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John Sheridan's career

10 January 2019

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On his return to the Spireites, we look back at the career of new manager John Sheridan and his memorable first spell at the club.

Sheridan’s playing career started at Manchester City before he moved to Leeds United, where the midfielder registered 230 appearances for the club, scoring 47 goals.

After a short spell at Nottingham Forest, Sheridan moved to Sheffield Wednesday where he scored the winning goal in the Football League Cup final in 1991 against Manchester United. He made 199 appearances overall for the club and scored 25 goals.

He then went on loan to Birmingham City and Bolton, signing permanently for the latter club.

After that, Sheridan went to Doncaster Rovers and Oldham Athletic, where he finished his career.

Sheridan’s international career was with the Republic of Ireland, making 34 appearances and scoring five goals. He played in the 1988 Euros, as well as the 1990 and 1994 World Cups.

Sheridan started his managerial career at Oldham Athletic, taking over the reigns as caretaker-manager twice in 2001 and 2003.

After he retired from playing in 2004, he became manager on a permanent basis in 2006, guiding the Latics into the play-off semi-finals in 2007, as well as an eighth place finish the following season.

Leaving the club in March 2009, Sheridan began his most successful stint as manager three months later when he joined Chesterfield on June 9, 2009.

Sheridan won his first trophy for the Spireites in the 2010/11 season when they were crowned champions of League Two.

The following season, the Spireites won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after a 2-0 win against Swindon Town at Wembley.

Chesterfield finishing 22nd in the table and returned to League Two, with Sheridan’s first spell at the club ending early in the 2012/13 season.

Sheridan has since managed a number of clubs including Plymouth Argyle – steering them away from relegation and to a play-off semi-final in his three seasons at the club – Newport County, Oldham Athletic (twice) and Notts County.

In the past year, Sheridan has held two jobs. He was at Fleetwood Town, joining them in February 2018 for the remainder of the 2017/18 season and then Carlisle United, who he joined in June before resigning on January 4.


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