SWINDON Town caretaker manager Tommy Wright revealed John Sheridan resigned as manager as the Mancunian felt he was no longer having an effect on the team.

Sheridan’s decision came immediately after a 4-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon – a game in which Swindon were a distant second best for the second time in a week following a 2-1 loss away at Rochdale last Tuesday.

Wright said he went to see his long-time friend on Sunday where the pair chatted for a couple of hours about “all sorts”.

The interim boss said Sheridan had told him he felt he had let so many people down and that he was gutted he was unable to steady the ship.

In Monday’s pre-match press conference, Wright explained the series of events that unfolded on Saturday evening.

He said: “With the performance on Saturday and the way we are, I think John thought he wasn’t having any effect and he felt it was the best time to go.

“Obviously, we’d spoken before when he was thinking about it a couple of weeks ago, and he stayed on. But this time, he said he’d had enough, and that was it really.

“I didn’t tell him to sleep on it – once you think about it a second time, there’s no going back.

“I asked him if he was sure, he said he was, he spoke to his way first, and then he told the players just before you guys (the media).”

Wright revealed he told chairman Lee Power that he would be happy to see the club through until the end of the season and is aiming to bring a bit of pride back to the club.

The Scottish coach said he felt he owed Swindon the courtesy of staying on as the club had supported him through a tough year.

Wright said: “I thought about the situation, I spoke to Lee (Power) and told him I’d help the club out because we haven’t got a big coaching staff – there is only really me left.

“Lee Peacock has come up to help me, so I thought I’d just do what I can to help the club through until the end of the season.

“I was never going to leave because I was going to see my contract out here. I’ve been linked with other clubs throughout the season, but my intention was always to stay here because the club has been good to me and I’ve enjoyed it.

“I want to bring a bit of pride back to the club in the last four games.”