TOMMY Wright wasn’t shy in stating his desire to be full-time manager at Chesterfield on Saturday – and he hopes he’s a good bet for it after ending the Spireites’ barren away run.
Wright has been in caretaker charge ever since John Sheridan who, despite lifting the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, oversaw their relegation from League One last season, was dispensed with in August.
He has tasted defeat just once since, and while that stat is somewhat misleading with the Spireites failing to win on the road in that time he finally resided over an away triumph at Aldershot.
He had Huddersfield loanee Chris Atkinson to thank for the win - the 20-year-old, signed by Wright last month, taking over from Craig Westcarr’s hard work to lash home in the 75th minute.
While admitting he hasn’t even discussed the issue with the club, Wright says he would like to become permanent boss.
“I have not really spoken to the club; everything I have asked of them they have given me - stuff for training and the like - and they have backed me,” said Wright.
“I don’t know really. I don’t think they are actively looking to bring someone in at the moment. I’m in charge and I’m enjoying it and I’m doing the job and I must get on with it.
“I wouldn’t mind it. I would need to talk to them but I’m doing the job anyway and I will take it if it’s offered.”
Chesterfield’s failure to win away from home this season - they travelled to Aldershot off the back of a 2-0 defeat at Morecambe in the week - showed in their play in the first half.
Sam Togwell - acting as skipper with Sam Hird ruled out injured - had to clear a Troy Brown header off the line after three minutes while Shots striker Danny Hylton was also dangerous early on.
Brown nearly scored an amazing own goal that would have been hard on Aldershot at the other end shortly after, the defender heading Tendayi Darikwa’s cross inches wide.
But Chesterfield were a different side after the break and Atkinson gave warning of what was to come when he fired a 25-yard volley just wide early on.
He was to then make no mistake in the 75th minute as good work from Westcarr saw the midfielder pounce on the ball and slot home for the previously travel-shy Spireites.
Wright was well aware how Chesterfield looked in the first half but, with a few encouraging words, he got what he wanted - much to his delight.
“It was a tough game and obviously we have got a few injuries in the camp so I didn’t have much time to work on the team and the shape and formation,” added Wright.
“And I think it told in the first 25 minutes. We looked a bit all at sea and there were too many long balls but as the game grew we got better and better.
“I said to them to believe in themselves, get more passes down, get the wide boys a bit wider and stretch the pitch, and as the game went on we got better and better.”
n Aldershot: Young, Herd, Lancashire, Branston, Tonkin, Morris A (Rankine 83), Brown, Donnelly (Mekki 62), Rodman (Payne 73), Hylton, Reid. Subs not used: Bradley, Anderson, Cadogan, Morris G
n Chesterfield: O’Donnell, Talbot, Forbes, Trotman, Ridehalgh, Darikwa, Togwell, Allott (Clay 22), Atkinson, Evans (Lester 90), Westcarr. Subs not used: Boden, Hazel, Wilson, Broadhead.