League Two club Chesterfield have appointed their former striker Jack Lester as manager. Lester made 197 appearances and scored 83 goals for the Spireites.

He replaces Gary Caldwell after the Scot was sacked earlier this season following a disappointing start, leaving Chesterfield in the drop zone. Caldwell was in charge for ten months before his sacking but was unable to stop the Spireites from being relegated last season.

Lester was previously employed by Nottingham Forest as their Under-23s manager and faced Cheltenham in his first game in charge of his new club, losing 2-0 at home.

Lester’s Chesterfield showed no signs of improvement from their previous losses as they failed to create any clear-cut chances, with Jordan Flores coming closest for the hosts. Mohamed Eisa scored in each half with two classy finishes to give Cheltenham the three points in what turned out to be an easy victory for the Robins.

During his near 6 years with the club Lester helped win promotion to League One and played in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory in 2012. A crucial part of the Chesterfield side, he is one of their best players of recent times.

Lester told the club website: ‘I am really proud to have been given this opportunity and i’m aiming to build something special’

Chesterfield finished bottom of League One last season on 37 points and a 2-1 loss to Accrington Stanley this season has put them in the relegation zone yet again.

Caretaker manager Guy Branston took charge of the Spireites for two games but failed to pick up any points as they lost to both Luton and Yeovil.

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