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Grant gunning to deny Sheridan fond farewell


Danny Grant of Bohemians with his SSE Airtricity SWAI Player of the Month Award for August

Danny Grant of Bohemians with his SSE Airtricity SWAI Player of the Month Award for August

Danny Grant of Bohemians with his SSE Airtricity SWAI Player of the Month Award for August

The long-term goal for Bohemians winger Danny Grant is to get a move to a club in England and see how far he can push on in his career.

The man in the opposition dugout for Grant's side today at Dalymount Park has decided that Ireland is a short-term deal, with John Sheridan ending his controversy-filled spell as manager of Waterford FC after today's game in Phibsboro.

Former Ireland international Sheridan talked up his Dublin roots when he took charge of the Blues, but the lure of another spell in the English club scene is too strong for Sheridan and he will exit his Waterford post after today's game to take over at crisis club Wigan, the Latics hoping to have Sheridan in charge for the start of the League One season on Sunday.

The need to find a third manager after just 11 games is a blow to the Blues, who were in contention for a place in Europe. Sheridan's exit also closes one more chapter in a turbulent season for the Munster club who saw manager Alan Reynolds leave in June, during a lockdown phase which also saw Waterford temporarily lay off their entire staff.

There was intense focus on the club last month when club doctor, Sinead Fitzpatrick said she felt she had to quit her post because: "Resigning when you feel things are very wrong is sometimes the right thing to do though", after Waterford had a game against Sligo Rovers postponed due to a report that a squad member (who then tested negative) had Covid-like symptoms.

And Sheridan also made headlines from a verbal spat with then Dundalk manager Vinny Perth, Sheridan denying Perth's claim that he had called the league a "pub league".

While Waterford try and plot a route with a new manager, Bohs hope to pick themselves up from last week's league defeat to Shamrock Rovers.

A win at home to the Blues today would put Bohs two points behind Rovers, who play tomorrow, and the form of winger Grant was one major factor in their good form post-restart. His contribution was recognised with the August player of the month award from the SSE Airtricity SWAI.

"I'm only playing well because the players around me are doing so well," Grant said.

"We went on a run and unfortunately that ended last week but hopefully we can get back to winning ways against Waterford."

He had added exposure last week with a spell in an Ireland U-21 training camp. Grant is yet to be capped at that level.

"A lot of those players are a step ahead in terms of their careers, playing in the Premiership, the Championship so I can take some knowledge from that in terms of how they got there because obviously that's probably a goal of mine, to go to England over the next couple of years," he added.