Chesterfield begin their 2019/20 campaign at home to Dover Athletic on Saturday and manager John Sheridan stated at the pre-match press conference that he expects the Spireites to have a successful season.
“I’m expecting good things, so I don’t mind putting myself under pressure,” he said.
“I expect us to be there or thereabouts, but it’ll be a tough, hard season, it’s not going to be easy.
“I’ve made it clear to the players that I expect us to be in and around promotion.”
Sheridan then explained that the National League will be a tougher proposition this year, but believes his side have improved from the previous campaign.
“I definitely think we’ve got a squad capable at this moment in time to compete in this league and I don’t underestimate the challenge, I think it’s tougher than last season,” stated the boss.
“I think that the teams that have come into it, Yeovil, Torquay, Stockport and one or two others are going to make it a tougher league so we’ll look forward to it and we’ve got to believe in ourselves that we can have a successful season.”
This summer has seen a number of new additions at the Proact and the Spireites boss believes he’s added good players for the league, by saying: “I think we’ve got more vocal players in the team now and I believe we’ve got more quality.
“I’ve brought in some quality players for this league and purely to get us out of this league, so with the experience, I’ve brought in, they’re winners, they’ve had promotions to add to what we’ve already got.”
Sheridan pointed out that consistency will be key if Chesterfield are going to achieve their goal of promotion this term.
He said: “I just want that level of performance that gets you results.
“They’re not difficult instructions, just that little bit of consistency and as a player, they can give me a nine and then I’m watching them the following week and I’m thinking, ‘Am I watching the same player?’ It’s no good to a manager.”
The Chesterfield manager finished off by giving an injury update ahead to tomorrow’s fixture and mentioned that defender Anthony Gerrard will be a doubt.
“Anthony (Gerrard) is still a week or ten days or so away but there’s one or two that are obviously tight,” said Sheridan
“We’ve had a tough pre-season, we’re still working very hard so I’ll try to pick a team with the players available and hopefully it will be a winning team.”