Chesterfield’s ‘financial disappointment’

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Spireites’ Chief Executive Chris Turner has added his voice to the club’s stand-still budget debate.

He said: “We had hoped to increase the budget this season but unfortunately one or two things have hit us that financially were disappointing. The playing budget will remain the same as what it was last season.

“We’ve given Paul Cook full support from day one since he’s been here and he has taken this club forward. The players who were signed last summer will most definitely be able to more than hold their own in League One.”

Turner said the manager is under no pressure to sell any star players: “We’re like every club in that every player has a price, but we’re not looking to sell any of our players. If there were any bids for any of the players at our club then we’d have to seriously look at it, but it won’t be to the detriment of the squad. We’re not actively looking to sell anybody and we don’t have to sell anybody.”

Chesterfield host Leeds United this Saturday and Turner indicated that the Yorkshire side have sold in the region of 2,000 tickets. Cook will be starting to work towards a team shape that will be similar to that he’ll select for the opening league game at Orient on August 9.

Most of his starting 11, injuries apart, will already be in his mind with the lone striker role being his trickiest selection dilemma. Eoin Doyle and Armand Gnanduillet will battle it out for the starting spot at Brisbane Road. Both have been amongst the goals in previous build up games, so the Leeds game and next Wednesday’s Aston Villa match will be key to the final piece of the opening day jigsaw.