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The last of Jack Charlton's students still standing

International glory, caps and lots of big-day experience far from a reliable pathway into management

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New Waterford boss John Sheridan at the Carlisle Grounds last week for their friendly against Bray Wanderers. Photo by Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

New Waterford boss John Sheridan at the Carlisle Grounds last week for their friendly against Bray Wanderers. Photo by Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

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New Waterford boss John Sheridan at the Carlisle Grounds last week for their friendly against Bray Wanderers. Photo by Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

They were the students who had the chance to learn from the most successful manager Ireland has ever had. But lessons which a manager passed on in 1990 hold little importance in 2020 - at least when it comes to being a success as a manager.

Waterford FC's decision earlier this month to hire former Ireland midfielder John Sheridan as their new manager caused a bit of a stir, hopefully injecting some life into the Blues squad who had been without a boss for the previous frustrating four weeks.

Sheridan's name stands out due to his background as a player with the national team (1988-1995) and his experience as a manager in England with seven clubs, albeit in the lower leagues, but Sheridan stands out in another way: the sole member of Jack Charlton's army currently employed as a manager.