SPIREITES manager John Sheridan admitted his time at the B2net could be running out.
Following the humiliating home defeat against League Two Torquay in the FA Cup he said: “I’ll tell the players we have to stay together and keep fighting. If we don’t, I won’t be here and the players won’t be in the side.
“I always try and make playing the game simple but the way we’re playing at the moment, we’re making it look difficult.”
With Chesterfield’s only two wins in their last 11 games being in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, the pressure is seriously on Sheridan to turn things around and that starts at his former stamping ground, Boundary Park. Sheridan was manager of Oldham Athletic for almost three seasons, and was sacked despite his side being in the hunt for a play-off place.
Sheridan has regularly signed players who worked for him at Oldham, and they all generally applauded his approach and his style of play, recent acquisitions Leon Clarke and Neal Trotman fitting that bill.
However he goes to Oldham with huge pressure on him having seen his side slump from 14th following their last league win against Carlisle United in September, to 22nd.
Spireites were booed off by many following their FA Cup exit, they’ve not kept a clean sheet in 12 games and have conceded at least two goals in seven of their last eight games.
Scoring goals is less of a problem, with Jordan Bowery scoring five times in the last three games.
It looks unlikely that defeat at Boundary Park would end the manager’s reign - he signed a new four-year deal in the summer - it will make his relationship with supporters who were so impressed last season, much more strained going in to the home game against Sheffield United.