Caretaker manager Tommy Wright insists it is the perfect time from him to emerge from the shadows of John Sheridan and stamp his authority on the Chesterfield squad. The 46-year-old played second-fiddle to the Mancunian both at the Proact Stadium and at Oldham Athletic, but was asked to fill the void by chief executive Chris Turner following the departure of Sheridan yesterday.
Wright cut his teeth alongside the former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder at Boundary Park, but after six-years as a number two, the Scotsman is hoping he can take his opportunity with both hands.
"It's a privilege to be asked," Wright beamed at the club's press conference ahead of Saturday's trip to Priestfield.
"It's a fantastic football club, just look around you. A lot of people would like to be sat where i'm sat right now, so it's a privilege. There's been a bit of negativity lately, but I think you've got to look at the positives at this club. We've got some good players, a fantastic stadium and fantastic fans.
"We've got a board, who have been very supportive to me even when I was assistant I have always had a great relationship with them. The people around the club have shown me a lot of goodwill and hope that I do well, so i've only had positive aspects since I took over.
"Obviously there's going to be speculation, as there is with every job. I can't affect that, but what I can affect is this football club and how the players play."
Wright takes the hotseat following a difficult start for the Spireites, which has seen them yield just two points from a potential nine in their opening three league fixtures. Chesterfield also bowed out of the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle after an extra-time defeat to Ronnie Moore's Tranmere, but Wright is confident he can bring success back to Derbyshire.
"I'm lucky to have this opportunity and it's a privilege to be sat here because it's a Championship club, or at least top of League One," the interim boss added.
"I can only do my best, and if I fail doing my best then at least i've had a try. But I can assure the fans, it won't be through lack of hard work. I've always enjoyed watching football, some managers over time might tell you that I had too many opinions at times. But it was always something I wanted to do, I love coaching and I love being on the training ground and it's not a chore for me to watch games, I do work hard.
"I don't know if it's a Scottish thing - there's a lot of Scottish managers that seem to do well - whether it is the ethic of working hard or the rough tone of our voice that when we speak people listen, but there does seem to be a lot of Scottish coaches in the game and hopefully I can follow in their footsteps and be as successful. But obviously I have to get results, i'm not naive. I'm confident in my ability and if I get enough time, I'm confident I can bring success back to the club."
The former Leicester winger doesn't have much time to assert his influence on the Spireites either, as Chesterfield travel to early pace-setters Gillingham on Saturday in search of their first win. The transfer window closes on Friday evening and whilst Wright didn't rule out the possibility of further additions to his squad, he confirmed that there will be no further alterations to his managerial staff.
"I've got good backroom staff," Wright revealed.
"Mark's a good coach and Shane will do a bit more. I've asked Jack [Lester] to get involved as well, obviously I want him to focus on playing but he's going to help me and give his opinion because he's got a lot of experience and he's loved here. The fans can relate to him and he knows the game.
"The season we got promoted when he played at home, I thought we got it right. He always looked fresh. But last year, i thought he played to often and he wasn't sharp like he was the year before. But obviously i'll be looking to use him as much as I can, but I know his age and his body. He's wise, he's nobody's fool, Jack. He'll tell me when he's ready.
"I didn't want it in these circumstances, but in the last few months i've been thinking about it and people have spoken to me and it's come about. It's a fabulous chance for me, I know the staff so it's an opportunity for us and one i'm looking forward to trying to take."
Tommy's first press conference as caretaker manager will be available on Spireites Player later today.