Sheridan’s war chest

Last Game at Saltergate - John Sheridan
Last Game at Saltergate - John Sheridan

Chesterfield FC has backed manager John Sheridan by promising to provide him with a war chest in his battle to preserve the club’s League One status.

The Spireites are rock bottom of the table and club bosses have decided to support Sheridan in his bid to steer the club out of the drop zone.

The board issued their statement on Wednesday morning, after a 3-2 defeat against second-bottom Wycombe and before Saturday’s match at the B2net against relegation-threatened Walsall.

It has also been signalled that ‘further footballing expertise’ would be brought in at ‘boardroom level’.

The statement said: “Chesterfield FC is aware of the concerns of its fans in view of the club’s current league position and wish to provide some reassurance by the actions that the club is taking to redress the current situation.

“The club’s first priority is to avoid relegation after successfully winning promotion to League One last season and so, following discussions between chairman Barrie Hubbard and majority shareholder Dave Allen, action is being taken in full support of that key objective.

“After last season’s outstanding success the club takes the view that manager John Sheridan doesn’t suddenly become a bad manager overnight.

“John, and his management team, will be supported in their endeavours with changes both on and off the pitch. Further footballing expertise will be brought in at boardroom level and the manager has been given the thumbs up to improve the squad during the January transfer window. The majority shareholder Dave Allen has confirmed that funds are being made available.

“The club wishes to thank all of its supporters, sponsors, and customers for their continued valuable support and, in appreciation, is looking for a radical improvement during the second half of the season.’’

Meanwhile, Leon Clarke has returned to Swindon after his loan spell with Chesterfield expired following the disappointing 3-2 defeat at Wycombe.

And the striker goes back to Wiltshire as the Spireites leading marksman this term, having scored nine times.

Clarke made his debut in August and the highlight of his spell at the B2net was the hat-trick he scored on September 17 when Chesterfield defeated Carlisle 4-1, their last League One victory.

Clarke joined Swindon in August but had a public falling out with Robins manager Paolo Di Canio which precipitated his short-term move to Chesterfield.

Meanwhile, French-born midfielder Jimmy Juan is still training with the Spireites. Juan, 28, was given special permission by the FA to turn out for the reserves in their 3-1 Central Midland Cup victory over Port Vale. And he could be in line to play again on Monday at the B2net when Chesterfield entertain Rotherham in the Central Midlands Cup on Monday, kick off at 2pm.