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Pemberton: "I want to take the shackles off a little bit."

28 December 2018

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Caretaker-manager John Pemberton addressed the media ahead of the Spireites’ National League fixture against Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Pemberton began by explaining that the players’ attitude has been positive in the build-up to his first game as caretaker-manager.

“They were a little bit quiet this morning, but they were really good when we went out onto the training field,” said Pemberton.

“They have been excellent and fully behind what we are trying to do.”

The caretaker-manager went onto outline how he would like the team to play whilst he is in charge, by saying: “Speaking to the players and being in conversation with them this morning, I’ll probably take the shackles off a little bit.

“With the teams that I’ve worked with, the senior teams I’ve been with, I am more of a possession-based type of coach.

“I like that kind of work. I think if you have the ball it’s very difficult for the opposition to score unless you’re careless with it.

“The response from the players this morning was quite positive about it.

“I’m not going to make massive changes because you can’t, I’ve had half a day to deal with it.

“Hopefully you might see one or two subtle changes tomorrow.”

The Spireites face a Hartlepool side that currently sit in 14th position in the National League table.

During the pre-match press conference, Pemberton put forward that he wants the players to be competitive on Saturday, and that the fans support will help him get the best out of them.

“I think any game is winnable. It’s a game where you’d like to think that we would be competitive in it,” stated Pemberton.

“I think it’s difficult because the players have found it a little bit difficult to play at home.

“I’m sure the fans will get behind us.

“I just want to be competitive, and I want to take the shackles off a little bit.

“They definitely need the support of the fans, and I think the fans have been really good.”

The caretaker-manager then gave an injury update on Tom Denton, Alex Kiwomya, and Bradley Barry.

The Spireites were without all three during their last game against Solihull Moors, but Pemberton declared that Barry will be available for selection and there is a chance of Denton being part of Saturday’s squad.

“We are going to have a look in the morning because we’ve still got a few who we are not quite sure whether they are there yet.

“The main ones are Denton and Kiwomya, who are probably looking doubtful but they aren’t a million miles off.

“I’ve just been talking to Tom (Denton) now and he wants a little bit longer so we’ll see how he is in the morning.

“Bradley (Barry) is alright, he’s trained this morning.”

Before being appointed as caretaker-manager, Pemberton was in charge of the club’s academy.

When asked whether a few youngsters could be given a chance in the first team during his tenure, Pemberton didn’t rule it out, by explaining: “I think sometimes you need them.

“What I need to do is get a balance to this squad. I’ve got no problem throwing them in.

“I know the mentality of the younger ones, so I know what they are capable of.

“Putting them in the fight might not be quite right, but certainly in and around it.” 


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