The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Jamie Holt

STEVE­NAGE new boy Steven Schu­macher has de­scribed his first meet­ing with boss and for­mer Eng­land striker Teddy Sher­ing­ham as a “sur­real” ex­pe­ri­ence.

Last sea­son’s beaten play­off semi-fi­nal­ists handed 49-year-old Sher­ing­ham his first man­age­rial role dur­ing the sum­mer and he has wasted no time in putting to­gether a fresh squad – in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of exChelsea goal­keeper Dmitri Kharine to his back­room staff.

But Schu­macher, 31, says he could not be­lieve his eyes when he first ar­rived at the club from Fleet­wood Town.

“It was a bit sur­real,” said Schu­macher. “When I came down the first thing Teddy Sher­ing­ham said to me was ‘do you want a cup of tea?’

“I looked at the chair­man think­ing, I can’t be­lieve Teddy Sher­ing­ham’s mak­ing me a cup of tea.”

Sher­ing­ham, who scored 288 goals in 755 league ap­pear­ances, worked pre­vi­ously as the at­tack­ing coach at Premier League side West Ham.

And Schu­macher has no doubts he pos­sesses all the qual­i­ties re­quired to be a suc­cess­ful man­ager.

“He’s worked with the best, so I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with him,” added Schu­macher.

“At the mo­ment he’s calm and laid back, but I’m sure if things don’t go well he could lose his tem­per.

“We have to take each game as it comes and try to learn from each other.”

SHOCK: Steven Schu­macher

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