League Two side Carlisle United have appointed a successor to Keith Curle, who left the club at the end of the 2017-18 season. They have opted for John Sheridan, who has managed a myriad of Football League sides, but was most recently in charge of League One side Fleetwood Town, meaning that he's not got too far to travel for his next position. His major management career highlights have taken in three spells with Oldham Athletic, plus one each with Chesterfield and Plymouth Argyle.
It's that trio of clubs that brought most of his management success. he took Oldham to the League One play-offs in 2006-07, then gave Chesterfield promotion from League Two in 2010-11. Sheridan then took Plymouth to the League Two play-offs in 2014-15, managing them through a difficult period just after the Devon side had come out of administration and gradually turning them into a promotion-challenging club.
His last few appointments haven't been quite so fruitful, and have all been rather brief. Since October 2015, he's taken in Newport County, Oldham (again), Notts County, Oldham (for a third time), then Fleetwood Town with the longest that he's managed in any of those five spells being 33 games. That said, his 13 game spell with Fleetwood at the end of last season was impressive enough to steer them away from the relegation area and up into lower midtable.
There is no mention of Sheridan's contract length at Brunton Park. However, Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens claimed that their decision to appoint Sheridan came from an extensive process of selection:
"John has a record of success, and he is respected by managers, players and fans in equal measure. He is known for getting the absolute best out of players, and has a commitment to bringing young players through. I know that he will bring his characteristic determination, motivation and ambition to the club. Time and time, he has shown that he has been able to deliver results in the face of stiff competition. This appointment has been the result of a thorough and extensive process. The process has been comprehensive, and we have no doubt that John Sheridan is absolutely the right man for the job."
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