After a busy couple of days settling into his new surroundings, new strength and conditioning coach Jake Simpson is keen to get started with Chesterfield after arriving as a part of new manager Jack Lester’s backroom team.
Simpson joined the Spireites on Thursday and prior to his arrival, he’d spoken with Lester about the position.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Simpson said: “It’s been brilliant, it’s been a busy couple of days getting settled in, meeting the lads, the staff but it’s been brilliant to get the ball rolling and getting things off the ground, hopefully we can progress from day one and move forward together.
“I spoke to the manager about a week or so ago in regard to the position and what he wanted from the role. It seemed the manager like what he heard and rang me back and wanted me to come and get started!
“I came in on Thursday morning to prepare for the weekend’s game as we feel is right, so everything we spoke about we’ll try and implement as quickly as possible to get everything on the pitch matching the vision and ambition the manager’s got for the club.”
Simpson also revealed that manager Lester’s ambitions for the club were a factor in luring him to the Spireites.
He said: “To work at a professional club is an honour for anyone in the profession that I do, so the trust that Jack the staff have put in me is something I’m very thankful for, it’s exciting and I’m ready to get stuck into it.
“There’s a big challenge ahead of us, the manager’s got big, strong ambitions for the place. That’s a great position to be in and something I’m looking forward to being part of.”
A former professional, Simpson turned to fitness coaching after leaving Stockport County, pursuing a degree in strength and conditioning.
Football has been a part of Simpson’s life since childhood, he’s the son of Paul Simpson, a winger who represented the likes of Manchester City, Sheffield United and Derby County and is also the current manager of England’s U20s side.
“I used to be a player myself,” he recalled. “I played for four years for Blackburn Rovers, Shrewsbury Town and then Stockport County so I’ve been involved in football since I left school basically.
“I’ve also been exposed to football from my childhood with my dad’s career and stuff like that and then I went back university to study sports rehabilitation and then moved into strength and conditioning, so it was all geared to getting myself back in the professional game.
“I’ve been working up at Carlisle United for the last 18 months within their medical department and now I’ve moved into a role with increased responsibility and something I want to get stuck into quickly.”
Now that Simpson is with the Spireites, he’s eager to put into motion the plans he’s laid out with Lester.
“The manager's got real ambition to make us a fit and strong outfit,” Simpson explained.
“So that’s my job to make sure the players are prepared, conditioned enough to make sure for 90 minutes on a Tuesday or Saturday, whatever day called upon they can perform to the levels that the manager’s going to set.
“He wants to work at an elite level which is brilliant, I think that can spread right through the club and it’s what he’s talking about doing, so my role is to make sure the lads are physically prepared for the demands the manager’s going to put on them to make the performances on the pitch improve.”