What John Pemberton said about possible Chesterfield FC takeover and what it means for him

Chesterfield caretaker manager John Pemberton says he would like a decision to be made on his future “sooner rather than later.”

By Liam Norcliffe
Sunday, 16th February 2020, 11:43 am

Pemberton has been in temporary charge since January 2 after the sacking of John Sheridan and has won three and drawn one of his five games in charge.

The 55-year-old was initially told he would be in charge for six weeks while Chesterfield FC Community Trust tried to complete a takeover of the club.

That process has taken longer than expected but on Thursday the trust released a statement saying a deal was close to being completed.

Chesterfield caretaker manager John Pemberton.

On the takeover, Pemberton said: “I think if it is going to happen it needs to happen quickly.

“It is better to be done and dusted than have it dwelling.

“From our point of view if it stablises everything then it is a good thing.

“It hasn’t affected me if I am honest and I don’t think it has affected the players.

“It is just something that has been niggling away at the back.

“Everybody is asking about it, the supporters want to know what is happening.

“It seems to have dragged out longer than they thought and I have not had a conversation with anybody at the moment with regards to what is going to happen after.

“If I am here I am here, if I am not then I am not, it is the way it goes.”

Pemberton himself added that it would be ‘logical’ to keep him and his staff and that there “is a lot of positives for that.”

“Myself and the staff know the players, we know the club,” Pemberton said at his pre-match press conference. “Two of my assistants are Chesterfield supporters who have been coming for years so they know it inside out. That was important to me as an acting manager to bring someone in who the club meant something to.

“If somebody else comes in they don’t know the players – they are probably starting again – so the logical thing would be to leave it as it is.

“I have to think about myself – I have a family – I have a job part-time at the moment so long-term if something is going to happen we probably need to know sooner rather than later.”