11th June 2017
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Spireites seek stable Summer as Gary Caldwell takes charge.

Another season, another Summer.

Gary Caldwell will make a start to his first pre-season schedule as manager of Chesterfield in a month's time, an important period for both parties as the Spireites look to bounce back from a disappointing League One campaign which ended in relegation to the fourth tier. Despite this, expectations will be high prior to starting this campaign as supporters are in firm belief that the club should be competing at a higher level on a regular basis.

Making a statement of intent, Caldwell has sanctioned four new additions so far and comments from club officials indicate more business is to be done in the near future. Joe Anyon, Scott Wiseman, Bradley Barry and Gozie Ugwu are the four individuals who committed to life in Derbyshire with an eagerness to start preparing for competitive action. After departing Scunthorpe United, Anyon and Wiseman opted for moves to the Proact Stadium whilst Barry arrived from Swindon Town. Ugwu, the most anticipated signing, joined after an impressive season for non-league Woking.

Since the last campaign, a slight increase in confidence has materialised due to four appropriate additions which caused an understandable level of interest. Adding experience, in the form of Anyon and Wiseman, as well as incorporating an energetic forward in the form of Ugwu points to a considered approach in the transfer market on behalf of those involved in the recruitment process. Also, Barry offers a consistent and fresh option in midfield. In terms of building a spine to the side, this is a positive start. Ian Evatt’s contract extension, plus the presence of Sam Hird who is known for being reliable and the development of Jon Nolan are obvious subjects of praise from spectators.

Without doubt, there is more business to be done during this Summer period. Club officials have been open with regards to their pursuit of new faces, not explicit but informing supporters of the process and timescale in each case. It is understandable, as rebuilding the relationship between club and support is of extreme importance at this moment in time. In been transparent, a foundation is formed with the principle of honest dialogue understood between both sides. As ever, time will tell whether or not the Spireites can synchronise on and off-the-field events and reach a balance which switches focus to the efforts for success rather than the factors which are perceived to be a genuine hindrance.

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