Chesterfield: Smith joins Spireites

Chesterfield's new home shirt with, left to right,  Michael Andrews, NAPIT deputy chief executive; Spireites chief executive Chris Turner and NAPIT chief operating officer Martin Bruno
Chesterfield's new home shirt with, left to right, Michael Andrews, NAPIT deputy chief executive; Spireites chief executive Chris Turner and NAPIT chief operating officer Martin Bruno
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Chesterfield are set to confirm the appointment of Mark Smith as their new academy manager.

The former Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Barnsley coach is replacing Dave Bentley at the Proact Stadium.

The 53-year-old, who played half a dozen games on loan at Chesterfield towards the end of his career of 500-plus games, has also held similar jobs at Lincoln and Notts County.

His Barnsley team reached the 2002 FA Youth Cup semi-finals in a run that saw them beat Manchester United.

Smith was caretaker manager at Hillsborough for one game in 2004 in between the reigns of Chris Turner - now the Spireites chief executive - and Paul Sturrock.

He won two promotions as a player with Wednesday and broke a club record by scoring 11 penalties in the 1979-80 season when the team went up.

Spireites loan keeper Mark Kendall saved one of only two spot kicks missed by him that season, in a 3-3 February draw at Hillsborough. His 11th penalty came at Gillingham in April.

Ex-Marine manager Kevin Lynch is also set to join manager Paul Cook’s backroom staff at the Proact Stadium.

Nottinghamshire-based trade association NAPIT are to sponsor the club’s shirts, with the NAPIT logo on the home kit and their ElectricSafe logo on the away strip.

NAPIT operate schemes for installers in electrics, renewable technologies, plumbing, heating and ventilation.

They launched ElectricSafe to help householders to search for registered electricians.

Chris Turner said: “We’re delighted to link up with NAPIT in this new sponsorship deal. We hope it is the start of a long association.”

Martin Bruno, the company’s chief operating officer, said: “I have supported the club all my life and can’t wait to see NAPIT’s name on the shirt next season. It’s an incredibly proud moment for

the company and me.”