RONNIE Moore is tipping his rival manager John Sheridan to go on and have a “great” managerial career at a higher level.
The pair will swap their friendship for a dugout rivalry tomorrow in the big League Two clash at the B2net when Rotherham United will aim to slow Chesterfield’s promotion juggernaut on its way to an apparently inevitable promotion glory and, quite likely, the title as well.
The pair keep in touch - and have done so through this season despite the rivalry - and it was Moore, when manager at Oldham, who introduced Sheridan onto the coaching side at that time.
“He was sort of doing next-to-nothing but I felt he should be involved,” said Moore. “The thing was that when we had games in training, ‘Shez’ was still the best player around the place even though he’d turned 40 then,” chuckled the Millers boss.
“When we worked on set-pieces, we’d get him to take them all because his delivery was just brilliant.”
It was Sheridan who actually succeeded Moore after just a year at Boundary Park. “I always felt that he had a future as a manager,” said Moore.
“He doesn’t suffer fools gladly and if you want a diplomatic answer then you might not get it but he’s proving what he can do at Chesterfield and he’s doing a fantastic job there.
“In fact, I think he has a great chance of making a great career in management at a higher level.
“He was a top player, he understands the game, he’s got good contacts and he gets his sides to play - and with a bit more pace than he had when he was a player! Of course, I’d love to put one over on him again on Friday and it’s a game I know we’re both looking forward to. Whatever happens, we’ll have a chat afterwards.”
The size of Rotherham’s task is reflected in the fact Chesterfield have by far the best home record in the division. Rotherham had the second best until Gillingham overtook them on Saturday!