TOMMY Wright is a contender for the vacant manager’s job at Chesterfield, chief executive Chris Turner has confirmed.
The Spireites have begun their search for a new boss following the board’s decision to axe John Sheridan yesterday after the team’s sluggish start to the season.
However, Turner has stated Wright, who was Sheridan’s No 2, will oversee first-team affairs for the “foreseeable future” and will be assisted by coach Mark Crossley.
Turner revealed that there have already been applications for the post received but has stressed: “We’ll be looking at the long term, not for a quick fix. Tommy will be the man in charge for the foreseeable future and we will see what happens.
“We need to take stock of the situation so we are not looking to make an immediate appointment.
“We need to be up there challenging this season; we expect that, the fans expect that and Tommy and Mark now have a crack at impressing the players and the fans.
“Tommy has a high work ethic; he’s hugely enthusiastic and he’s now on the stage. If he has the luck and run of the ball, he could do very well here. The club and the players need to get over this quickly and start working towards the game on Saturday at Gillingham. We now need the club to kick on again.”
Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Rotherham United left the Spireites with just two points from their opening three League Two fixtures. They were also dumped out of the Capital One Cup in the first round after losing at home to Tranmere Rovers.
Turner said the decision to sack Sheridan was taken over the Bank Holiday weekend and was a tough one.
Turner, a former Sheffield Wednesday team-mate of Sheridan’s, said: “It’s disappointing, but every manager in football realises there’s always a possibility of a change.
“We believed in John enough to give him the summer to rebuild the squad for a one season fight to get back to League One. But certain things happen that make you have to look at the situation and that’s what has happened here. It’s felt that now is the right time to make this very difficult decision. John has brough success here but there comes a time when the time is right to move things along.”
John Sheridan factfile
Aged 47, made over 600 appearances for clubs including Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Oldham Athletic.
Capped 34 times by the Republic of Ireland.
Before joining Spireites in June 2009, was boss of Oldham for three years. Spireites finished eighth in first season in charge.
Buoyed by moving into a new multi-million pound stadium, Sheridan led Chesterfield to League Two title in 2011.
Last year, Sheridan’s side claimed the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in March, beating Swindon Town 2-0 in the final at Wembley but suffered relegation.