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
“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
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
“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.