan base and therefore a small financial backing.

Chesterfield FC simply can’t afford to turn down the money being offered for some players, the fee for Clucas was £1.3 million, a player which we bought for £100,000.

The profit we make on this transfer can help to replace Clucas and buy another player, whilst also paying back some of the debt.

As for Darikwa, he had one year left on his contract and had already handed in two transfer requests, if we don’t sell him now for money, he goes next year for free.

The club didn’t really have any choice but to sell the player. Furthermore, this player was a product of our academy, we should be happy to see him go on to bigger and better things, you can’t fault him for wanting to go and better himself.

Personally, I feel that the teams’ main priority should be keeping hold of Sam Morsy, we should look to build a team around him.

Our whole game seems to go through him, he not only dictates the tempo but his ball retention is great.

Defensively, he breaks the game up well and regains possession for the team.

The interest from the MK Dons is sure to turn his head, he can’t be happy with the quality of the squad at the moment and may be seeking a move elsewhere.

Morsy is also another player with only a year left on his contract, so if he signs a new deal, it would be as good as a new signing for me.

Unfortunately, this is the cruel nature of the modern game, teams who achieve like Chesterfield have over the past two years gain attention from the bigger clubs. Unless your one of the big four in the Premiership, you are always at risk of losing your best players.

Supporters can’t moan at Dave Allan, he has not only invested heavily into the club to give us the squad to reach these heights but also the money to make the move from Saltergate to the Proact.

Our average attendance isn’t good enough to pay off the wage bill and therefore he needs to sell these players.

Personally, I feel we desperately need another centre midfielder to partner Sam Morsey as Ollie Banks isn’t good enough for this level, he is a good squad player whose versatility could be helpful throughout the season.

I also believe we need two wingers, as Dan Gardner isn’t at the required level for league 1 football and neither is Gboly Ariyibi at this current time. These three positions need to be covered and I believe they can be with the money gained from transfers over the summer.

If Drew Talbot can remain fit, he can fit into that vacant right back position with no trouble.

I believe the fans can only be angry if the money isn’t re invested into the squad, because you can’t lose four key players and then not replace them with quality. However, it has to be invested wisely, on young players who are eager to impress and have something to prove.

The fans need to be patient, nobody knew the likes of Clucas and Doyle before we signed them, so there’s no reason to say we can’t find the likes of them again. We have to look around the lower league for some bargains, we can’t afford to be buying players for large amounts of money.

Saunders must be an attraction to some bigger players, his playing career and reputation can only be beneficial to the club when it comes to attracting players, and we’ve already seen an example of this with the signing of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Do you agree or disagree with these views? If you’ve got an opinion on Chesterfield FC why not shout about it by emailing sport@derbyshiretimes.co.uk?