Fleetwood Town have named former Oldham Athletic boss John Sheridan as head coach on a deal until the end of the season, confirmed by BBC Sport.

The 53-year-old, who has a wealth of experience having managed more than 500 games and a 40% win ratio with the likes of Oldham and Chesterfield, arrives at Highbury Stadium until the end of the season.

Sheridan has managed 554 games in stints with Oldham, Chesterfield, Plymouth, Newport and Notts County, including three permanent spells in charge of the Latics, where he finished his playing career.

His most recent spell at Oldham finished in September 2017 when he left by mutual consent with the club bottom of the table.

He has experience of relegation battles, winning promotion with Chesterfield but then failing to maintain their place in League One, keeping Plymouth in the English Football League in 2012-13 and also saving Oldham from the drop in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Sheridan was introduced to staff and players at Poolfoot Farm this afternoon and will take charge of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One game against MK Dons.

Chairman Andy Pilley said this about the appointment of Sheridan “John is exactly the sort of character we need at Fleetwood Town in the current situation.”

“He has a proven track record of having an instant impact with clubs and we are confident that will be the case here.”

“We have found ourselves in a difficult position in League One and it was important we appointed someone quickly to address this.”

“John is here until the end of the season, at which point we’ll review the situation again, it’s an agreement which suits both parties at this time.”

“I’d like to welcome him to Highbury and can assure him he’ll have the full backing of all the players, staff and supporters to keep ourselves in League One.”

The Cod Army are currently 20th in the table, only out of the bottom three on goal difference following a 2-1 loss to Portsmouth on Tuesday.

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