Chesterfield boss explains why he has 'tinkered' too much with team this season

John Sheridan believes he has 'tinkered' too much with Chesterfield's starting line-up so far this season.

Friday, 30th August 2019, 5:44 pm
Chesterfield manager John Sheridan.

Due to a poor start with no wins in the first seven matches, the Spireites boss been forced to constantly change his team to try and find the right formula.

Speaking today at a press conference ahead of the fixture with Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, he said: "If I look at myself as a manager - which I always do - I am not frightened to say when I am wrong. Because of the uncertainty of my team and who I am going to play cause no one is standing out telling me that I should be playing week in week out, I have probably messed with my team too much. I am not someone who messes with my team over my management career. It is not something I like doing. I just feel like no one is showing me they should automatically be in the team.

"I have got to look at myself and put a stamp on it and go with what I really think will get us results and get us a performance where we are going to win a game.

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"I have got to do that and stay wrong. I feel as though I am a good manager but results-wise at the start of the season are nowhere near good enough."

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"I think we definitely need more devilment in us," the Spireites boss said. "We have got to get on each others backs a little bit more, we really do. Without fighting with each other, without falling out with each other, but we have got to get on each others backs a lot more on the pitch. It is something that is missing. It is missing big time for me. It is something that does not go on a lot now in football. I think you need it, especially with the position we are in now. You just cannot keep letting things go by."

He added: "I have got good players in my team who have had promotions.

"If I am being honest it is not the young players who are making mistakes and the wrong decisions, it is the players who have been around a bit. And that is not a criticism but I have got good experience out on the pitch and we should be dealing with things a lot, lot better.

"I have got a good dressing room. They are all honest lads. They are hurting as well, as am I."

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And one week on, when asked if that is something that he still thinks, he said: "Yeah. No one is showing me enough to think 'I have got to pick you today'. Not one player. So I have to try and get a system, try and put a team out, stick with it, not mess about too much and whether we play poorly I have got to stick with the beliefs a little bit more in how I want us to play and that is what I am going to do."