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John Joseph Sheridan (born 1 October 1964) is an former Englishmarker-born Republic of Ireland international footballer, currently manager of League Two side Chesterfield. He is also the brother of Barrow manager and former footballer Darren Sheridan.

After not making any appearances for Manchester City, he began his football career at Leeds United in the 1982–83 season. During his time at Sheffield Wednesday, he scored the winning goal in the 1991 Football League Cup Final in a 1–0 victory over Manchester United.

Playing career

Club career

Born in Stretfordmarker, Greater Manchestermarker, Sheridan began his career with Leeds United in 1982, playing 267 times and scoring 52 goals. He was a cult hero at Leeds with his free-kick and passing ability and was the bright shining light in a dark time for the Yorkshiremarker club. After falling out with new manager Howard Wilkinson, he was sold to Nottingham Forest in August 1989. He made only one appearance for Forest (in a League Cup tie against Huddersfield) before joining Sheffield Wednesday in November of the same year. It was with Sheffield Wednesday that Sheridan played arguably the best football of his career, scoring 33 goals in 243 appearances. Sheridan will always be remembered by Wednesday faithful for his "rocket" goal in their 1–0 win over Manchester United in the 1991 Football League Cup Final. Ironically, Sheridan is a lifelong Manchester United supporter.

Towards the end of his Wednesday career, he joined Birmingham City on loan for four games. After playing 36 times and scoring two goals for Bolton Wanderers between 1996 and 1998, Sheridan looked to be on the verge of calling time on his career when he joined non-league Doncaster Rovers in 1998, making just eight appearances into the Conference following their relegation from the Football League, before he accepted Andy Ritchie's offer of a senior comeback with Oldham Athletic, where he played a further 162 games, scoring 17 goals, most from set-pieces or the penalty spot. An emotional return to Hillsboroughmarker in August 2003 where he scored to secure a draw saw Sheridan applauded off the field by both sets of fans.

International career

Sheridan also won 34 cap for the Republic of Ireland, scoring five times. He also scored the 100th Irish international goal at Lansdowne Roadmarker in 1994 against Bolivia.

Sheridan was part of the squad that travelled to Euro 88 but didn't feature in any of Ireland's three games. Sheridan was also part of two world cup squads in 1990 and 1994. He played just one game as a substitute in 1990 and started in all 4 matches in 1994 including a win over Italy in the opening game. Ireland won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Ray Houghton, Sheridan also hit the bar during the game.

In Qualifying Sheridan scored one goal against Spain but as a result of goal difference this was actually an important goal despite Ireland losing 3-1. Had Ireland lost 3-0 they wouldn't have qualified.

Managerial career

Oldham Athletic

Following the departure of Iain Dowie to Crystal Palace in late 2003, Sheridan took over the coaching of the Oldham first team, along with fellow-veteran David Eyres, before they were both replaced by Brian Talbot. On 1 June 2006, Talbot's successor, Ronnie Moore, was himself shown the door, and Sheridan stepped in to fill in the manager's position on a permanent basis.

On 7 December 2006, Sheridan was named Football League One Manager of the Month. He guided Oldham to sixth place in League One in 2006–07, and their promotion challenge was ended in the play-off semifinals by eventual winners Blackpool.

They finished eighth the following season, but had made a far more convincing bid for promotion during the 2008-09 season. On 9 March 2009, reports surfaced of a fight involving players and Sheridan at a racetrack, which Sheridan reported as being "overblown." Despite the incidents, Sheridan remained with the club for the next game, a 6–2 loss to Milton Keynes Dons. The following day, following a talk between Sheridan and Oldham managing director Simon Corney, Sheridan agreed to leave the club. He was immediately replaced with former Oldham manager Joe Royle. Sheridan later admitted that a series of poor results had led to his departure from Oldham.

Chesterfield

On 9 June 2009, after much deliberation, Sheridan was named as manager of Chesterfield in League Two. Signing a three-year contract with the club, he brought assistant Tommy Wright and goalkeeper Mark Crossley along with him.

Career statistics

Playing statistics

! rowspan=2|Club
! rowspan=2|Years
! colspan=2|League
! colspan=2|FA Cup
! colspan=2|League Cup
! colspan=2|Total
! Apps !! Goals !! Apps !! Goals !! Apps !! Goals !! Apps !! Goals
| align=left|Manchester City || align=left|1981–1982
| 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0
! 0 !! 0
| align=left|Leeds United || align=left|1982–1989
|230 || 47 || 18 || 3 || 24 || 3
!272 !! 53
| align=left|Nottingham Forest || align=left|1989
| 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 1 || 0
! 1 !! 0
| align=left|Sheffield Wednesday || align=left|1989–1996
|199 || 25 || 20 || 3 || 24 || 3
!243 !! 31
| align=left|Birmingham City || align=left|1996
| 2 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 2 || 0
! 4 !! 0
| align=left|Bolton Wanderers || align=left|1996
| 6 || 3 || 0 || 0 || 1 || 0
! 7 !! 3
| align=left|Bolton Wanderers || align=left|1996–1998
| 33 || 0 || 2 || 0 || 1 || 0
! 36 !! 0
| align=left|Doncaster Rovers || align=left|1998
| 7 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0
! 7 !! 0
| align=left|Oldham Athletic || align=left|1998–2004
|144 || 14 || 15 || 2 || 4 || 0
!163 !! 16
! colspan=2|Total
! 621 !! 89 !! 55 !! 8 !! 57 !! 6
! 733 !! 103


Managerial statistics

! rowspan=2|Team
! rowspan=2|Nat
! rowspan=2|From
! rowspan=2|To
! colspan=5|Record
! G !! W !! D !! L !! Win %
| align=left|Oldham Athletic
|
| align=left|31 October 2001 || align=left|7 November 2001
| 1 || 0 || 1 || 0 || 0
| align=left|Oldham Athletic
|
| align=left|20 December 2003 || align=left|10 March 2004
| 12 || 2 || 6 || 4 || 16.7
| align=left|Oldham Athletic
|
| align=left|1 June 2006 || align=left|15 March 2009
| 151 || 61 || 43 || 47 || 40.4
| align=left|Chesterfield
|
| align=left|9 June 2009 || align=left|present
| 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0
! colspan=4|Total
! 164 !! 63 !!51 !! 50 !!


Honours

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