Spireites chairman Dave Allen says Dean Saunders was the only man for the job.
After unveiling the former Blades striker as Chesterfield’s new manager, Allen said: “During the period from the club being approached by Portsmouth to Paul Cook leaving, we’d identified our next manager.
“We haven’t interviewed loads of people and we selected Dean Saunders because we believe he can do a job for us. When I say ‘do a job’, that means get us into the Championship and manage us in the Championship.”
Saunders, who’s taken on some mighty challenges in his time as a manager, indicated he was pleased to be coming into a stable environment.
The Welshman said: “It’s good to be coming into a club that’s in a normal situation. The club’s profile has gone up a lot over the last few years - new stadium, good people in charge and the club’s moving forwards. The team’s good, there’s a good squad of players. I’m starting fresh and when I’ve had a chance to do that I’ve done well.
“I’m not walking into another mess where it’s really difficult to change things around. I’m starting fresh with a group of players who just missed out in the play-offs having played well all season. There aee good footballers in the team, so I need to try and add to that - keep the good bits and try and improve other things without spending fortunes.”
On his preferred playing style, Saunders added: “There’s more than one way to win a game. You can only do what the opposition let you do, but I want the team to play good football. I like standing on the touchline and watching good football, but I enjoy winning more.
“You can’t play well every week. We’ve good footballers here, but you need something to fall back on if it’s not going well. You sometimes need to roll your sleeves up; all the good teams do. I’ll put that into them so we can win when we don’t play well.”
Asked if he’ll be keeping the current squad together, he said: “I expect Paul to try and tempt a few to Portsmouth, but I won’t be giving anyone away ... well, not anyone I like!”