Hornby discusses new head of recruitment role

Neill Hornby, the club’s new head of recruitment, spoke to 1866 Sport and Spireites+ about his new role with Chesterfield.

He also spoke about what the club need to do that can help them push for promotion back to the EFL.

He said: “I can’t wait to get going – it’s a great club. There’s a lot of work to get done. With the manager and everything we are trying to do, hopefully we’ll get ourselves out of the league next season.

“I was at Burton Albion doing a similar role, head of recruitment, and I got a phone call from Gary Roberts asking me if I was interested.

“I had some meetings, came to a couple of games and accepted the role. It is a challenge. People can say that we are a (Football) League club, but we are not – we are a National League club.

“We need to recruit well, work hard and that should hopefully take us back into the EFL.

Hornby has worked with Burton Albion in their academy and in the first team whilst also having a spell at Ipswich Town as part of their recruitment team.

Following the signing of Branden Horton, he hinted that further incomings could soon be announced.

Hornby said: “We’ve had many a chat. I’ve just come back off holiday; I was on the phone to the manager and the staff most days with agents and players.

“We’re going to arrange some meetings. We’ve got some paperwork to tie up so hopefully things will start moving in the right direction.”

Hornby spoke highly of new signing Horton, saying that he has something to prove and believing he can become a big gain for the Spireites.

“Branden has got EFL experience,” he stated. “He’s a very young player, a very good player.

“It wa surprising that Doncaster let him go. That is their decision and hopefully our gain.”