The Carlisle United board have accepted the resignation of manager John Sheridan, who leaves the Cumbrians with immediate effect.
Sheridan joined Carlisle last June succeeding Keith Curle as boss, but has moved end his time in the north-west in order to apply for the vacant position at National League strugglers Chesterfield.
A Carlisle statement confirmed: “The board of Carlisle United is very disappointed to announce that it has reluctantly agreed to accept the resignation of John Sheridan, who will be leaving the club with immediate effect.
“Assistant first team manager Tommy Wright and first team coach Paul Murray will take charge of tomorrow’s match against Mansfield, with the support and assistance of director of football David Holdsworth.”
A run of five-straight victories has seen Carlisle surge into the League Two play-off places, a mere three points off the automatic promotion spots.
But after the 6-0 demolition of Oldham Athletic on Boxing Day, Sheridan was far from jubilant at picking up an easy three points.
Critical of one or more of his players’ attitudes, Sheridan told the club’s Youtube channel post-match: “I’m not going to start judging myself in the way I’m managing and people looking at me as if I don’t know how to manage, I’ll carry on with what I’m doing,” he said.
“If people don’t like it it I’ll leave.
“The players get a lot of freedom from me, a lot of perks on the other side, they need to respect where I’m coming from, and if they don’t – and I’m getting sick and tired of it, then they can go, or I’ll go.”
Sheridan now appears to be announced as the new manager at old club Chesterfield in the next few days.
The Spireites parted company with Martin Allen after Boxing Day with the club in the National League relegation zone.
Carlisle have confirmed they have already started their search for Sheridan’s replacement.