After agreeing a three-year contract to rejoin Chesterfield as manager, John Sheridan admitted that he probably wouldn’t have left Carlisle United to move anywhere else.

Explaining his decision to leave Carlisle, at a time when they are competing for promotion from League Two, to take charge of the Spireites, Sheridan said: “Once I knew the club was interested, knowing Dave (Allen) and how well we got on last time was a big plus. I knew what I was coming to.

“It was a difficult decision; we were having a decent season, getting in a play-off position with Carlisle, but I probably wouldn’t have moved anywhere else.

“I’ve come with the belief and the confidence to get the club back to where it was a couple of years ago. My aim is to keep them in the league this season – it’s the most important thing on my mind at this moment.

“Everything about the place, the fanbase, the crowd, it’s there. I knew what I was coming to.”

When asked about the prospect of managing in the National League for the first time, he said: “I’ll be going to grounds, teams and players I don’t know much, but I’ve got a good knowledge of lower leagues. It’s a very tough league, a lot of good players are coming and dropping to the Conference now.

“I’ve got a good track record and I think that’s one of the reasons that Dave has brought me back because I’m going to get them back to where they were and I appreciate that. I’m thankful for that and I hope I don’t let him down.”

Sheridan produced an exciting, attacking brand of football during his first spell with the Spireites but he insists that results are all-important now. “We need to win games,” he said. “I’m talking attractive football, but we’ve got to be hard to beat and we need to win games as quickly as we can.”


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