AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor has admitted he’s currently going through his toughest spell of his management career.

The Coasters lost for the eighth time already this season on Tuesday night when they suffered a 3-1 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Chesterfield.

The result, Fylde’s fourth straight defeat, leaves Challinor’s side back inside the bottom four having won just four of their 16 games.

When asked if this run of results marks the toughest spell of his nine-year managerial career, Challinor told The Gazette: “Yes, absolutely.

“We had a run a couple of years ago when we lost some games, but that came on the back of us being top of the league at the time. That’s not the case this season.

“It was an okay start in terms of results but from that point we’ve really struggled.”

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