JOHN SHERI­DAN FACT­FILE

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Born: Manch­ester, 1964 (Age 48) Play­ing ca­reer: Signed as a young­ster by boy­hood club Manch­ester City, Sheri­dan was re­leased with­out mak­ing an ap­pear­ance and joined Leeds in 1982.

A skilled play­maker and set-piece ex­pert, he was to be­come the ful­crum of Leeds’ side, play­ing 262 games and scor­ing 52 goals be­fore a £650,000 move to Not­ting­ham For­est in 1989. Sheri­dan made only one ap­pear­ance for For­est and joined Sh­effield Wed­nes­day af­ter a sin­gle sea­son, win­ning the League Cup and pro­mo­tion to the top flight in 1991.

He also reached the FA Cup fi­nal be­fore mov­ing to Bolton in 1996, win­ning pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League in his first sea­son.

Af­ter a brief stint with Don­caster, Sheri­dan joined Old­ham in 1988. and made an­other 144 ap­pear­ances be­fore re­tir­ing, aged 39, in 2004. An Ir eland in­ter­na­tional for the best part of a decade, play­ing all four of Ire­land’s games in World Cup ’94 and also mak­ing the squad for Euro ’88 and Italia ’90. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Af­ter a brief stint as player-man­ager of Old­ham in 2003, Sheri­dan took full charge in 2006, with a sixth place fin­ish in League One fol­lowed by de­feat to Black­pool in the play-of f semi-fi­nals. That was fol­lowed by an eighth-place fin­ish in 2007-08, but Sheri­dan was sacked the fol­low­ing sea­son af­ter

a string of poor re­sults. Ap­pointed man­ager of Ch­ester­field in June 2009, Sheri­dan led the Spire­ites to the League Two ti­tle in his sec­ond sea­son.

How­ever he de­parted af­ter rel­e­ga­tion and a poor start to the 2012-13 cam­paign, r e-emerg­ing as man­ager of Ply­mouth and help­ing the Pil­grims avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

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