Former Nottingham Forest coach Jack Lester is beginning to prove his worth as a manager with his struggling Chesterfield side having given themselves a real chance of English Football League survival with their performances in recent weeks.

The 42-year-old made the decision to leave The Reds in favour of a move to The Proact Stadium at the end of September with the Sky Bet League Two club in 23rd position in the table with just five points from 10 league matches.

Life with The Spireites started with three consecutive league defeats while a 2-1 loss to Cambridge United at The Cambs Glass Stadium in the middle of last month left the club six points adrift of safety. Chesterfield now look to be turning a corner under Lester though and an unbeaten run of four including back-to-back league wins has seen the club move back to within two points of 22nd placed club Morecambe.

Lester arrived in Derbyshire with an impressive CV. In a playing career which included almost seven years with Chesterfield in which the player scored 92 goals. Lester built a reputation as being one of most clinical strikers in the English Football League. Since hanging up his boots in 2014, he has worked with the Nottingham Forest academy and has played his part in developing some of the hottest young talent in the country.

Some fans at The City Ground hoped that Lester would one day be given a chance to manage the first team on a permanent basis and while Lester has decided to begin his managerial career in the fourth tier of English football,  he is beginning to prove that he could manage at a higher level in the future.

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