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Pemberton leaves Chesterfield post after poor start to season

John Pemberton has left his role as Chesterfield manager by mutual consent.

Pemberton was appointed as boss in February having initially taken over from John Sheridan a month earlier, but results this season have been poor and Tuesday night saw Spireites beaten 3-2 at Altrincham to leave them in the bottom three of the National League.

Chesterfield chairman Mike Goodwin said: "I had a meeting with John this morning and it was agreed that a change of manager would be in the best interests of the club.

"John came in and did an impressive job during two spells as caretaker manager, prompting us to hand him the role on a permanent basis. Unfortunately, results have not gone as we all expected this season, leading to a change of manager being required.

John Pemberton was in charge of Chesterfield for ten months. Photo: Derbyshire Times

“I would like to thank John for his hard work, honesty and integrity and wish him all the very best for the future.

“The search for a new manager is now underway and I have no doubt that there will be a number of strong candidates. We will carefully consider the applications and carry out a stringent interview process before making an appointment.”

John Dungworth will act as caretaker manager following Pemberton's departure, having rejoined the club in the summer to assist the outgoing boss. He will be in charge for the Notts County game on Saturday.