September 26, 2012 by Hamilton Fan
The biggest mistake Chesterfield Football Club have made this year is keeping John Sheridan in a job as long as they did. Sheridan deserves a lot of praise for the job he did at Chesterfield. Not just for getting them promoted as league champions from League Two in 2011 and to leading them to victory at Wembley last season in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, but also the style in which, for the first two seasons of his Chesterfield career at least, how his side played in such an adventurous, positive manner. However, many Chesterfield fans believed his time should have been up well before the end of last season’s bitterly disappointing campaign.
To relieve him of his duties just three games in to the league season, after backing him so strongly during the summer both vocally and in terms of the sizeable budget he received to strengthen the squad, shows a huge misjudgement on the board’s part, for which they must take the blame. Tommy Wright, John Sheridan’s assistant, is now in temporary charge, however it is looking more and more likely that he will be appointed permanently, at least until the end of this season. Chesterfield fans are rightly wary of such an appointment and of giving the job to John Sheridan’s right hand man, especially if it were to be until the end of the season – it strikes many as a lack of ambition. Although Tommy Wright has enjoyed a relatively successful start results-wise, the performances have been of concern. Nervousness has begun to creep in to Chesterfield’s game, understandably some may say, but the performances have been far from convincing. It is vital that the powers that be make the right appointment. With the investment in to the football club in recent times, staying in League Two for the foreseeable future is not an option.
Sheridan left the club with an unbalanced squad, but there is certainly still talent there to be worked with. At League Two level, Chesterfield is a very attractive job for many managers. The board must take full advantage of this and conduct a proper and thorough search to find the right man for the job. It is not a time for Chesterfield to accept mediocrity. Promotion is still a realistic possibility, but a new approach is needed.