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Lester: "This is something I’ve been preparing for since I was playing."

30 September 2017

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New Spireites manager Jack Lester feels like he and the club are a natural fit and can’t wait to build success in his new role.

The former striker, who was a fans’ favourite during his time with the Spireites, feels ready to step into management, making the step up from youth coaching at Nottingham Forest.

Lester said: “This is something that I’ve been preparing for a while, and I’m excited to get started.

“The role has come up several times since I retired, and I’ve never applied for it before because I’ve been off trying to develop and become the best I can be. When it came up this time, I felt the time was right, and this is something I’ve been preparing for since I was playing.

“When I come back here, it just feels so natural. I spent the best parts of the career here and have an unbelievable relationship with the fans, staff and people so it’s great. 

“I just hope that we can galvanise this and slowly build something special.”

Lester scored 94 goals in his time at Chesterfield, and contributed to the Spireites’ promotion as League Two champions, in their maiden season at the Proact Stadium.

And he hopes he can bring success back to the club by implementing his vision and has conveyed this to his players in their first training session together.

“We spoke about the vision of where this club wants to be, and the identity we want to create,” he told iFollow.

“But it’s going to take time; the club is in a difficult position, no one’s denying that, and we want to build an identity that we can be proud of.”

Looking ahead to the visit of Cheltenham Town this afternoon, Lester expects a tough game from the Gloucestershire side, but hopes that the fans will come together to back the Blues.

He added: “Cheltenham are flying very high; they’re a good footballing team and we’ve watched a few things on them, but we’re concentrating on ourselves and trying to put in a good performance.

“Tomorrow is going to be fantastic; the fans play such a big part in successful football teams. When the fans are behind you, it just gives you that little bit extra.”

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