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Chesterfield appoint Rowe as new manager

James Rowe has been appointed as the new manager of Chesterfield.

The 37-year-old replaces John Pemberton, who left the role last week, and joins from National League North side Gloucester City whom he has guided to the top of the table in the early part of the season.

George Foster will be Rowe's assistant.

Spireites chief executive John Croot told the club's official website: "We are delighted to have been able to appoint James. It is a real coup to have recruited an exciting young manager, demonstrating great vision from the board.”

Rowe said: “I’m delighted to have got it over the line and I’m really looking forward to getting out on the grass tomorrow with the players.

“The heritage of the club is outstanding and the challenge is to get the club back to where it should be.

“With the facilities, the fanbase and the squad, the club should be a lot higher in the table and the first challenge is to get some consistency going and then the sky is the limit.

“I’m excited after listening to Mike (Goodwin) and John (Croot) and the board and now we n

Ipswich-born Rowe, who was a prolific goalscorer in non-league football for clubs including Histon, AFC Sudbury, Leamington, Canvey Island and a brief spell in Derbyshire with Ilkeston Town, began his coaching career at Birmingham City's academy.

He then moved to become assistant academy manager at West Ham United before completing a masters degree in coaching at the Johan Cruyff Institute in Amsterdam.

He is a UEFA A Licence holder and also obtained a Masters of Research degree in sports science from Nottingham Trent University.

Having been assistant manager to Gary Waddock at Aldershot Town for three years, he was appointed at Gloucester City last year.

*Cover photo - Chesterfield FC.