Jack Lester returns to Chesterfield as manager

by Jack Kitson / 29 September 2017, 14:49

Chesterfield have appointed club legend Jack Lester as Gary Caldwell’s successor in the Proact dugout, with the 41-year-old becoming the club’s third manager this year.

Following successful negotiations Lester left his post in charge of the Nottingham Forest Under 23s in order to return to the club he scored 94 goals for during a six-year spell between 2007 and 2013.

Earlier in September Caldwell was sent packing after eight months at the helm, during which he recorded only three wins from 29 matches, losing a whopping 18.

The Spireites lost their League One status last season and a sorry start to the current campaign - one win in eight - cost the former Wigan boss his job.

Under caretaker boss Guy Branston Chesterfield lost 1-0 at title favourites Luton and 3-2 to. Branston himself stated that the club desperately needed a manager with experience to come in and haul them out of their rotten rut, however this has not been the case with novice Lester handed the job.

Branston, who has now left the club,  had also previously admitted he wasn’t the right man for the job:

“I ain’t the man for this job, you know that, I’ve said that blatantly because I’m not a Chesterfield legend, I won’t be given time because the fans won’t want me in the building to manage their club - that’s their opinion - and I didn’t come here to do this job.

(Quotes from The Star)

Lester led Forest’s U18s to the 2015/16 Professional Development League title, before stepping up to the U23s at the start of last season. If his matches in charge of the U23s are anything to go by then Chesterfield fans can expect a glut of goals, with his final nine games containing a staggering 46 goals.

Lester’s immediate task will be steering the Spireites out of the League Two relegation zone, starting with a clash against 16th-placed Cheltenham on Saturday, followed by fixtures with Lincoln, Morecambe and Crawley.


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