Gary Caldwell believes that securing the manager’s job at Chesterfield has helped him re-discover his motivation.
Following a successful first full season in management with Wigan Athletic – where he guided the Latics to the League One title – Caldwell was dismissed in October, and admits he couldn’t wait to get back into management.
He said: “You do miss it, every day when you’re not working, you wake up and you’re thinking what am I going to do today? There’s only so long that you can go to the gym and it wears off very quickly. And you go through the phase of thinking what am I going to do?
“You try and watch football, but the motivation is pretty low to do that at the end of it because there’s nothing to do at the end of that.
“Then this opportunity came and I got the job and the motivation goes right up again to thinking of training, preparing for games and you go from zero to 100 very quickly, it’s great to be back in."
And the Spireites boss has wasted little time in getting back into the day to day routine of management.
“I really enjoyed the game on Saturday and then I enjoyed analysing it, working on that and seeing how we can get together and improve and prepare this week to do that,” he said.
“You can have all of the plans in the world in your head, but in football management you have to use intuition and look at the group every day.
“I can come in with a great plan, and I can come in and see the players and for some reason think that that plan isn’t right for that day, and I have to be able to adapt for those players.
“I have loads of things in my head that I want to do and I want to get across to the players and I can’t get that across in one day of one week, it’s going to take a long time.”
Each manager has a different way of working, so how does Caldwell view his style?
He explained: “As a manager, I think I’m pretty fair, I’m honest with people and I’ll tell people if they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, but I think I’m quite easy going.
“I set standards about the football club, but I like to think that people enjoy coming into work and the environment I try and create.
“Hard work is the start of anything, if you want to be successful then you’ve got to be willing to work hard.”
At 34-years-old Caldwell, is the youngest manager in Sky Bet League One, having only retired from playing in 2015.
And with only recently retiring from professional football, Caldwell is very much in tune with the modern day footballer, which he rightly sees as a key factor in his role.
“I think that that was a massive help to me in my last job and it will be in this job,” he said.
“I can relate to players and they can relate to me, so I think that’s a big asset that I have at the minute, and I have to use that to get the best out of the players and be there for them and work with them, other than telling them what to do.
“I can work with them and we can get results together.”