Cook: Sheridan deserves toast

Mario Gomez’s agent says the striker is ‘not happy’ about his

current situation, but remains ‘loyal’ to Bayern Munich.

The Germany international has been unable to reclaim his status

as Bayern’s first-choice striker after missing the opening three

months of the season due to an ankle injury.

Summer signing Mario Mandzukic has impressed for the

newly-crowned Bundesliga champions and that has prompted

speculation that Gomez could leave.

The 27-year-old’s representative Uli Ferber confirmed there is

interest in Gomez, but stressed the former Stuttgart forward’s

priority is to force his way back into the Bayern side.

“Of course, Mario is not happy about his current situation,”

Ferber told BILD. “And it’s obvious this cannot be any steady state

for him.

“Mario is loyal to Bayern Munich, the club and the team’s squad.

He is always willing to help the club. He would deserve to see the

manager put him on.”

Ferber added: “There were always expressions of interest in the

services of Mario.

“They were during his years at Stuttgart, right before his move

to Bayern Munich, and right ahead of his most recent contract

renewal. But also right now at this point in time.”

Gomez is under contract at the Allianz Arena until 2016 after

signing his most recent extension last year.

Cresswell, on loan at York since the middle of last month,

sustained an Achilles injury during the Minstermen’s weekend win at

Northampton and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

York boss Nigel Worthington had hoped to keep the 35-year-old,

who started his career at Bootham Crescent, until at least after

their home against Southend on Saturday.

Morgan said: “Cressy is someone I always planned to recall

because we need as many bodies as possible.

“I spoke to Nigel last Thursday and it was agreed Cressy would

return after the game at Northampton.

“Unfortunately he picked up a whack on his Achilles and was

forced to be substituted.

“He has limped around the training ground (on Monday), but still

managed to contribute to the session.

“We aren’t sure on the full extent of the damage, but the

picture should be clearly after his diagnosis on Wednesday.

“When I recalled him I was keen to have his input and experience

on the coaching side, but obviously before the injury I also

considered him as a good option to have within the squad.”

The Daggers went down 1-0 against Oxford at Victoria Road on

Saturday, leaving them still without a win on home soil in five

attempts since Burnett took the reins on an interim basis towards

the end of February.

Just two wins in his 10 games at the helm have also left

17th-placed Dagenham still needing a couple more points to make

sure of their League Two status.

And having scored a mediocre 10 goals in that 10-match spell –

finding the net twice in the same game on just three occasions –

Burnett is keen to see his team sharpen their attacking teeth.

Asked why they are struggling at home, Burnett told Daggers

Player: “I’ve no idea. We’ve got a game plan, we’re trying to get

the ball down and move it quickly. I’m as frustrated as anyone.

“It’s really difficult to put your finger on it but sometimes

teams come here and sit with men behind the ball, we have to be a

little bit cleverer to break them down and create chances.

“We need goalscorers, let’s not hide the fact. At the moment we

haven’t got people who are putting the ball in the back of the net,

but the argument would be are we creating enough chances for them?

Probably not. So that’s the difficult part.”

Sheridan parted company with the Spireites at the end of August

following a disappointing start to the season after relegation from

League One.

However, he delivered silverware during his three years at the

Proavct Stadium as Chesterfield won the League Two title in 2011

and lifted the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last year.

“I hope it goes well for John in terms of the reception he gets

– certainly not the result,” said Cook, who became Sheridan’s

permanent successor in October following Tommy Wright’s spell as

interim boss.

“John is a seasoned professional, he’s had his times at this

club and he’s produced some fantastic nights for this football

club, so I’d like to see him get a great reception.

“I think John’s history and his managerial record at this club

will show what he’s done, which was obtain a championship winning

team and a cup final win at Wembley – and I hope that doesn’t go

amiss on our supporters. I’m sure it won’t.”

Sheridan returned to management with the Pilgrims in January

with the Devon club in the relegation zone. Going into Tuesday

night’s game, Argyle are 19th in the table and three points above

the bottom two.