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Pemberton: "I want to produce some players, it’s as simple as that"

19 September 2018

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New Spireites academy manager John Pemberton outlined his intentions in an interview with Spireites Digital.

He said: “It’s something I am looking forward to. I know the club well. When I was asked whether I would be interested in the position, it was something that really appealed to me.

“I know the club, and it’s a job that I have done before and been successful in. It was something I wanted to get my teeth into and see if we can get a good foundation to take the club forward.”

Pemberton has a great amount of experience in academy roles at various clubs, most notably as academy manager at Sheffield United, where he helped produce players such as Harry Maguire.

He reflected on his achievements with the Blades, but insisted his focus is now on replicating that success at his new club.

Pemberton said: “We did really well in the Youth Cup. We got to the final and we lost over two legs to Manchester United.

“The (Manchester) United team had some really good players in it, Pogba being one. We were quite proud of the achievements we had that year.

“I’m sure eight or nine of that team ended up playing for the first team. Obviously, Harry Maguire was one of them and he has gone on to represent his country.

“My focus now is to try and reproduce some of that here.”

He then went onto point out that his main goal as the academy manager is to help the young players at Chesterfield progress into the first team.

He said: “I want to produce some players, it’s as simple as that. My job is to put some players in the first team. Not necessarily just to put them there, but to give them the tools to stay there.”

Pemberton then explained how important it is for the club and the fans, to have home-grown talent getting opportunities in the first team squad.

Pemberton said: “It’s having that process, knowing what that pathway is and being able to measure it.

“The big thing for me is that the young players understand exactly what they are going into. They understand what the manager wants, they understand the club, they understand the supporters, and they certainly understand the town.

“I’m sure that if the supporters see a young player who’s home-grown who just falls short but gives everything he’s got, I’m sure they’ll accept that.”


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