Spireites: Chesterfield assistant manager Leam Richardson looks ahead to new challenge

Leam Richardson
Leam Richardson

Leam Richardson is looking forward to renewing his working relationship with Paul Cook.

The 33-year-old, who stood in the dugout alongside Cook for 11 months at Accrington Stanley, followed in his footsteps to Chesterfield to become assistant manager.

And Richardson said it was a ‘perfect partnership’.

He said: “We have the same ethos and theory on the game. My work ethic is very good, as is his, and we hope that trickles through to the staff and the players.

“I learned a lot in a short space of time with Paul and we have a very good working relationship.

“We’re both opinionated in a good way and know the league inside-out.”

Richardson took charge of Accrington when Cook joined the Spireites last October, and guided them to League Two safety with a game to go.

He believes the experience will stand him in good stead.

“It whetted my appetite and I enjoyed every single minute of my time at Accrington,” he added.

“I’m a confident person and I feel like I can help move Chesterfield forward in the coming year. The decision was really tough and I made a lot of friends at Accrington.

“The job was very difficult up there. The financial situation was difficult but I got the chance to really get my teeth into it.

“Everything was against us, we had to get our heads down, work hard and we played some good football along the way.

“When the call did come (from Chesterfield) I made my mind up quite swiftly. People may think it’s a sideways step but I feel this is the best way forward for my career.”

Richardson began his playing career at Blackburn Rovers before joining Bolton Wanderers. After a two-year spell at Blackpool, he joined Accrington in 2005 and made over 100 appearances for the Lancashire club.

Four operations in 18 months on a troublesome hernia convinced him it was time to cross the white line.

And after spending five minutes at the Proact Stadium, he knew it was the right place for him to be.

He said: “Chesterfield is a fantastic club that should be knocking on the door of the Championship, and hopefully we can go about doing that swiftly.

“The infrastructure already in place here is impressive and the ambition of the chairman and the chief executive is that they want to be up there.

“I’m young myself and enthusiastic about progressing my own career. I want to be in that same place.”

Richardson replaced Tommy Wright, who left the club on Monday as part of a backroom re-shuffle, which saw reserve team coach Mark Crossley, development coach John Dungworth, kit man Kurt McDermott and long-serving youth coaches Dave Bentley and Mark Jules also leave the club.

Cook said: “I’m delighted to have been able to bring in Leam. He has great knowledge of League Two as a player, assistant manager and manager and I’m sure he’s going to be a great asset to our club.”