Chesterfield: We need more support insists chief exec Turner

Chris Turner
Chris Turner

Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner says the club needs to get more supporters through the turnstiles this season.

Turner, who’s recently been on a trip to the Middle East to try and drum up some financial support for the club said: “Our budget for the season will be reflective of the league we’re in.

“We can’t afford to spend big. Our attendances last season were around 6,000, if they’d have been around 7,000, we’d have been better.

“This season we need an average crowd of around 7,000 and, the more people that come, the more the budget will be improved.”

He added: “One of the difficulties we have is paying the expense of and the upkeep of our stadium; that’s an enormous amount to find.

“I try and work through the best budget I can to give to Paul Cook, but it’s difficult if we don’t get as many people coming to the matches as we’d like.

“We’d like to see the supporters come out in force to see the upcoming matches and we’re being proactive in trying to get more financial assistance into the club.”

While Cook is trying to bring in three or four more faces, Turner says he’s under no pressure to sell: “We’re not in the process of selling our best players.

“That would have a knock-on effect in the new season. We feel we can compete in League One, we feel with just a couple of additions we’ll have the right squad and I’m confident we’ll have the players in place by the time we travel to Leyton Orient.”

The squad are back from a pre-season camp in Portugal and will begin training in earnest tomorrow before visiting Buxton for their first friendly on Saturday (3pm).