Former Chesterfield striker Kevin Davies linked with a return as managerby Jack Kitson / 19 September 2017, 11:57Tweet
Chesterfield became the third club in England’s top-4 leagues to wield the dreaded axe over the weekend after the League Two outfit gave Gary Caldwell the boot 10 matches into the new season.
The sacking kick-started an explosive 90 minutes in the managerial arena, with both Harry Redknapp (Birmingham) and Michael Brown (Port Vale) also losing their jobs on Saturday night.
Caldwell paid the price for a sluggish start to the campaign in which he picked up just one victory from 10 league and cup matches, losing on seven occasions, including an ultimately costly 2-1 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley.
The loss left Chesterfield 23rd in the fourth tier, with a measly five points from eight matches.
The Spireites, who are looking to avoid consecutive relegations, have subsequently started the search for their third boss of 2017 as they bid to kick-start what has been a shocking season to date.
Rookie boss Jack Lester, 41, has been installed as the early 6/4 favourite to replace Caldwell in the dugout. The Nottingham Forest U23 head coach made nearly 200 appearances for Chesterfield as a player, scoring 92 goals, and is now being hotly linked with a return to his former stomping ground.
Veteran Football League manager Martin Allen is next in the running at 6/1, while Owen Coyle can be found at 16/1, however it’s Kevin Davies who catches the eye at 12/1 in the betting.
Davies began his playing career at Chesterfield back in 1993 aged just 16, scoring 30 goals in 129 games through to his departure in 1997. The striker went on to play for the likes of Southampton, Blackburn, famously Bolton, and then Preston, while he made one appearance for England in 2010 - becoming the country’s oldest debutant since Leslie Compton (38) in 1950.
Could Chesterfield now take a chance on their former forward, who has no managerial experience to speak off, but could well provide the boost the club so desperately needs.