New Carlisle United manager John Sheridan has said that he aims to mould his side into being ‘attractive on the eye’. The 53-year-old was recently named at Keith Curle’s replacement at Brunton Park, where he signed an unknown length of contract.

The former Republic of Ireland international midfielder ended last season in charge of Fleetwood Town. He has also managed Oldham Athletic on several occasions, as well as Notts County, Plymouth Argyle and Chesterfield. He now takes on the challenge at Carlisle, and Sheridan is aiming to make them a competitive force in Sky Bet League Two next season.

Sheridan says he is familiar with most of the squad in place already, but concedes that they ‘need a few players in’ as well. The ex-Sheffield Wednesday player believes that the Cumbrians are big enough to play at a higher level, but wants to build a side capable of playing their too,

“We’ll need to have a fighting spirit about us but, at the same time, I want us to be attractive on the eye as well.

“I do demand a lot but, at the same time, I want my players to enjoy coming in every day of the week. I’m looking forward to training and playing and, there’s no doubt about it, if you have a happy player I think you’ve got a better player.”

Despite only having a few days in the job, Sheridan has already set some high aspirations for what the club can potentially achieve,

“We should be getting out of the league and we should be pushing the play-offs, or trying to win the division.”

He went on to say that he wants to make Brunton Park a ‘tough place to go’ for any opposition team, and that quite simply, it is all about ‘winning games’.

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