PLYMOUTH Argyle manager John Sheridan has been praised for what he achieved at former club Chesterfield by his successor, Paul Cook.
Sheridan and Cook will pit their wits against each other when their two sides meet at the Proact Stadium today (3pm).
It will be the second time Sheridan has returned to Chesterfield with Argyle since he was sacked by the Spireites in August 2012.
The previous occasion was in April, when the Pilgrims triumphed 2-1 and Sheridan will hope for further success this afternoon.
Sheridan led Chesterfield to the League Two title and lifted the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy during his three-year stint as Spireites’ boss.
Cook believes Sheridan deserves a lot of credit for what he achieved at the Derbyshire club.
Argyle defender Neal Trotman is also returning to former club Chesterfield for the first time since he was released by Cook at the end of last season.
Trotman made 50 appearances for the Spireites and had a brief spell as captain under Sheridan.
Cook called on the Chesterfield supporters to show their appreciation for Sheridan and Trotman before the game.
He said: “I think sometimes, especially with fans, a lot gets said when people leave.
“I think history will tell people John was a very successful manager for this club. I think he and Neal Trotman should both be given very good ovations.
“Then we can concentrate on trying to beat them, because that’s what football is about.
“It’s saying ‘hello’ and ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ and then the important thing is that we get three points.”
Cook has led Chesterfield to second position in League Two, only one point behind leaders Oxford United, while Argyle are 16th.
“Plymouth are a good side,” said Cook. “I think John will certainly have aspirations of pushing them higher up the league.
“Where that is, is John’s concern and Plymouth’s concern. We are just going to concentrate on ourselves. We need to get a good win.”
Meanwhile, Argyle’s FA Cup third round tie away to Port Vale on Sunday, January 5 (3pm) holds no fears for Sheridan.
That is despite the Valiants sitting in ninth spot in League One, and boasting a record of seven wins from their last nine matches in all competitions.
Micky Adams led the Potteries’ club to promotion last season and they have more than coped with the step up to the higher division.
Sheridan said: “It will be a tough game. I know Micky well and he has done a good job there.
“Obviously, we would have liked to have got one of the big boys (Premier League clubs) for financial reasons.
“But if we can play to our best we have got a good chance of getting through. I think Micky will realise that.
“He probably wanted a home draw, and they have got a League Two team at home, so they will be confident.
“We will go there and give it our best shot. We have got a chance if we play our best.”
Argyle’s progress to the third round of the FA Cup has forced the postponement of their League Two away game against Fleetwood Town.
That fixture was scheduled for Saturday, January 4 but has now been rearranged for Tuesday, February 25 (7.45pm).
That is three days after the Pilgrims play at Dagenham and Redbridge and will be followed by a game against Morecambe at Home Park on March 1.