John Sheridan's offer to resign as Swindon boss accepted ahead of huge Portsmouth game
Swindon Town head into their game with Pompey on Tuesday night with manager John Sheridan’s offer to resign being accepted by the club.
The County Ground fixture (6pm) is huge for both clubs, with the Robins desperately looking to avoid relegation and the Blues eager to finish in the play-offs.
Both of those hopes were dented on Saturday, though, with Pompey dropping out of the top six with defeat at MK Dons and Swindon moving to the bottom of the table after losing to AFC Wimbledon.
Danny Cowley’s response to the Blues’ latest promotion setback was to insist his side would be in the play-offs over his ‘dead body’ – words that will reassure worried members of the Fratton faithful.
Sheridan’s reaction, however, was to revel that he would walk away – a decision which the club have now accepted.
Speaking after Swindon’s 4-1 loss at fellow strugglers Wimbledon, he said: ‘I’ve just told the players I’m going to have a break now.
‘I don’t think it’s doing my health any good – it’s not doing anyone’s health any good watching us with the way we’re getting beat week in, week out.
‘It’s not right for the supporters or the club with the position we’re in.
‘Unfortunately, we’ve made life very difficult for ourselves.
‘There are too many things happening every week, so I’m going to give it a rest. I’m sure a lot of people will be pleased, but that’s football.
‘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.
‘I’ve already spoken to (director of football) Paul Jewell, I’m going to speak to the chairman, and I’m going to give it a miss. I’m going to resign.’
Sheridan, who took over added the Robins in November added: ‘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.’
Since replacing Richie Wellens, Sheridan lost 21 of his 31 games in charge, winning eight.
Swindon are seven points from safety, with games against Pompey, MK Dons, Ipswich and Wigan remaining.
It has been confirmed that assistant manager Tommy Wright will take charge of the team for the remainder of the season, assisted by academy head of coaching Lee Peacock.