CHESTERFIELD: Caretaker boss looks to stake Spireites claim

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TOMMY Wright feels privileged to have been given the caretaker manager’s role at Chesterfield following John Sheridan’s dismissal.

The Scot said: “What’s happened in the last few days has been a bit helter-skelter and I find myself in this position. It’s a privilege to be asked; it’s a fantastic football club. There are a lot of people who’d like to be sitting where I’m sitting now.

“There’s been a bit of negativity lately but you’ve got to look at the positives. We’ve got some good players, a fantastic stadium and fantastic fans.”

Having been Sheridan’s assistant for over six years at Spireites and Oldham, Wright confirmed: “It’s been a bitter-sweet feeling, but we’re both professional.

“It happens in football and I’ve now just got to do the best of my ability. John gave me his blessing so I’ll do my best.

“It came as a surprise. It all happened in the space of 10 minutes. John came in to tell me he’d been dismissed and then chief executive Chris Turner asked me if I’d take charge. The board has been very supportive to me and the people around the club have shown me a lot of good will and they all want me to do well.

“I’ve had nothing but positive feeling since I took over.”

Midfielder Danny Whitaker, signed by Sheridan having also played for him at Oldham, knows the manager more than most.

Asked what the mood was like in the dressing room following Sheridan’s departure, he said: “Not bad to be fair. Anything can happen in football from one day to the next. We were all a little bit shocked the other day but we just have to get on with it.”

On the news that striker Jordan Bowery will be moving to Aston Villa, the deal is likely to be sewn up today, Whitaker added: “We’re all shocked at that as well, he’s a good player with bags of potential so we wish him all the best.”

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Giles Coke is believed to be a transfer target for Wright ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Gillingham who, 25 years ago this weekend, beat Spireites 10-0. Coke started for the Owls against Fulham in midweek.