I question Martin Allen’s judgement on players brought in to Chesterfield

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for Chesterfield FC it does — building firm Tomlinsons pulls out of sponsoring the club’ shirts and the scoreboard.

Is this just a minor issue that can be solved by Ashley Carson or the sound of a lifeboat leaving the Titanic before it sinks?

Certainly the terminology used by Tomlinsons is not the language usually used in corporate speak and sounds more like a firm which is livid at having its name dragged through the mud.

Presently most fans are at a loss to know what Martin Allen’s best team or formation is, or even if there is one.

OK, the non-losing run is over if that’s what you call it, Grimsby were poor and we were worse (in Sunday’s FA Cup 2-0 defeat),

Bromley were a pub side and we couldn’t break them down. On the BBC FA Cup highlights Stockport County lost to Barnet — the chilling fact was that the commentator referred to Stockport as a part-time team containing PE teachers in their ranks. If nothing changes for the better at the Proact that’s where we are heading.

Martin Allen says he has been promised money to spend, but when you look at the quality of some of the players brought in you have to question his judgement.

We’ve brought in part-timers Denton and Shaw from the division below and has-beens like Nelson, Reid, Weston and Fortune. You can argue forever and a day if any of them have been any good or not, but we sit in the relegation zone of the National League, only able to score one goal a game in the league.

On a bizarre note, a previous incumbent of the Proact hotseat, Gary Caldwell, has now got himself another job in football, much to the amazement of many Spireites.

Gary is now at Partick Thistle and has steered them to second bottom of the Scottish Championship without a win in their first five games.

In a move that would make Martin “Mad Dog” Allen look normal, Caldwell arranged for his entire team to get kidnapped by the SAS.

He took his side off to the West of Scotland to an army base. They took part in a team-bonding exercise, which involved running round the hills from one activity to another. After a gruelling day in the Highlands, the team bus was then unexpectedly mock-kidnapped by the SAS.

The footballers ended up blindfolded and locked up in total darkness. One of them, Brice Ntambe, ran away and had to be dragged back by four soldiers, and another ended up crying.

Caldwell has told his players to “get comfortable being uncomfortable” when at the Proact he might as well have told the fans to get comfortable being relegated.