Former Sheffield Wednesday man to step into League One dugout after Owls legend's remarkable resignation
The resignation of one of Sheffield Wednesday’s greatest-ever players from their managerial role at a League One club will hand an opportunity to another former Owl, it has been confirmed.
John Sheridan’s departure from relegation-threatened Swindon Town was confirmed by the Wiltshire club this morning after the 1991 Rumbelows Cup hero announced his resignation in a remarkable post-match interview after yesterday’s 4-1 defeat at MK Dons.
With four matches to go in the season, the Robins are seven points shy of safety after a run of five consecutive defeats.
And in a statement confirming the Wednesday legend’s departure, Swindon confirmed that another former Wednesday man will assist in the effort to stage a survival miracle, with the club’s head of academy coaching Lee Peacock coming in as second in command to Sheridan’s former assistant Tommy Wright.
Peacock was a key man in the side that took the Owls out of League One through the playoffs in 2005.
In a hugely honest and explosive final interview with Radio Wiltshire, Sheridan said: “I’ve just told the players I’m going to have a break now.
“When you’re successful and winning games, there’s no better job. But when you’re losing, it’s very difficult and you’ve got to answer questions all the time.”
There is a further Wednesday connection in that former Owls boss Paul Jewell is the club’s director of football.
Sheridan continued: “I’ve already spoken to Paul Jewell, I’m going to speak to the chairman, and I’m going to give it a miss. I’m going to resign.
“I felt like this three weeks ago. I do really care about football and Swindon, even though I’ve only been here a short time. There are good people here, it’s a good club that is well-supported.
“I was coming here expecting to do really well, and lots of things have coincided with why we’re not winning games.
“We’ve had injuries, we’ve not had a settled side, but I’m the manager and I know what goes with the job if you’re not winning games.
“I’ve made that decision – it’s a difficult one for me to make, but hopefully the club can stay in this league.
“While there are four games to go, hopefully someone can come in and work a miracle to try and help the team get a few results.”