DREW IN DE­SPAIR AT THE SPIREITE EFL EXIT

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Peat

FULL-BACK Drew Tal­bot couldn’t hide his pain af­ter Ch­ester­field dropped out of the EFL and lost man­ager Jack Lester.

Lester took over from Gary Cald­well in Septem­ber but failed to rally his for­mer club as they were of­fi­cially rel­e­gated out of the EFL for the first time since 1921 on Tues­day.

The Ch­ester­field leg­end has now been re­placed by Ian Evatt un­til the end of the sea­son.

But Tal­bot, 31, says he feels guilty for the de­par­ture of Lester as a draw be­tween More­cambe and Cam­bridge con­firmed relegation.

“I texted him, I didn’t think it was ap­pro­pri­ate to ring,” he said. “I apol­o­gised re­ally and just said I felt re­spon­si­ble for what had gone on, in the sense that I’d been brought in to help and we’re still in the same sit­u­a­tion.

“It was a nice mes­sage he sent back. I’ve got mas­sive amounts of re­spect for Jack, from pre­vi­ously play­ing with him.”

The man­ager’s de­par­ture was a sur­prise to Tal­bot and a bit­ter blow.

“I didn’t think it would hap­pen un­til the end of the sea­son, if any­thing was go­ing to hap­pen.

“I didn’t ac­tu­ally think he would go, to be hon­est,” he added.

“We got a text last Sun­day night say­ing we weren’t in for a cou­ple of days and I think that was the writ­ing on the wall that some­thing was go­ing to hap­pen.

“This club is quite close to my heart. It’s quite a sad state of af­fairs.

“I’ve not slept well for weeks. Af­ter the For­est Green game (a 4-1 de­feat last week­end), I was so tired that I got home and sat down­stairs all day.

“I didn’t ac­tu­ally sleep that night.

“I can’t speak for the lads, I hope it does bother them be­cause it should bother them, it’s on their CV for the rest of their ca­reers now.

“It hurts bad.”

MES­SAGE: Drew Tal­bot

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