The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Dan Barnes

CLUB leg­end Jack Lester was on Fri­day un­veiled as the new Ch­ester­field man­ager – and the for­mer Spireite is al­ready plan­ning on leav­ing a legacy in Der­byshire.

Lester made over 200 ap­pear­ances in his six-year spell at the club as a player, scor­ing 94 goals.

Since hang­ing up his boots, the now 41-year-old has been coach­ing, most re­cently with the Not­ting­ham For­est academy.

But his first se­nior man­age­rial role will be back at the club where he be­came a firm fans’ favourite.

“I am re­ally proud to have been given this op­por­tu­nity and I’m aim­ing to build some­thing spe­cial,” said Lester.

Ch­ester­field di­rec­tor and com­pany sec­re­tary Ash­ley Car­son ex­plained the think­ing be­hind the de­ci­sion to ap­point Lester, who will be as­sisted by Nicky Eaden.

He said: “I spoke to a num­ber of peo­ple who ex­pressed in­ter­est in the job and it soon be­came clear that Jack was the out­stand­ing can­di­date.

“Jack has im­pressed at the start of his coach­ing ca­reer as part of Not­ting­ham For­est’s highly re­spected academy set-up and he now feels ready to take on the chal­lenge of a man­age­rial role. He has the hunger and de­sire to suc­ceed in man­age­ment and he has set out his vi­sion for the fu­ture of the club.

“As some­one who al­ready has the re­spect of the fans from his time as a player at the club, I am sure that Jack will re­ceive all the back­ing he needs from the sup­port­ers as he em­barks on his man­age­rial ca­reer. Jack’s re­turn will hope­fully her­ald the start of an up­turn in the for­tunes of the club.”

Club owner Dave Allen added: “It’s an ex­cel­lent de­ci­sion and I feel sure that his in­fec­tious en­thu­si­asm, along with his at­ten­tion to de­tail and ex­pe­ri­ence in the game, will help to lift the club out of its present po­si­tion.”

BOSS: Jack Lester

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