Robbo returns!

Robbo returns!

Gary Roberts has rejoined the Spireites after seven years away as part of Paul Cook’s coaching team.

He takes his second coaching job as first-team coach after spending nine months at Ipswich Town last year with Cook.

The former midfielder spent time in north Derbyshire between 2013 and 2015 and was an integral part of the squad during Cook’s first reign as manager.

Roberts played 89 times for Chesterfield and accumulated 19 goals and 23 assists, becoming a firm fans’ favourite in the process.

During his two years with the Blues, Roberts was part of the team that won League Two, reached the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final and got to the League One play-offs.

Individually, he also won League Two Player of the Month for August 2013, a place in the 2013/14 PFA Team of the Year and the 2013/14 League Two Player of the Year.

The 38-year-old had spells with the likes Accrington Stanley, Ipswich Town, Huddersfield Town and Swindon Town before moving to the Technique Stadium.

After leaving Chesterfield, Roberts followed Cook to Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic; he eventually called time on his career after a spell at Bala Town and a return to Accrington Stanley.