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Pemberton: "I’m confident that I can make a difference"

3 January 2020

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John Pemberton spoke to the media for the first time on Friday since being appointed as caretaker manager and began by explaining that the opportunity to come back to Chesterfield was too good to turn down.

“When I got the phone call about if I wanted to come and help out, I jumped at the chance,” he said.

“It’s a club I know and this time last year we were in the same position.

“It’s a tough situation but one I’m not frightened of dealing with.

“I had a chat with some of the players this morning to get a feel of them.

“We’ll try to assess what the problems have been and then try to come up with a formula to try and right those wrongs.

“I’ve been in this position here and at other clubs so I’ve just got to roll my sleeves up and turn things around.”

The 55-year-old took his first training session on Friday morning and put forward that the squad morale remains high despite being in a difficult run of form.

“I find a dressing room that is quite lively,” stated the caretaker manager.

“It was last time but the difference was I was at the club at the time so I knew what it was like because I was in and around it.

“This time I haven’t been so it was important this morning to talk to some of the players and just to get a feel for where they are.

“They were in good spirits this morning and the training was good.

“The response I got from the conversations I had with the players was good and positive.”

Pemberton has taken temporary charge at the club before, stepping in to overlook three games between Martin Allen and John Sheridan’s spells as manager.

He has also had stints as caretaker boss at Bristol City and Nottingham Forest, along with seven months at the helm at Kidderminster Harriers.

Pemberton declared that he is confident in his ability to turn the Spireites’ fortunes around, by saying: “I’m confident that I can make a difference because I know what certain things look like.

“I certainly make a difference with the way the players are.

“I like to interact with the players and get a feel for them.

“I don’t treat them the same but I treat them with respect.

“It’s just the way I do things. You can’t train Scott Boden like you train Tom Denton because they are totally different.

“I like to think about the individual.”

Sutton United come to the Proact on a run of four victories in a row and find themselves in 12th position in the National League standings.

The caretaker boss was under no illusions that it will be a hard-fought fixture on Saturday, by claiming: “It’s a tough game, but they are all tough games.

“We are five points adrift so they’re not going to be any games that are easy.

“We know how good the opposition are and we’ll give them respect but what we’ve got to do is come up with some kind of plan that is going to help us.

“We want to stop conceding goals and be hard to beat.

“We can give them all the information, organise them, let them know what they are up against and give them some kind of plan of how we can score goals without conceding.”

Josef Yarney was forced off after going down injured within the first ten minutes of the game at Solihull Moors on New Year’s Day.

Pemberton confirmed that Saturday might be too soon for Yarney and Anthony Gerrard to return to the squad.

“They are close but I’m not sure where they are for tomorrow, it’s a close one,” he stated.

“Anthony has done some training today so we’ll see how he is but what I don’t want to do is risk it because we are going to need them.

“We’ll assess them tomorrow.”

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