Jack Lester has been confirmed as Chesterfield’s new manager, leaving his role as Nottingham Forest Under-23s coach.
The former Reds striker has returned to another one of his former clubs, one where he achieved legendary status with 94 goals during a six-year spell.
“(Forest) is a club that has played a big part in my life. As a player I had some amazing times here and more recently as a coach it has been one of the most rewarding jobs I have been in, working in the academy and bringing players through,” he told the Forest website.
“It is a lot more rewarding than you think it would be. Seeing players in the first team is just as special as when you played in it yourself.
“It has been fantastic and a wonderful part of my life which has been a great apprenticeship for what I am going on to do.
“I would like to thank Gary Brazil and all the staff in the academy for what has been an unforgettable experience. There are great people working throughout the academy and I’ve enjoyed growing our relationship over the years.
“I wish the club all the best and I would like to thank the club for everything they have given me.”
Lester forged his coaching reputation at the Forest academy, first with the Under-18s and then latterly the Under-23s.
In that time, Forest have seen a host of young players graduate to the first team, such as Jordan Smith, Joe Worrell, Matty Cash and Ben Brereton.
However, he faces a very different challenge with the Spireites, who are second bottom of League Two with five points from 10 games.
Lester will be assisted by former Forest right-back Nicky Eden, who was most recently development coach at Coventry City.
Chesterfield owner David Allen said: “I am delighted to hear about the appointment of Jack Lester.
“I think it’s an excellent decision and I feel sure that his infectious enthusiasm, along with his attention to detail and experience in the game, will help to lift the club out of its present position.”