What John Pemberton said about Chesterfied manager's job

Chesterfield caretaker manager John Pemberton says he is “not worried” about whether he will get the job on a permanent basis.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 5:50 pm

The 55-year-old took over from John Sheridan on January 2 and has led the Spireites to three wins and a draw from his five games in charge.

Pemberton was initially appointed as temporary boss until February 14 while Chesterfield FC Community Trust worked on a takeover deal to buy the club.

The trust has not been able to complete the takeover yet and so we understand that Dave Allen and Ashley Carson are set to meet this week and made a decision on whether Pemberton continues in the role until the end of the season.

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When asked about his position after Saturday’s dramatic win against Wrexham, Pemberton said: “I am not really worried about it if I am honest.

“I am just concentrating on the job.

“I was told six weeks, I was told until the takeover, I don’t know where we are with that.

“I will do it for as long as I am asked to basically but I don’t really worry about it.”

When it was suggested by the Derbyshire Times that the win against Wrexham will surely have helped his cause, he replied: “Well it has not done any harm has it? Let’s be honest.

“But I swear I am not thinking about that.

“I am thinking about trying to get out the mess we are in.

“If it is good enough then great then if not I will look for another job.”

There were wild celebrations on Saturday when Curtis Weston struck a 94th minute winner and Pemberton was delighted to give something back to the fans.

He said: “I was really pleased with the scenes at the end because how long has it been since that happened? I don’t know. But certainly it has been a difficult time for everyone at the football club.”

He added: “We are not getting carried away.

“We are still in a mess regarding where we are.

“We have got a mountain to climb we know that.

“We have got some really tough games coming up.”