After finishing at the bottom of League One last season, Chesterfield FC has had a rocky start to the 2017/18 campaign.
Kicking off their first two months with just one league victory over Port Vale back in August, the mood around Proact is unsurprisingly glum.
The club sacked caretaker manager Guy Branston who was appointed as director of recruitment and development back in April and took charge of the club on an interim basis to replace Gary Caldwell, who was sacked just a few hours after their 2-1 home defeat to Accrington, which left them in the relegation zone.
Branston took charge of the Spireites following Caldwell’s departure in mid-September as care-taker manager but left after just two games.
And the hopes of the town fans were given an unsuspecting boost as club legend Jack Lester was appointed manager not even two weeks after Caldwell’s departure.
Former town player Lester joined the club in 2007 from Nottingham Forest, and over his four-year career at Chesterfield bagged 92 goals and made 219 appearances, his personal best at any one club.
He played in the squad who received the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in a 2-1 win over Swindon back in 2012, and won them promotion from league 2 after being named champions for a record fourth time in 2014.
After his retirement, the former striker was appointed as coach at former club, Nottingham Forest’s U18 side, along with a short stint as U23’s coach in 2017 before re-joining the Spireites.
With the addition of Lester who won the league two title with them as a player, Chesterfield are looking to re-gain some status in the league two table.
With Lester leading the way, the Spireites secured a win away at Crawley mid-October to end a run of six successive League Two defeats.
Despite a disappointing start to the season and Chesterfield being in 24th place, the win at the Broadfield Stadium has left the club in high spirits and a more positive vibe is being created at the Proact, ready for the lead up to Christmas and the second half of the season.
Words: Abbey Harmsworth
Picture: Tina Jenner CFC