Former Owls hero John Sheridan takes over at Newport County

John Sheridan is the new manager of Newport County
John Sheridan is the new manager of Newport County
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Former Sheffield Wednesday hero John Sheridan is confident he has the knowledge to succeed at Newport County, after agreeing to take the reins at Rodney Parade.

Sheridan, who wrote his name into Wednesday folklore with the winning goal in the 1991 League Cup final win over Manchester United, was confirmed as Terry Butcher's short-term replacement at the League Two side this morning.

The former midfielder enjoyed a 23-year playing career, racking up over 700 appearances, and has also managed Oldham, Chesterfield and Plymouth since hanging up his boots. He took Chesterfield to the League Two title in 2011.

He also played over 30 times for the Republic of Ireland, representing them in the World Cup Finals of 1990 and 1994.

"From my time at with Plymouth, Chesterfield and Oldham, I know what is required to succeed in this division," Sheridan, who turned 51 yesterday, said.

“Following the Supporters Trust taking control of the club in the past twenty-four hours, I am confident that if the players and fans work together we can help the squad climb the table, away from the relegation zone."

Sheridan will be assisted by Byron Anthony and Michael Flynn for his first game in charge, at home to Exeter City tomorrow.

County sacked Butcher after Newport County Supporters' Trust raised the required £195,000 to take over the club.

"The trust board are delighted that John has agreed to join us," a club statement said.

"He comes with an excellent track record and we would ask fans continue to support the club by coming along to John's first game against Exeter on Saturday, and of course the first game as a supporter owned community based club."

Sheridan is a hero amongst Owls fans after helping them win the 1991 League Cup

Sheridan is a hero amongst Owls fans after helping them win the 1991 League Cup