John Sheridan: New manager set for Newport County 'challenge'

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John Sheridan says he faces his biggest challenge as a manager after succeeding Terry Butcher as Newport County boss.

Sheridan, who celebrated his 51st birthday on Thursday, will take charge of County for the first time against Exeter on Saturday.

The ex-Republic of Ireland player says he had no hesitation in accepting the call from League Two's bottom club.

"I had a very similar position at Plymouth and I am confident I can do it again," he said.

Sheridan, who left Plymouth in May 2015 and has also managed at Oldham and Chesterfield, has taken over a team who have won just one game this season.

John Sheridan in action for the Republic of Ireland
Sheridan played in two World Cups for the Republic of Ireland

But the former Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and Bolton player said he had previously enjoyed success in the division.

"I know what kind of player will do well and hopefully do well for the team," Sheridan added.

"We have some decent players here and it's about giving them a lift.

"It's important I try and forget what's gone on, they have been losing games so the confidence will be low.

"But hopefully we can lift them and get them back to playing and showing what they can do."

Former County players Mike Flynn and Byron Anthony will assist Sheridan for Saturday's home match against Exeter City.

County have approached Linfield regarding the possibility of appointing their manager Warren Feeney as Sheridan's assistant.

"I know Warren very well. He is doing his pro-licence, he is very knowledgeable about the game, very enthusiastic and someone I really like," Sheridan added.

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"But the two lads will help me to give me a bit of insight regarding tomorrow's game. Hopefully my staff will be sorted out more next week."

Asked if the new County board would be able to finance team strengthening, Sheridan, who took his coaching badges with the Football Association of Wales Trust, said: "I am not one who ever really goes on about budgets, whether I have a big budget or low budget.

"I try not to make excuses, I have never done it and I won't start now.

"I am sure if I feel the need to add one or two players to make us a bit stronger, the owners will help all they can."

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