Chris Morgan has revealed the adaptation of Greek mythology that Chesterfield boss Danny Wilson has used to inspire his players.
It’s unclear whether Wilson has been reading Albert Camus’ philosophical essay The Myth of Sisyphus, but it sounds like he has borrowed from the theme.
Wilson has likened the Spireites’ task to the one that faced mythological legend Sisyphus, whose fate was to push a boulder up a hill.
Back-to-back league wins have arrested the stone’s descent so today’s game at Peterborough United is a chance for Town to start to propel it back up the hill.
His assistant said: “The lads have shown some character in the last two league games, winning both games 3-2.
“We would have been happy if we’d won those games 3-0 and kept clean sheets but when you have been on a run of defeats, it’s important to ‘stop the rock’ as the gaffer put it.
“A rock is coming down a hill, who is going to be the one who says ‘come on then we have to stop it’?
“First you stop it and then you start pushing it back up the hill. That’s how we see it.”
Morgan believes it was vital that panic wasn’t allowed to set in, even when Chesterfield were in the midst of a nine-game winless run.
“It’s important that nobody panics, nothing changes, the things on the training ground,” he said.
“If you start making big changes on the training ground and changing the team, that looks like you’re panicking.
“There is no panic. Unless you’re getting smashed every week and you’re thinking something has to change.”
Wins over MK Dons and Bristol Rovers have lifted Town off the bottom of the table and raised spirits.
Morgan added: “The lads should be confident, we’re looking forward to getting back to the league programme.”
And unlike Sisyphus, Chesterfield will be out to ensure the rock doesn’t come crashing back down again.