John Sheridan focused on Plymouth Argyle as he prepares for return to his former club Chesterfield
PLYMOUTH Argyle manager John Sheridan has insisted he does not have a point to prove when he takes his team to former club Chesterfield tomorrow (3pm).
Sheridan took the Spireites to the League two title in 2010/11, and they lifted the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last term.
However, Chesterfield were also relegated from League One in 2011/12 and Sheridan was replaced as manager in August after only four competitive matches this season.
The 48-year-old was out of work until the start of January, when he was appointed by Argyle after they sacked Carl Fletcher.
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The Pilgrims are still facing a fight for Football League survival but Sheridan has led them to a more than respectable record of five wins, four draws and three defeats.
They are currently in 20th position, two points clear of the relegation zone after a 2-0 win at Southend United on Tuesday, while Chesterfield are in mid-table and without much prospect of making the play-offs.
Sheridan is sure to capture a lot of the attention at the Proact Stadium – Chesterfield's home ground since the summer of 2010 – tomorrow.
When asked about returning to his former club, Sheridan replied: "It doesn't really make any difference to me.
"We are going to try to win the game if we can. It's important we take that approach into it with the position we are in and what's at stake.
"I don't have to prove anything there. I think I did an alright job there.
"Everyone can have their own opinion, whatever they feel. I'm focused on Plymouth Argyle and trying to get three points."
He added: "The only thing on my mind is the next seven games and staying in this division. I'm not even thinking about anything else.
"I really appreciate being given the opportunity to manage Plymouth Argyle. They have had faith in me to keep them in this division.
"I feel as though we are going the right way and, hopefully, we will keep doing what we are doing.
"I think it will go down to the wire because all the teams at the bottom are playing well. They are fighting to stay in the League because they know how important it is."
Chesterfield are in 12th position, eight points adrift of a play-off spot, after losing 2-1 at Torquay United on Tuesday.
Sheridan was their manager for the first three League Two games this season, but was relieved of his duties after the Spireites did not win any of them.
He said: "They have got a good team and good players for this division. I expected them to do a lot better.
"They are strong and organised. They haven't been scoring many goals but, at the same time, they don't concede many.
"It will be a tough game but we are playing okay at the moment. We are on our best run since I have been here.
"Hopefully, we can take the performances of late into the game tomorrow and if we do that we will have a chance of getting something out of it."
Chesterfield appointed coaches Tommy Wright and Mark Crossley as their caretaker management duo after the departure of Sheridan.
They continued in that role until the end of October, when Paul Cook was lured away from Accrington Stanley to become the Spireites' boss.
Wright and Crossley, who were also on Sheridan's backroom staff at Oldham Athletic from 2006 to 2009, have remained at Chesterfield under Cook.
Sheridan (pictured right) said: "I'm looking forward to going back (to Chesterfield). There are a lot of nice people there.
"Mark and Tommy have worked with me since I have been a manager. Obviously, I know a lot about them.
"I know Paul Cook. I get on well with him. I played against him and have met him once or twice, socially. He's a good lad."