Chesterfield set to offer Rowe new contract

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The National League promotion hopefuls are set to offer manager James Rowe a new contract to ‘fend off interest’ according to reports.

The 37-year-old took over the club in November and has taken them to just six points outside the play-off places.

The Spireites also have four games in hand over seventh placed Wrexham after Tuesdays’ win against Altrincham. 

Rowe says he is pleased with the direction the team has taken since his appointment but believes his side can achieve more.

Speaking to the Derbyshire Times he said:

“We are climbing slowly, we are shifting in the right direction.

“What’s the point in getting in the play-offs if you can’t get promoted? It’s about promotion, if we want to go for it, it is about promotion, not play-offs. I have lost in the play-offs twice at this level and I don’t want to lose for a third time if we get in there, it is about promotion, not play-offs.”

Chesterfield sat in 21st, one point from safety when he took the job, and have since only lost once under Rowe, becoming one of the National League’s form sides.

According to the Daily Mail this run has drawn attention from some Football League clubs, with the new contract set ‘fend off’ this interest.

Rowe’s impact has been more than welcomed by the supporters after what has been a difficult few years seeing the Spireites’ lowest ever league finish last season. With one tweeting:

“Can’t wait for all fans to be back in. Give JR [James Rowe] the full Spireites match day treatment. Thats the least he deserves for the magic hes worked so far.”

Under Rowe the Spireites have only been behind for five-and-a-half minutes in the league.

The club will look to continue this impressive run of form this weekend when they travel to Stockport.

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