Five reasons why John Pemberton should get Chesterfield's manager's job

A decision is set to be made this week on whether caretaker manager John Pemberton will continue to be in charge of the Spireites until the end of the season.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 4:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 7:45 pm

Here are five reasons why we think he should be given the chance to lead Chesterfueld for the remaining 12 games of the campaign:

Knowledge of club and players

Pemberton has previously been academy manager and caretaker manager so he knows the club inside out.

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He worked with a lot of the current squad when he was caretaker in 2018 and that has allowed him to hit the ground running this time around.

He has re-introduced the likes Jonathan Smith and Tom Denton back into the fold – players he knows he can trust – and they have rewarded him with some good performances.

He is getting the best out of the players who appear to be really buying into his training methods and want to do well for him.

If someone else was to come in they are unlikely to have the same knowledge of the players and would need time to assess them and Chesterfield do not have time with just 12 matches remaining.

John Pemberton has won three and drawn one of his five games in charge as Chesterfield caretaker manager.


Pemberton has been a breath of fresh air around the Proact.

He gives off positive energy during his press conferences and is a good communicator.

He is a great motivator and knows when to put an arm around a player and when to rocket them.

The 55-year-old is a big believer in the psychology aspect of the game and has held such sessions with his players.

He felt it was important to have a team meeting after the tragic death of Jordan Sinnott to allow the players to express how they feel.

This was smart move and shows he does not treat the players as robots and genuinely cares about them.

At the same time, he may come across as a nice bloke but don’t let that fool you – he doesn’t stand for any nonsense and you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of him.


It is hard to argue with any of his decisions so far.

The three players he has brought in – Ross Fitzsimons, Jordan Cropper and Nathan Tyson – all look shrewd signings so far.

He has not tinkered too much and picks the same eight or nine players every week.

So far he has either played 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 depending on how he sees the strengths of the opposition.

His decision-making during games is also sharp and he doesn’t wait around to make a substitution or a tactical change if he thinks something is not working.

Results so far

The proof is in the pudding with three wins and a draw from his five games in charge.

There’s no doubt they have had a bit of luck during some of the matches – Pemberton has admitted that himself – but they have earnt their luck with their hard work.

The fact Town have picked up 10 points from a possible 15 and are still in the relegation zone just shows what a mess they were in and quite possibly could have been doomed under John Sheridan by now.

Fans are right behind him

Pemberton has definitely got the backing of Chesterfield fans so far.

He has galvanised the whole club and understands what it means to the supporters and the town.

There were great scenes at the end of the Wrexham game after Curtis Weston’s winner and Pemberton will hope he can bring the good times back.