Danny Wilson has been named as the new manager of Chesterfield, replacing Dean Saunders, who departed at the end of last month.
Wilson, who made 100 appearances for the Spireites in the early 1980s, has been out of management since leaving Barnsley in February.
He is relishing the challenge presented to him and is looking to quickly stamp his mark on the team, saying: “I want the players to play with freedom and play the standard of football they’re capable of playing.
"I think they find themselves in false position and the sooner we can get a couple of wins, the better.
“I’ve become attached to Chesterfield - having lived in the town for over 30 years – and I’m very privileged to become the new manager.”
Spireites chief executive Chris Turner said: “I like how Danny operates, having worked with him previously at Hartlepool and he has a great deal of experience.
“There was a lot of interest in the job and we carefully considered our options before deciding that Danny was the ideal man to take the club forward.”
Wilson, 55, has previously had managerial jobs at Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Bristol City and Swindon Town.
The length of Wilson's contract has not been disclosed, but Spireites chiefs have confirmed it is beyond the end of the current season.
Chesterfield have sacked manager Dean Saunders.
The former Doncaster Rovers boss only appointed in May, but the club are 16th in the table after Saturday's 4-0 home defeat by Swindon Town.
The Welshman lost 11 of his 20 league games in charge, and the Spireites are only four points above the relegation zone.
The club thanked Saunders for his efforts and added:
We will not be rushed into making a decision on a new manager.
A ground-breaking ceremony is being held this afternoon for the new £9 million Macmillan Cancer Centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
Preparatory work is due to start shortly on the centre, which will see all the hospital's cancer services under one roof and helping to provide a purpose-built facility and comfortable environment within which patients can continue to receive top quality care.
One lane is closed due to broken down lorry on M1 Southbound between J29 A617 / A6175 (Chesterfield / Mansfield) and Tibshelf Services.
There is heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M1 Southbound this morning.
It is between J30 A616 / A6135 (Worksop / Sheffield South) and J29 A617 / A6175 (Chesterfield / Mansfield). Congestion extends on M1 to J31 A57 (Sheffield / Worksop), in the roadworks area.
One lane of three is closed.
One lane is closed due to lorry fire and recovery work on M1 Northbound between J28 A38 (Alfreton) and J29 A617 / A6175 (Chesterfield / Mansfield). There is congestion on the M1 to J27 A608 (Hucknall / Underwood) in the roadworks area.
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Police believe a body found in woodland may be missing Chesterfield man Roy Thompson.
A dog walker called police on Friday October 23, to report the discovery of the body in the woods off Westwood Lane in Brimington.
Formal identification has not yet taken place but police believe it may be Mr Thompson.
The 60-year-old was last seen leaving Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Hospital at 6.20am on Thursday October 15.
Two lanes are blocked and there is slow traffic after an accident involving two cars, a van and a lorry on M1 Northbound between J28 A38 (Alfreton / Mansfield) and J29 A617 / A6175 (Chesterfield / Mansfield).
Police have released CCTV photos of a man who has been missing from Chesterfield since Thursday.
60-year-old Roy Thompson left Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital at around 9.20am that day.
He is white, 6ft tall and of average build. He has short grey hair and was last seen wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a green polo shirt.
He speaks with a slight South African accent and has links to Manchester.
Anyone with information should call police on 101.