"Stumpy" Bro Set For Oakwell Role?

Chesterfield boss John Sheridan- the brother of Barnsley legend Darren- has become the new name in the frame to succeed Mark Robins at Oakwell after the club has become increasingly annoyed at the knock backs from Keith Hill, Russell Slade and more recently, Roy Keane.

Now Sheridan who, this season ended the Spireites four year exile in the bottom tier of the Football League by winning the League Two title could be temped by a double your money offer to make the short trip across South Yorkshire.

Sheridan, 46, joined Chesterfield in the summer of 2009 after three years in charge of Oldham and after leading them to eighth in his first season in charge, finally got them promoted this season. This has seen Spireites Chairman Barrie Hubbard move quickly to offer the former Republic of Ireland international a new five year contract, but Reds chief Patrick Cryne is ready to offer Sheridan double the wages to become his fourth permanent manager in seven years.

The Sheridan name has a large place in Barnsley history as John’s brother Darren was an integral part of the Reds team which won promotion to the Premier League in 1997. “Stumpy” as he was affectionately known for his small stature made 197 league and cup appearances for Barnsley in a six year spell after signing from non league Winsford United for just £10,000 in the summer of 1993, including 45 in that historic 1996-1997 campaign. He made another 33 in the Premier League season and was one of three Barnsley players sent off in a highly controversial 3-2 defeat to Liverpool. He moved to Wigan on a free transfer in the summer of 1999 and had further spells at Oldham, Clyde, St Johnstone and Barrow where he is currently player manager at the grand old age of 43.

Meanwhile several newspaper reports are claiming today that Hull director of football Adam Pearson could be lining up a consortium to buy out Patrick Cryne.

Cryne has made no secret of his desire to sell and Pearson who has been highly successful at Hull could be set to pounce.