Could this be a pivotal week for Lichties’ boss Paul?

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin has a busy weekend ahead of him, what with recovering from a major knee operation, being linked to a major SPL job and facing off against a team hungry for points.

On Thursday, Mr Sheerin went under the knife to repair damage he suffered to his knee during the Lichties’ 3-2 win over Brechin City at Glebe Park two weeks ago.

He could be out for up to six weeks as his knee recuperates, leaving him on the sidelines until he is fit enough to rejoin his team-mates on the pitch.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Arbroath face bottom of the league Albion Rovers, who are firmly anchored in the relegation zone with just five points.

Having beaten Albion 6-2 at their last meeting, perhaps the Lichties could expect an easy time of it? Not according to Mr Sheerin.

He said: “We played them first at the beginning of the season, that was the game where they had two goalkeepers sent off, so I don’t think that was a true reflection of them.”

On Tuesday Albion Rovers lost 2-1 to Dumbarton away, and Mr Sheerin does not believe their run of recent bad luck will continue for ever.

He said: “I think they were really unlucky last night against Dumbarton. They deserved to win.

“They go out and give their manager everything they’ve got. They’ll be looking to keep the points tight and stay close to the pack in the rest of the table.

“We’re going to need to match up to them bottle-wise. We know how they play and how they like to mix it up on the pitch.”

Even with his absence for another week, Mr Sheerin is confident that Arbroath will continue to function without him.

He said: “I think we’ll be ok. I’ve said it before and I’ll reiterate it, but we have a squad of players who are all capable of playing on their own. My not being there is really not an issue.”

He added: “I’m the only one out injured just now, and touch wood I will stay the only one.”

At the time of going to press Mr Sheerin was still in surgery, consequently HeraldSport is unable to comment on the outcome.

With Derek McInnes departing St Johnstone to take over at Bristol City, the Lichties’ boss has been talked of as a potential successor to the ex-Rangers and West Brom player.

Mr Sheerin has been installed as 9-2 joint favourite along with current Saints’ midfielder, and former Chelsea man Jody Morris, by McBookie.com to become the next McDiarmid Park boss.

Also being strongly linked with the position is another ex-St Johnstone player, Allan Moore. He did well with Stirling Albion with them being promoted twice while he was boss at Forthbank.

He is currently in charge at Greenock Morton and the Cappielow men are riding high in the First Division, occupying fourth position two points off the top.

However a host of names have been linked with the vacant hotseat, including Rangers’ captain Davie Weir and current Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn.

When asked about taking the St Johnstone job Mr Sheerin reminded HeraldSport that he was still under contract and that any advances would have to go through the proper club channels, if and when this might happen.

He said: “I’m quite confident that there are people out there who are putting two and two together and making five.

“I would be honoured to even be mentioned in connection with the job, and I think it’s a testament to the good work of this club that I would even be mentioned.”