John Sheridan: ‘Dropping down to League Two Magpies not a mistake’

Video: John Sheridan indicates how his backroom set-up will work

When John Sheridan left League One Oldham Athletic to join Notts County, a few heads were turned.

But the new Magpies boss says he did not have to think twice about it.

The 51-year-old, whose arrival was announced Friday, has said the club’s current position in League Two is a false one and they are a club “far bigger than the current league position suggests”.

Sheridan is confident that Notts have what it takes because of the size of the club.

Speaking at his first Meadow Lane press conference on Tuesday, the 51-year-old said: “I’ve played here, I’ve managed here and I know they’ve been in the top leagues. It’s the size of the club really. I don’t know if I’m getting a bit of a reputation for coming in and getting clubs out of the dire positions they are in.

“I just think it’s a really attractive proposition to come in and try and do what I’ve done of late and get the club back to where they belong.”

The former Republic of Ireland international spent a large part of his career at Oldham as both a player and a manager and insists it was “hard” to leave Boundary Park.

I’ve just gone with my instincts

He said: “I don’t what to delve too deep into it but everyone knows my affection for Oldham, I was there for a long time as both a player and a manager so yeah it was really hard for me to leave.

“I’ve just gone with my instincts really. My instincts are telling me to come here. I feel like I did a really good job there (Oldham) and I kept them in the league, which was my main objective.

“I was preparing for next season there and looking forward to it but this offer has come along and it’s just something I felt I couldn’t turn down.

“Hopefully at the end of the day, I will have made the right decision but only time will tell.”


Picture: Sheridan has also taken Plymouth and Oldham into the play-offs in the past

Sheridan has pedigree at this level, having guided Chesterfield to the title in 2011 as well as winning the Football League Trophy with the club.

Magpies chief executive Jason Turner said he is “thrilled” to have secured Sheridan and can’t wait to see how the former Republic of Ireland international does in the Meadow Lane dugout.

Sheridan is accompanied in the Notts County hot seat by former Forest goalkeeper Mark Crossley, who will act as Sheridan’s assistant manager.

“In Mark Crossley, we are bringing in an assistant who knows this level of football well and enjoyed success at Chesterfield working alongside John,” Turner added.

Watch Notts TV News at 5.30pm, 6pm, 7pm and 10pm to see extended highlights from the press conference. 

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