Sheridan lands Chesterfield job

John Sheridan, the former Owls midfielder and Oldham Athletic manager, is the new manager of Chesterfield.

But he's not the only new face at Saltergate.

At a press conference this lunchtime his assistant was named as former Latics assistant manager Tommy Wright, and Mark Crossley, the former Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper, is the club's new coach.

The new management team have been employed on three year contracts until June 2012.

Other members of the John Sheridan's backroom team are fitness coach Shane Nicholson, now employed on a new two year contract, and existing staff - physio Jamie Hewitt and scout Dave Thompson.

The contract of former assistant manager Scott Sellars has not been renewed.

More about John Sheridan

Born Oct 1, 1964, in Manchester, he started his playing career as a trainee at Manchester City.

He joined Leeds in 1982 and played 267 games for them, scoring 52 goals before being signed by Forest manager Brian Clough for 650,000 in 1989.

After only three months at Forest, Ron Atkinson took him to Hillsborough for 500,000 in November 1989.

Sheridan scored the Wednesday goal that beat Manchester United 1-0 in the Rumbelows League Cup final in 1991 and was a key man in the Owls side that finished third in the top flight, played in Europe and played in the FA Cup Final and League Cup final in 1993.

He made the last of his 244 appearances for Wednesday in September, 1996 before joining Bolton.

Sheridan played 34 times for the Republic of Ireland.

He was appointed Oldham player-coach in October 2001, becoming manager three years ago.In 151 games in charge he had 61 wins and 47 defeats.

He led the Latics to a play-off semi-final in his first season and just missed the top six in his second.

Parted company with the Latics in March 2009.

Other members of the management team

Tommy Wright's playing career included spells at Oldham, Middlesbrough and in his native Scotland with St Johnstone and Livingston before a spell at Doncaster during their Conference days.

Mark Crossley, expected to double up as coach and back-up keeper, had a loan spell at Hillsborough but is best remembered for a 13-year spell at Nottingham Forest, much of it under Brian Clough, who also signed Sheridan as a player.