SPIREITES OPINION: New boss Dean Saunders has one of the toughest jobs in football, writes Chesterfield fan Lesley Brentnall

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They say a week is a long time in football and that certainly is the case for Spireite fans this month.

Very quickly after winning the League Two title in May 2014 the team were tipped for relegation with hardly anyone predicting the season that followed.

Unexpected participants in the League One play-offs and witnessing some of the most breath-taking football at the same time left all fans on a high. This good feeling began to decline as news emerged of a shock interest from Portsmouth from Paul Cook and the achievements of the players was quickly deflected.

A disappointing defeat in the semi-finals against Preston was the starting point for a very tough week.

Before we had even left Lancashire it had been reported that one of the most loved managers in the Spireites history had left, leaving many fans downbeat and panicking for the future.

As usual it is the fans that suffer. As swiftly as Cook had a left, a new manager was in place. Dean Saunders has one of the toughest jobs in football to follow such a successful act and at the time he was appointment many fans, myself included, felt the best opportunity to see Championship football had passed.

However some very good interviews from Saunders have started to build optimism. I am a firm believer that football is about the dream that any underdog can have its day. It’s going to be a big few weeks in terms of player retention and boosting the fans to ensure the gate levels remain the same. Who knows we might do it the automatic way next season! Good Luck Dean you have some of the best fans in the country supporting you now!