John Sheridan’s return to the Chesterfield managerial role has now been confirmed.

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder, who played in the 1990 and 1994 World Cup, had been reportedly set to return to the Spireites after resigning from his role at Carlisle United last week. The appointment could be seen as quite a coup for the club, as the 54-year-old leaves a side in the play-off places of League Two for one in the relegation zone of the Vanarama National League.

Ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United star Sheridan managed Chesterfield from June 2009 to August 2012, delivering promotion to League One as champions in 2011, before relegation the following season. The Manchester native has also managed Oldham Athletic (where he starred as a player) three times, Plymouth Argyle, Newport County, Notts County and Fleetwood Town in his career.

His assistant at Chesterfield will be Glynn Snodin.

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