Sheridan: Aim is to bounce straight back

Chesterfield manager John Sheridan surveys the scene at Yeovil
Chesterfield manager John Sheridan surveys the scene at Yeovil
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John Sheridan wants Chesterfield FC to win back their place in League One at the first attempt.

The Spireites manager outlined his plan for the 2012/13 campaign after the final whistle at Yeovil – where the 3-2 defeat confirmed relegation to League Two after just one term at the higher level.

Sheridan was clearly disappointed after his men fell through the trapdoor but he remained steadfastly up-beat and optimistic.

He said: “If I’m here, it’s important that we bounce straight back and hit the ground running next season.’’

He admitted that he had used too many players and that the 17-match run with out winning a league game, between September and January, had a major bearing on the demotion.

Assistant manager Tommy Wright also believes the team let in too many goals to have a genuine chance of being successful in League One.

He said: “We’ve conceded far too many and it has cost us dearly.’’

In their 45 games so far, the Blues have let in 78 goals – an average of more than 1.7 per game.

Such statistics means that, on average, the team needed to score three times to secure maximum points.

Wright acknowledged that the last couple of years have been kind to the Spireites with the move to the club’s new home, winning the championship last season and lifting the JP Trophy at Wembley this term.

But following the relegation he said: “Everybody is feeling flat but we will work hard and must make sure that we bounce straight back.’’

Wright added that two blueprints had been drawn up – one if the club survived in League One and the other in case it went down.

And he said that in the near future Sheridan and he would sit down with majority shareholder Dave Allen and chief executive Chris Turner to get the wheels in motion.

However, Chesterfield have one final match remaining and it is important that the team signs off on a positive note on Saturday, when Brentford are the visitors at the B2net.

Wright said: “We want to go out on a high, get our pride back and win for the fans.’’

When the season finishes, the hard work begins for Sheridan as he has to reshape his options to face the challenge ahead.

More than a dozen players are out of contract this summer and such a number should give the Blues boss sufficient scope and room for manoeuvre to rebuild his squad to enable him to launch a bid for automatic promotion next season.

Yeovil match report: 82.