HITC Sport understands Aldershot coach James Rowe is in the frame for the Chesterfield manager’s job.

Aldershot assistant manager James Rowe 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 Jack Lester earlier this week, after just seven months in charge of the League Two club.

Lester was sacked on Monday along with all his coaching staff with the club on brink of relegation from the Football League, and their demotion to the National League was confirmed on Tuesday when Morecambe drew at home against Cambridge.

Lester won just nine of his 37 games in charge and the club are planning ahead for next season as they look to bring in a manager to lead them back to the Football League.

Rowe, who is assistant manager to Gary Waddock at Aldershot, has emerged on Chesterfield’s radar after impressing in his role with the Shots.

Rowe linked up with Waddock in the summer of 2016 and helped the club reach the National League play-offs last season, only to lose to Tranmere Rovers in the semi-finals,

They have again reached the play-offs this season as they look to win promotion to League Two and Rowe is earning himself a reputation as one of the brightest young coaches around.

A number of Football League clubs have made approaches for Waddock and Rowe during the last 12 months as a result of their success at Aldershot, but the club have managed to keep hold of the pair thus far.

Rowe, who has worked at West Ham’s and Birmingham City’s academy, is understood to be keen on taking up a sole management role in the future and Chesterfield could offer him that opportunity.

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