Chesterfield manager Jack Lester says that the Spireites supporters will play a big part in his plans for the club.
In the first of a two-part interview with iFollow, Lester spoke at length about the Town faithful, whose passion and commitment to the team in recent weeks has helped spark the team's good form – which stands at six matches unbeaten in all competitions.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “I’m a big believer in positive energy. Everybody has a part to play and when you come into work feeling that you’re part of what we’re doing, if you add all those one per cents together, it becomes quite powerful.
“I love coming into work and I think that people are enjoying coming into work. There’s a smile on their face, there’s energy and there’s life – everybody is trying to be better than they were yesterday. And why I think that we’re doing better is because we are all part of something and we want to be.”
He continued: “We’re nowhere near where we want to be, we’re not satisfied but we’re definitely making strides. And anybody who wants to be a part of it is going to be and it could be quite special and the last piece of the jigsaw is the fans, because football is nothing without them.
“If I look back at my career, all the best moments were in stadiums, sharing them with the fans, because that’s where the passion comes from. That’s what people want to be part of. Some of the players have not quite experienced what it’s like to be here when you’re doing well in front of a full stadium and when you’re going towards the top of the league and going for promotions.
“The fans have really pulled together so well. I’ve noticed in games where they could have easily left us because the performance wasn’t good enough, but they’ve stuck with us, pulled us through and got us points on the board. So, we need more of the same from everybody. It’s Chesterfield Football Club and whether you’re a fan or you work here, we’re all going in the same direction.”
After last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Mansfield Town, Lester spoke about how the players to "looked after the badge" and he clarified further just how important that is.
“It’s a rivalry, it’s religion, it’s passion and you can’t go into your big rivals as just another game because it’s more than that," he explained.
“It goes back to communities being broken up, so it was important that when we spoke to the players before the game, we educated them on what this is about.
"Everyone knows the two clubs don’t like each other, but why? It’s important that the players understood why the fans were so aggressive, passionate and excited and why it was such a rollercoaster of emotions for the fans because it meant so much.
“So, when we’re going out in Chesterfield, we’re all wearing the same crest and we’ve got to look after that because it matters and the performance must show that it matters. Every game matters of course, but when you go into your rivals you must look after that badge because it means so much to people.”
Since taking over on September 29, Lester’s arrival has sparked an upturn in fortunes for the team after a difficult start to the season. And with no match this weekend, Lester took time to reflect on his opening eight weeks in the job.
He added: “It’s been the start of something that we’d planned. We knew that we were coming into a difficult situation – that was obvious – so it was clear that we had a vision of what we wanted to achieve and a clear process of how we wanted to do it. And we’ve stuck to it and we will moving forward.
“We can’t waiver from that as we’re passionate. It’s very early days, but we’re making good steps and there’s a good feel about the club at the minute.”
Click on the link above to watch the first part of Jack’s interview for free on iFollow.
Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for the second part of his interview, which will be published tomorrow (Sunday).