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Carson: "He’s ready for the job."

29 September 2017

Director and company secretary Ashley Carson spoke of his delight at the appointment of Jack Lester as the club’s new manager.

The former Spireites striker has put pen to paper on a three-year contract and will begin his tenure with a home match against Cheltenham Town tomorrow, 3pm.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Carson said: “It’s absolutely fantastic, it’s taken two weeks to get everything sorted out amid all the speculation.

“Even until the announcement this afternoon a lot of fans were still uncertain that it was never going to happen.

“Jack is hard working and has a fantastic reputation. He’s done really well at Nottingham Forest and he’s cut his teeth now, he’s ready for the job.

“He’s going to expect an awful lot from the players – probably what they’ve not seen before.”

The news of Lester’s appointment has generated a lot of excitement among Chesterfield supporters and while to some Lester is unproven as a manager Carson is confident that he’ll be as successful a manager as he was a player.

“It had to be the right person,” he explained. “I’ve said previously that it’s probably the most important managerial appointment that the club has ever made and it had to be right.

“But Jack is right for the job and with the fans behind him I think we’ll really start to climb the table.”

Meanwhile, Carson expanded further on the departure of former head of recruitment and development Guy Branston.

He added: “Part of the conversations with Jack were that he does things differently in terms of player recruitment – he’s already had players calling him to say they want to play for him.

“It was felt that Guy’s position was no longer required at the club, I spoke to Guy and he’s grown up about this and understands football, therefore we shook hands and parted company.”


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