Jack Lester believes Chesterfield’s latest signing will be vital in taking the club forward.
The Spireites manager has welcomed the appointment of the man he’ll have to work closely with, new CEO Michael Dunford.
Former Everton, Derby and Birmingham City administrator Dunford started work at the Proact last week and has been brought in to run the business, while reporting to company secretary Ashley Carson and the rest of the board.
For Lester, Dunford’s arrival can only be good news.
“(It’s) great, he’ll bring the club some good structure,” said the first team boss.
“If the club is going to move forward it will need good foundations and that’s vital.
“He will come in and provide that for us.”
Lester was appointed by club director Carson, who has been in charge of the running of affairs at the Proact on behalf of owner Dave Allen. Allen walked out as chairman at the AGM late last year and former CEO Chris Turner was moved into the role of director of football, before that post was made redundant.
That left Carson to deal with every day dealings with then-manager Gary Caldwell, along with the day to day running of the various Proact departments.
Now Dunford, whose last club role was at Crawley, will step into a position between the football management team and the board.
“I have got a chain of command, that’s in place,” said Lester.
“The structure and his experience and success in structuring football clubs will be invaluable to us.”
Dunford told the Derbyshire Times a big part of his new role is to back the manager of the first team.
“Jack is my 29th manager, I’ve worked with Cloughy, Dave McKay, Tommy Doherty, Peter Taylor, Tony Pulis, Ian Holloway, Joe Royle, Howard Kendall, Arthur Cox,” he said.
“We have to support Jack.
“If the positivity that Jack and everyone want to create works, I’m certain we’ll see fortunes turning around.”