CHESTERFIELD: Chris Wilder latest in Spireites link

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AS Chesterfield ponder their next managerial move, current Oxford United manager Chris Wilder could emerge amongst the fancied possibles.

Wilder, former Sheffield United and Rotherham United player, brought Oxford back into the Football League and has steadily improved their position each season and they were the early leaders of League Two until suffering their first defeat last Saturday.

Considered to be one of the rising young managers at this level, he has been strongly linked with the vacancy at Coventry City with one leading bookmaker listing him as favourite.

In view of that, any Chesterfield interest would need to be firmed up pretty quickly with Coventry seemingly wanting to finalise matters and get a new man in.

Wilder, who comes from Sheffield, was at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday to check out Chesterfield’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Oldham Athletic.

Last night, he oversaw Oxford’s big local derby with Swindon in the same competition.

Meanwhile, the Spireites travel to York City this weekend to take on the League newcomers who have won three on the bounce.

On Tuesday they became the first away team to win at Rotherham’s new home in the JPT following 3-1 wins over Oxford and at Barnet.

Wright was pleased with his team’s first win over Oldham Athletic in their first match in defence of the JPT.

He said: “In the first-half we were lacking in energy and they looked sharper and stronger. I changed the system at half-time and put Danny Whitaker behind Marc Richards to get more support to him. It worked because we moved the ball quicker, had a bit more energy and created more opportunities.

“I’m pleased with the response I got from the players,” added Wright who will be without keeper Tommy Lee who sees a specialist over a shoulder injury picked up late on against Oldham.