On September 7 2016, Schofield returned to Doncaster Rovers as a Senior Professional Develeopment COach after being Assistant Manager at York City. Previous to this he had a similar role at Scunthorpe United.
Schofield entered coaching after a successful playing career, most notably with Lincoln City where he made over 200 appearances for the club and served as captain. He won supporters`Player of the Season' in 1994/95.
He also made over 100 appearances for Doncaster Rovers before further spells followed at Mansfield Town and Hull City.
After his playing days, Schofield returned to Lincoln City in June 2000 as Head of Youth Development.
Notable players he helped develop included Lee Frecklington, Jack Hobbs who went onto Liverpool and Scott Loach who moved onto Watford.
Prior to the start of the 2005/06, Schofield's good work was rewarded with an increasing role with the first team and he was appointed First Team Coach. In the summer of 2006, Schofield was then appointed manager, with John Deehan appointed as Director of Football after the departure of Keith Alexander.
The 2006/07 season started very promisingly as the Imps topped the table in October 2006 were amongst the leading scorers in the league. He would go onto guide his side to the play-offs.
After managing Lincoln, John had a short spell as coach at Scunthorpe United before he joined Walsall as first-team coach in June 2008. After the departure of Jimmy Mullen in January 2009. Schofield was then appointed manager on a caretaker basis.
Schofield was later appointed the assistant manager at Cheltenham Town and again also served as manager on a caretaker basis during his time with the club.
He then joined Cambridge United as first team coach in July 2010 and remained with the club until February 2011.
More recently, Schofield was the First Team Coach of Notts County in League One prior to his appointment at Priestfield and then Scunthorpe.