WAYNE Allison has armed the Blues with a wealth of inside information on Chesterfield as he plots the downfall of his old club tomorrow.
The Chester assistant boss spent four years as a player at Saltergate and coached the Spireites’ reserve team before leaving in February this year.
He is the ideal man for City to have in their camp as they head to Derbyshire tomorrow in search of League Two points.
Blues boss Simon Davies said: “Wayne knows them all. They’ve had a couple of new signings but basically it’s his old stomping ground and he knows an awful lot about them.
“There’s nothing much we won’t be able to find out about their set- pieces and all their strengths, but the main thing to concentrate on is ourselves.”
Allison, who chalked up more than 100 appearances for the Spireites, added: “Chesterfield have got a lot of new players but the core is still there from my time there so I’ve got a little bit of inside knowledge, yes.
“I had a fantastic time there and met a lot of great people.”
Allison, nicknamed The Chief, picked out winger Darren Currie and strikers Jamie Ward and Jack Lester as Chesterfield’s key men.
“Lester and Ward are a threat to any defence,” said Allison. “They’re two fantastic players. Jack can create out of nothing and Ward can create too. Don’t forget you’ve got Darren Currie on the wing.
“They’ve got quality and strength in depth as well.”
Despite being able to call upon one of League Two’s deadliest striking duos, Chesterfield are just a point better off than the Blues and have not won in a month.
Chester, meanwhile, have had a bad week. They surrendered their five-match unbeaten record in a 2-0 home defeat to Lincoln on Saturday and tumbled out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Morecambe.
Allison said: “Our run came to an end but that was that. We didn’t play well enough to win the Lincoln game and there were one or two issues there that we addressed.
“Tuesday was very encouraging, particularly the second half performance. It’s a lottery when you get to penalties.”
Allison has settled into his role as Davies’ number two well since being appointed last month and is particularly enjoying his work with City’s strikers.
He even admitted he may come out of retirement and sign for the Blues as a player – giving Davies extra cover up front.
“We shall see,” said ..the former Bristol .......City, Huddersfield ...........and Sheffield United .......forward, who turns 40 next Thursday. “The manager’s spoken about it and I can’t rule anything out.”