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Chesterfield tighten budget

Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen has revealed that boss Paul Cook will be given a reduced budget to recruit new players this summer.

The Spireites gained promotion from League Two in fine fashion by topping the table, finishing three points ahead of Scunthorpe and Rochdale, but their exploits on the pitch were not reflected by a surge of interest in the stands.

Allen said on the club's official website: "The budget available to Paul to spend on the recruitment of new players was affected by disappointing attendances last season and the poor turn-out for the two concerts staged at the stadium over the summer.

"We averaged crowds of just over 6,000 last season, which was around 1,000 down on the figure we budgeted for. This was disappointing when you consider the fact that we were in the top three for most of last season, playing some attractive football.

"We expected to attract more revenue than the amount received for the two concerts and the historic debt associated with the relocation to the new stadium four years ago also has to be serviced.

"The knock-on effect of the loss of revenue is that we have had to do some prudent house-keeping to ensure that the problem is kept in check."

With mouth-watering match-ups against the likes of Sheffield United and Doncaster to come next season, Allen is urging supporters to get behind their team as they seek to stabilise in League One.

"We recruited players last summer with one eye on League One and other players brought in during the course of the season were also signed in the knowledge that they would be able to make the step up," he added.

"We have a squad of players who are more than capable of competing effectively in League One and I would urge you to give them your full support."