Wright wants top job for himself

Chesterfield v Tranmere Rovers Tommy Wright
Chesterfield v Tranmere Rovers Tommy Wright

Chesterfield FC have received more than 60 applications from would-be managers - but Tommy Wright wants to make the job his own.

Wright took charge last week as caretaker manager following the removal of John Sheridan and did well in his first game in charge by earning a 1-1 at Gillingham who previously had not dropped a point.



He said: “I have enjoyed it so far and if everything goes well, I hope to be having a talk with Chris Turner and Dave Allen.

“I will give it all I can. I think the players respect me and I think they are behind me.’’

Wright said he was startled when he heard that Sheridan had been removed from his post.

He said: “When John told me I was shocked and Chris asked me to take over. John has given me his blessing and being professional you have to deal with these things.’’

Chesterfield took the lead at Gillingham through Craig Westcarr before Danny Kedwell pulled the home side level.

After receiving a second yellow card deep into injury time, Westcarr received his marching orders

Wright thought the Spireites deserved to bring home maximum points.

He said: “Gillingham are strong and physical and can be dangerous from set plays and the long ball.

“We created the clearer cut chances and I think we coped well with their set plays.’’

Although, Chesterfield were unable to bring in any new faces before the transfer window closed Friday, Wright still hopes to strengthen his squad.

And he is still keeping tabs on former Leicester midfielder Franck Moussa who is currently without a club.

Wright said: “I’m still looking for players and the reason I mentioned Moussa is because he is a free agent.

“I spoke to his agent and Franck wants to leave it a bit longer. If nothing has developed in a week or two I might try again.’’

Moussa, 23, was born in Belgium and was with Leicester City last season when he had a loan spell at Chesterfield which yielded four goals from ten appearances.

Moussa completed his pre-season build-up with Nottingham Forest but the City Ground club did not offer him a contract and he is now biding his time.

Wright would like to add extra width to his options.

He said: “I think a wide player with a bit of pace would improve the balance of the squad.

“We can be challengers this year with one or two additions. But it is one of the most difficult second divisions for a long time. It’s tough.’’