Why Chesterfield manager James Rowe has impressed me tactically

That is 13 wins from 20 league games now for James Rowe following our latest victory against Eastleigh, writes our Spireites fan columnist Roland Gent.

Sunday, 4th April 2021, 10:44 am

It was nice to see Liam Mandeville finally get on the scoresheet, he has arguably got the best ball skills in the entire squad but somehow does not quite do it in front of goal so here’s hoping for a few more.

What really impresses me about Rowe tactically is that he’s got plan A, B and C in his pocket and not afraid to admit things are not going well and is happy to change tactics.

We went from playing two ‘number 10s’ in Joe Rowley and Tom Whelan against Eastleigh and then went to a 4-4-2 with Nathan Tyson causing problems in the second-half. It is a good situation to be in especially when some of our previous managers have stubbornly refused to change even when things were not going well.

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James Rowe.

People on fan sites are currently asking who is our player of the season. There are plenty of contenders but it is a bit too early to decide yet as the exciting part of the season has only just started.

Off the field it was good to see Chesterfield got the loan in from Sport England last week. Our next opponents King’s Lynn Town have announced they are also applying for a loan, as are others, but this has inevitably led to calls from some fans of other teams that Chesterfield are somehow ‘cheating’. Funny that no one seemed to mind a fortnight ago when we weren’t in the play-off positions!