King John

Sheridan rules: Chesterfield's ex-Wednesday star is set to celebrate promotion.
Sheridan rules: Chesterfield's ex-Wednesday star is set to celebrate promotion.
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JOHN Sheridan is ordering a final push for his promotion-bound Chesterfield side - 20 years after his Wembley triumph with the Owls.

It would make it a doubly happy anniverary for the Spireites boss if his team seal their place in League One over Easter.

Tomorrow it will be exactly 20 years since his goal won the League Cup for Ron Atkinson’s team against Manchester United at Wembley.

Now Chesterfield already have one hand on the League Two trophy, and can seal the title as well as promotion in the coming days.

Sheridan, the most successful boss in the region this season, looks certain to win his division’s Manager of the Year title and will be crowned King John by Chesterfield fans.

But the Hillsborough legend refuses to celebrate yet and will demand a thorough approach from his players against Oxford away on Saturday and at home to second-placed Bury on Monday.

“We’re very close [to promotion],” he told The Star, with his team seven points clear at the top.

“If we’re successful I’ll enjoy it but I try to keep my feet on the ground.

“Any manager will tell you that while people can still get to you mathematically you have to make sure you don’t fall flat on your face.

“We’re in a very good position. We’ve got two tough games this weekend.

“If we win one [or draw] we are definitely up. Then you’re looking at the title.”

On the more distant horizon is a return for him and his team to Hillsborough - where they were beaten only on penalties in this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy - and almost certainly a derby at Bramall Lane..

He added: “If we go up, we’ll celebrate what we’ve done this season.

“Then we’ll be going into a very tough league that’s likely to have two massive clubs in Wednesday and United. We’ll be trying to do well in that league as well; it will be good for the club and good for the area.”

Chesterfield will be promoted before they next kick a ball if Wycombe (on Friday) or Shrewsbury (Saturday lunch-time) fail to win.

Their Saturday opponents, Oxford, are set to include striker Steve MacLean, who is on loan from Plymouth and scored a vital goal in the Owls’ 4-2 win against Hartlepool in the 2005 League One Play-off Final.