Chesterfield crisis: Wilson still up for the fight, hopes fans will pack Proact for Bristol Rovers clash

Dave Allen flanked by his fellow directors, CEO Chris Turner and manager Danny Wilson at the Chesterfield AGM, shortly before he resigned
Dave Allen flanked by his fellow directors, CEO Chris Turner and manager Danny Wilson at the Chesterfield AGM, shortly before he resigned

Danny Wilson is just as up for the fight as ever despite a turbulent week at Chesterfield Football Club.

And the Spireites boss hopes fans will turn out in their droves a week on Saturday for the visit of Bristol Rovers, to provide both a cash boost and a confidence lift to the ailing club.

He might have seen most things in football, but Wilson has never experienced a situation like the one that has erupted at the Proact this week.

On Monday night he was sat just to the right of majority shareholder Dave Allen when the owner dropped a bombshell about resigning as chairman.

Since then it has emerged that the club is facing a dire cashflow problem and concerns have been raised about possible administration.

Wilson admits it’s an uncertain time for Town, but he has no plans to jump ship.

“I don’t think I’ve taken any job that didn’t come with its problems,” he said.

“This is no different.

“It might be a different area but you always come across a lot of problems.

“My resilience is tested every day of the week, I promise you that.

“It’s never waned and it’s not about to wane now. In fact it might get even stronger.”

He’s hoping supporters will show similar resolve by snapping up tickets to fill the stadium for Chesterfield’s next home game on 26th November.

“We need anything at this moment in time,” he said at today’s press conference.

“We need an injection of confidence, we need an injection of cash, we need an injection of a feelgood factor.

“However we get that, we’ll take it all day long. The players will take it all day long.

“If we can get 8,000 or 10,000 in here because of the situation we’re in that would be absolutely brilliant.”

The manager says he enjoys a very good relationship with Allen, the chairman who brought him in on Christmas Eve last year.

And he says he’s baffled by criticism of the Sheffield businessman, given the amount of money Allen has ploughed into the club.

“The one thing that I’ve got, fortunately, with the experience I’ve got, you get to understand how football club finances work,” he said.

“Who and what type of area the money is coming from.

“From our point of view you need a benefactor. Clubs of our size it’s difficult in this league to survive. People have to keep writing a cheque and that’s what he’s done.

“I find it very hard to understand how people can criticise individuals for doing that, I really can’t see how they can criticise someone who wants to help your club by putting money in.

“But that’s not just this football club, you’ve seen the same at lots of clubs up and down the country, at Charlton – baying for the head of someone who’s put £30m into the club.

“Wow. Who’s going to come along and put £30m in your club and not ask for anything back apart from heading your club up?

“I find it astonishing that people can be criticised but that’s the nature of football.”

It came as just as much of a shock to Wilson when Allen announced his departure on Monday night and in the confusion that ensued there was a suggestion that discussion of football matters still take place.

Wilson said it was the board’s decision to halt the meeting and he agreed with their feeling that it wouldn’t be appropriate to talk tactics in the situation and atmosphere that was developing.

“The question was never asked me, that was put to the fans,” he said. “I said it was down to the board, if they wanted me to stand and talk that was fine. But it didn’t happen.

“They wanted to close the meeting down.

“I read somewhere I was asked to do that and I refused, I did not refuse at all. I said it was down to the board, they needed to take a decision on whether they wanted the meeting to go on.

“Under those circumstances they suggested it wasn’t the right time and I totally agreed. There was a lot of people in the meeting who were very frustrated and you won’t get anything positive to talk about then.”