Former Republic of Ireland international John Sheridan has been sacked as manager of Chesterfield.

His fate was sealed after watching his team slump to a 3-0 loss at Solihull Moors on New Year's Day, a result that left Chesterfield third from bottom in the Conference Premier, which is one division below League Two. 

Sheridan, 55, took over last January having previously managed the Spireites between 2009 and 2012.

John Pemberton has been named as caretaker manager.

Chesterfield FC company secretary Ashley Carson said: "Whilst I think we all knew the time was right to make this change, it is important that I work very closely with Mike Goodwin, as ultimately we look forward to a change of ownership very soon.

"There will be a joint plan going forward so that any decisions taken regarding the appointment of a new manager will be made in full agreement with the Community Trust."