Sheridan, who was among the most cultured players of his generation, has also had a successful career in management.
The former Republic of Ireland midfielder served a promising apprenticeship at Oldham Athletic before leaving the club by mutual consent in March, 2009.
Sheridan made a start in coaching at Boundary Park while still playing for the Lancashire club in the twilight of his career. He took charge in June, 2006 and won the League One manager of the month award six months later as Oldham launched an unexpected promotion challenge.
They finished sixth at the end of John's first season before being beaten in the play-offs by eventual promotion-winners Blackpool.
Another competitive campaign followed with Oldham winding up in eighth place. And they were again in pursuit of a play-off spot when Sheridan's reign came to an end after an away defeat to MK Dons.
Following his appointment at Saltergate, Sheridan guided Chesterfield to an 8th place finish in League Two, narrowly missing out on a play-off place in 2009/10.
The following season was then one to savour for both Chesterfield and Sheridan as the club gained promotion to npower League One. Sheridan's men also did it in style by topping the table for the majority of the 2010/11 campaign. The league title was confirmed on the final day of the season with a 3-1 home victory over Gillingham. More personal success was then to follow for Sheridan as he was awarded the npower League Two manager of the year.
More success was to follow in 2011/12 as Sheridan guided Chesterfield to Wembley glory for the first time as they beat Swindon to lift the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
He later made an instant impact at Plymouth leading them to safety in League Two to preserve their Football League status for 2013/14. In that season he went onto guide the Club to a 10th place finish in Sky Bet League Two.
Manchester-born Sheridan's playing career peaked at Sheffield Wednesday after seven years with Leeds where he racked up 267 appearances and 52 goals. Following a brief spell with Nottingham Forest, he mustered similar statistics at Hillsborough, albeit with a more successful team.
Besides winning promotion and becoming an established player in the top flight, Sheridan secured Wednesday's first trophy for 56 years. His powerful and precise 20 yard shot was the only goal of the 1991 League Cup final with Manchester United.
He won 34 caps for the Republic of Ireland and played in the World Cups of 1990 and 1994. Sheridan's career also featured spells at Bolton and then non-league Doncaster before he joined Oldham under ex-Leeds team-mate Andy Ritchie.