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Sheridan Signs as Magpies Manager

27 May 2016

Notts County are delighted to announce that John Sheridan has been appointed as the club’s new First Team Manager.

Notts County are delighted to announce that John Sheridan has been appointed as the club’s new First Team Manager.

Sheridan, a former Republic of Ireland international, joins the Magpies from Oldham Athletic where he steered the club to 17th place in League One having taken over in January with the team in 22nd position and five points from safety.

The 51-year-old, who has signed a three-year contract, has a proven track record in the Football League, winning the League Two title and Football League Trophy with Chesterfield, whilst guiding both Oldham and Plymouth Argyle to the play offs.

Mark Crossley also joins the club as Assistant Manager, having previously worked alongside Sheridan at Chesterfield. Alan Smith, Mike Edwards and Kevin Pilkington complete the Magpies backroom setup, whilst retaining their playing registrations.

Smith will continue his development as a coach by working towards obtaining his UEFA B Licence during the season. 

The club can also confirm that Richard Dryden leaves Meadow Lane with immediate effect and would like to place on record huge thanks for his hard work and service.

Chief Executive Jason Turner said of the appointment of the new managerial team: “I’m absolutely thrilled that we have secured John Sheridan as Notts County manager and very much look forward to working with him again when he takes up his position on Tuesday.

“He’s vastly experienced with a proven track record at this level, so to attract somebody of his calibre is a real statement of intent by the club.

“As a League Two title winner and having taken Plymouth Argyle to the play offs, as well as changing fortunes at sides such as Oldham and Newport, I’m confident that we’ve found a manager who can have us challenging for promotion at the top-end of the League Two table.

“We will now work together to build a squad capable of taking up that challenge for the 2016/17 season.

“In Mark Crossley, we are bringing in an assistant who knows this level of football well and enjoyed success at Chesterfield working alongside John.”

On joining the club Sheridan said: “I’m delighted to be joining Notts County and relishing the opportunity to get the club challenging for promotion to League One.

“The decision to leave Oldham was not an easy one and I will always retain my affection for the club and its fans.

“Notts County is a big club - far bigger than its current league position suggests and having taken Chesterfield to the League Two title, I know what is required to succeed and get the club back to a higher level.”

Speaking of his previous visits to Meadow Lane, he said: “As both an opposition player and manager over the years, the tremendous home support has always made it a tough place come  – this passion can make a real difference and give us a huge advantage in our endeavours next season.” 

Notts County would like to express thanks to both Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield for dealing with our approaches in a professional and amicable manner.

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