Academy manager Pemberton leaves Spireites

Chesterfield FC's academy manager John Pemberton has left the club by mutual consent, after being appointed manager of Kidderminster Harriers.

Pemberton stepped in as interim manager during the winter period after Martin Allen's departure from the club, before John Sheridan's arrival.

He was in the dugout for the Spireites' memorable comeback from 3-0 down at half time against Ebbsfleet, drawing the game 3-3. In that game defender Will Evens headed home an injury-time equaliser, before having to go in goal and saving a penalty at the other end with virtually the last kick of the game.

Pemberton commented on his departure in a statement on Chesterfield F.C's official website, saying: "I’ve enjoyed my time at the club and helping the club with the first team over the Christmas period. An opportunity has come up which I couldn’t turn down.   

"I will help the academy over the next few weeks and hope that the club gets back to where it belongs, back in the Football League. I hope that I will be welcomed back in the future should my situation change and wish the best of luck to the club for the new season."

Academy director Steve Coe said: "It has been a pleasure to work closely with John in the academy over the past nine months. He has made further improvements within the academy structure that will benefit us in the future. 

"I am also pleased that he will be on hand to assist our coaches in their career pathway over the next few weeks. We all wish John well in his new role and look forward to seeing him back at the club in the future.”

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