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Chesterfield get rid of Sheridan

Just two days after Andy Thorn was given the chop by Coventry City, another manager has lost their job, just weeks into the new season.

Chesterfield sacked former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder John Sheridan (pictured) this morning, after failing to win any of their first four matches of the season.

The 47-year-old had been in charge of the club for three years and led them to victory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in March, defeating Swindon Town at Wembley.

However, the Spireites were relegated to League Two, one year after going up to League One as champions.

A sluggish start this season has cost the ex-Oldham boss, who is now out of work.

Good record

Since being made manager of Chesterfield in June 2009, Sheridan’s record is not bad, having won 63 of his 160 matches in charge, a track record of nearly one win every three games.

The club were hoping to return to League One at the first time of asking and this sacking has to be seen, as a sign of pure desperation.

Chesterfield lost in the first round of the Capital One Cup and in the league, drew at home to Rochdale and Rotherham United, following an opening day loss at AFC Wimbledon.

The club will now start the search for a new successor, with assistant manager Tommy Wright placed in caretaker charge for Saturday’s trip to Gillingham.

Act of desperation

Sheridan, who represented the Republic of Ireland at international level and scored the winning goal for Sheffield Wednesday in the 1991 League Cup final, shouldn’t find too many problems with getting a new job.

His name might get linked with the vacant managerial post at Coventry, who confirmed this morning that former Chelsea hard man Dennis Wise and ex-Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell had applied for the post at the Ricoh Arena.

The departure of Sheridan is another example of today’s football chairman, who when things aren’t going according to plan, act in desperation, blame and sack the manager.

Four games in and although the results haven’t quite been what everyone had been hoping for from the FA Cup semi-finalists in 1997, this goes down as a harsh and needless dismissal.

By Simon Wright – Follow me on Twitter @Siwri88

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