Cambridge United boss Shaun Derry is a contender for the vacant manager's job at Chesterfield, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.
Chesterfield are searching for a new manager after they parted company with Danny Wilson and assistant manager Chris Morgan on Sunday following a poor run of form.
Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry
The Spireites are currently in the League One relegation zone after winning just one of their last six matches and are facing a battle to stay up.
Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Bradford was the final straw for Chesterfield and they have decided to look for a new man to try and turn around their fortunes.
Shaun Derry impressing at Cambridge
Former Leeds and Crystal Palace midfielder Derry has emerged on Chesterfield's radar after impressing at Cambridge this season.
The 39-year-old saved Notts County from relegation in his first managerial job before surprisingly being sacked shortly into the next season after a difficult start to the campaign.
The forward-thinking manager took over at Cambridge in November 2015 and he guided them to a ninth-place finish in League Two last season.
After a slow start to this season Cambridge have really picked up and a run of six wins and one draw in the last seven games has left the U's just a point outside the play-off places, while Derry has also guided the club to the third round of the FA Cup.
Derry is building himself a reputation as one of the brightest young managers in the country as a result of his work at Cambridge on a shoe-string budget and now Chesterfield are considering a move for the former midfielder.