Ahead of Chesterfield’s final game of the 2018/19 season against Maidenhead United on Saturday, John Sheridan spoke of how important the players’ attitude is to be successful at the club.
The Spireites boss has achieved the main goal, which was to stay up, but for Chesterfield to gain promotion next season, Sheridan thinks the players must develop a strong mentality.
“I want players coming in to train wanting to be the best player every day,” he said. “Whether it’s in five-a-side or a game of head tennis, I want them to have a winning mentality.
“I’ve played with players like that - I was a bit like that myself - you’ve got to have it. I don’t care if you’re playing in the Premiership or where we are. You’ve got to enjoy it, but you must have the hunger and desire.
“We need to demand from each other and I’ve got to try and preach it and if I do get it into the team and players individually we will have a good chance of doing something.”
Maidenhead United sit in 20th place but have confirmed safety. Sheridan is looking for a better away performance to finish the season on a high.
He said: “We’ve just got to go in with the attitude that we want to win the game. If you look at the last few away games where I’ve changed the team our performance wasn’t up to scratch with what we have shown.
“Results-wise, we’ve done brilliantly but I just want us to be hungry and push to win every game. We just want to finish the season strongly, we will go to win the game, but we need a better performance.
“It’s still a game and I think it is important that we win for the supporters who will be travelling down."
With attention beginning to turn to next season, Sheridan urged everyone around the club to feel upbeat about next season’s prospects.
“Hopefully the fans are looking forward to next season, I want them to look forward to it and be positive.
“I’ve put the pressure on myself and I expect us to be in around the promotion area. We should be up there and I’m hoping whatever I bring in will make us better and we go out with a positive frame of mind to win as many games as we can next season.
“We’ll have a good pre-season but if we stay clear of injuries and stay fit whilst competing then hopefully we get the results we need.”
Sheridan confirmed there were a few injury concerns with a trio doubtful for the game on Saturday. He commented: “Laurence is still carrying his knee injury, Kyel Reid’s problem with his throat and Jonathan Smith’s shin. There are a couple of knocks but those three are doubtful for Saturday.”