Cowley impressed by Lester the manager

Jack Lester

Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley has reserved special praise for the man who will be in the opposing dugout on Saturday at Sincil Bank.

It will be Chesterfield’s first visit to Lincoln since 2011 but a second visit in recent months for the Spireites’ new boss Jack Lester.

Lester, who took over the reins at the Proact Stadium last week, took a Nottingham Forest under-23s side to take on Cowley’s Imps in the summer.

And the Lincoln boss was impressed with what he saw that day in a game which saw the young Reds lead 3-1 with seven minutes to go only to lose 4-3.

“I met Jack a couple of times over the summer I was really impressed with the culture he created at Nottingham Forest,” said Cowley.

“When I look at the Forest young players – their attitude, application and mentality – that’s a by-product of the culture Jack had set.

“Given time, I have no doubt he will go on to create the same culture at Chesterfield. Their players will benefit, just like the Nottingham Forest ones did.”

And added: “He was an outstanding player. He’s certainly served his apprenticeship in academy football.

“He’ll have learned a lot from that and is now equipped to go and tackle first-team football.

“He’s certainly got the skills set and character to be very successful. He’s always been impressive whenever I’ve seen his teams play.

“We had a good meeting in the summer and we both took a lot from that.

“The culture he created at Forest’s academy is something we’d like to see in our academy.

“We’re working hard to create a winning mentality within our academy. The under-18s have had a fantastic start to the season and are right at the top of their division.”

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