Chesterfield have sacked manager Danny Wilson following yesterday’s 2-0 loss to Bradford City.

The 57-year-old was appointed in December 2015 as Dean Saunders’ replacement with the Derbyshire club 18th in League One and two points above the relegation zone. Chesterfield finished in 18th place for the 2015/16 season, significantly lower than the previous season where they reached the play-offs.

Wilson, along with assistant Chris Morgan, have now left the Spireites. Director and company secretary Ashley Carson said, “We feel that a change to the management team is necessary at this time to give us the best possible chance of securing our League One status. We hope to be able to announce a new management team soon.

“We would like to thank Danny and Chris for their efforts and wish them all the best for the future.”

Chesterfield are currently 22nd in League One and have won just six in 26 league games this season. Heavy defeats to Sheffield United and Wycombe Wanderers, in addition to 16 league losses this term already, have lead to Spireite fans turning on Wilson.

Ritchie Humphreys has been named caretaker manager and will be assisted by goalkeeper coach Matt Duke. The temporary boss will take charge of his first game in charge on Tuesday in a trip to Luton Town in the EFL Trophy and host relegation rivals Coventry City, who are 23rd, next week in his first league fixture. A win against the Sky Blues could take Chesterfield out of the relegation zone.

The position will be Humphreys first role in management but the 39-year-old holds a UEFA A coaching license.

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