Loan players on back burner

Chesterfield FC are aiming to win back their place in League One next season by using as few loan players as possible.

The Spireites will only be venturing into the loan market in emergencies next season as John Sheridan aims to guide the club back into League One at the first attempt after suffering relegation.

The new policy on loan players was announced at the fans’ forum on Bank Holiday Monday when 300 supporters attended the evening event at the B2net.

Club owner Dave Allen said: “We are not having any loan players next season. We will have 20 outfield players and two goalkeepers.

“What we pay will put us in the top six of the teams next season

“There are one or two very interesting names that we are going to try and get.’’

Although Mr Allen refused to name names, he said the club was looking to make three key signings over the summer.

He said: “We need a 20-goal striker, a quality midfielder and a quality centre back who can play alongside Neal Trotman.’’

Mr Allen added that nobody at the club would be going on holiday until ‘we get what we want’.

Meanwhile, Sheridan acknowledged that one of the reasons why the team finished in the bottom four was that he used too many players and changed his team too often.

He said he tried to bring in strikers to replace Craig Davies and Deane Smalley but found it difficult and signed Leon Clarke on loan and Craig Westcarr from Notts County.

He told supporters: “I do not like to bring in loan players. Too many players were used and it was a big downfall of ours.

“I changed the team too often and had too many players.

“I’ve got to hold my hands up. I did not work hard enough and we have paid the price.’’

Another shortcoming of Sheridan’s team was its tendency to concede ‘soft’ goals.

The manager said: “That was our biggest downfall. We have worked at it but we have let in some soft goals.

“You give people instructions before the game but things happen quickly in games.

“We have been a very soft touch and we need to improve in that department.

“I never had a settled side, we had too many changes.

“You have a solid base if you play the same back four but we were vulnerable and we had one of the worst records whenever we went ahead.’’

Sheridan said he had learned lessons from the experience of this season which would stand him in good stead for the 2012/13 campaign.

He said: “I was too loyal to my players after winning the championship. I kept some and did not use them and I feel it was a bad mistake. It will not happen again.

“There is a lot of frustration, I did not celebrate the JP Trophy win. It did not mean anything to me. I wanted to stay in League One.

“But I am not going to hide, I’m going to stand up and be counted.’’

Mr Allen said next year’s playing budget would be close to £1.4m, which would be among the top six in League Two.

He was also confident that next season would see Chesterfield promoted.

Mr Allen said: “In the first year at this fabulous new ground we won a championship and the JP Trophy this year.

“You do not become a bad manager overnight. John is an excellent coach and I have every confidence that he will get us out of this league next year.’’