The only way is up!

FP89916 CFC manager John Sheridan with the league2 champions trophy.
FP89916 CFC manager John Sheridan with the league2 champions trophy.

John Sheridan has one aim in mind as Chesterfield FC kick off their League One campaign at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

The Blues boss, who guided his team to the League Two championship in May and scooped the manager of the year laurels, would like a repeat performance.

He said: “I always look at promotion. I do not want to stop in that division and I would like to get out of it by winning promotion.’’

But the Spireites chief knows it will be a tough call.

“We will be playing better teams with better players. But I think it will be an evenly-balanced league.

“We are a good team and last season we did some good things and I hope we can carry some of the momentum into next season.

“And we will be trying to do again some of the things we did last season,’’ said the B2net team manager.

It has been well documented that last season’s leading marksman Craig Davies, who scored 25 times, moved to Barnsley and that Deane Smalley, who was on loan from Oldham and scored 12 goals, opted for a switch to Oxford.

But Sheridan remains steadfast in his confidence.

He said: “I am comfortable. We have good players to kick off this season.’’

And he acknowledged that his search to beef up the team’s fire-power was still on.

He said: “There are lots of players out there, but it is important to only bring in a player who will help us improve.

“I have to be patient because I want to get the right man.’’

It is thought Sheridan could be casting an eye over a number of frontmen with Premier League or Championships clubs who could move to the B2net on loan, but he does have other options as well.

There was considerable speculation linking Crewe’s Clayton Donaldson with Chesterfield but last season’s leading League Two marksman signed for Brentford.

And there has also been terrace talk that Leicester City’s French-born frontman Dany N’Guessan is on the radar.

Dean Morgan, who has most often been employed in a wide position, can operate as a striker and the Blues gaffer may choose to use him in that role.

He said: “Morgan has great ability, he has played as a forward and I may look at playing him there. It is a big season for him. I hope he can stay fit and stand up and be counted for the team.’’

Sheridan also has high hopes of his new midfielder Mark Randall making a big impact.

Sheridan said: “Randall is an excellent footballer. After leaving Arsenal he’s now in a new set-up. He has to learn to discipline himself on the pitch.

“I hope I can work with him to help him improve as a player and in turn he can improve us as a team.’’

In addition to Randall, Sheridan has also signed former Yeovil Town left back Nathan Smith and ex-Oldham goalkeeper Greg Fleming, who has been playing in Ireland with Galway United.