SPIREITES OPINION: League One teams will dread playing us next season, writes Chesterfield fan Josh Marsh

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The last couple of weeks in the life of Chesterfield FC have been an emotional rollercoaster for all involved with the club.

It only feels like yesterday when I was itching with anticipation of seeing my side battling it out with Preston in the play-offs.

Fast forward to now, and we have been subjected to a 4-0 aggregate defeat, our beloved manager, Paul Cook, has departed for a new challenge at Portsmouth and the new man in charge, Dean Saunders, is fighting to keep the squad together.

You can forgive some supporters for feeling upset about how the last couple of weeks have played out.

I personally have only just managed to pick myself back up from the disappointment of seeing Cook leave and I will think myself very lucky if I ever see a standard of football like last season’s at the Proact Stadium ever again.

However, as fans, we must respect Cook’s decision to leave. I had the privilege of chatting to him on a couple of occasions, and his ambition is clear to see.

It is an ambition that unfortunately, our football club cannot fulfil at this point in time. I wish him and his staff all the best at Portsmouth, but fingers crossed he doesn’t poach too many of our players!

Now the dust has settled, I think that there is still plenty to look forward to at Chesterfield.

The immediate reaction from some fans towards Saunders was quite negative but after listening to what he, Dave Allen and Chris Turner have had to say about the appointment, my optimism has been renewed.

I also think that many teams in League One will be dreading playing against us, having shown them all our capabilities last season. Let’s do what we always do as fans, and get behind the lads. Roll on next season!