One of the major criticisms certain fans have surrounding managers in both the Premier League and the Football League is the fact that many of them do not have the required knowledge of the club they are managing, or lack experience of English football.
Those views cannot be applied to Chesterfield’s new manager Jack Lester however, the former striker enjoying a 20-year professional career in England, starting at Grimsby Town and ending at Gateshead in the Conference.
One of the clubs he played for inbetween those spells was the Spireites, Lester emerging as a fan favourite during his 6 years at the Proact Stadium, scoring 94 goals in total. He had his number, 14, retired following his departure from the club in 2013 due to his success.
Since his retirement in 2014, Lester has spent three years as under 18s coach at Nottingham Forest, with his side having won 4 of their opening 5 games this season including a 4-0 thrashing of Bristol City’s U18s.
The 41-year-old has no senior managerial experience, so the move represents a gamble on behalf of Chesterfield’s owners, but the experience and passion for the club, alongside the success at Forest that Lester brings may well change their fortunes.
Chesterfield have had four permanent managers in the last two seasons following the departure of Paul Cook after the 2014/15 season, with the first appointment, Dean Saunders, lasting just 6 months.
Former player Danny Wilson then took over and lasted until 2017, but he was sacked with the club deep in the relegation zone and replaced with former Wigan boss Gary Caldwell, but he was unable to prevent relegation and was himself sacked prior to the board bringing in Lester.
The club and it’s fans will hope that Lester’s appointment will decrease the turnover of managers at the Proact, with Lester’s status at the club surely meaning that Chesterfield will be more likely to give him time to implement his ideas on a squad that is currently short on confidence.
If the fans can get behind Lester and he is given time to enforce his own playing style, the former Spireites striker could be the man to bring the good times back to Chesterfield.
What do you think Chesterfield fans? Is Jack Lester the man to change the fortunes of your club & potentially push for promotion? Post your thoughts & opinions below!