John Sheridan: Plymouth Argyle boss vows to keep club up

New Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan says his only priority is to keep the club in the Football League.

The 48-year-old was appointed on Sunday after the Pilgrims sacked Carl Fletcher on New Year's Day with the club second from bottom of League Two.

"My priority to keep them in this league," Sheridan said in a news conference at Home Park.

"The club's too big to go down. It'd be a travesty if it did and I'll be pushing hard to do avoid that."

The former Oldham and Chesterfield boss has signed a deal until the end of the season.

He faces a tough task, with Argyle two points off the bottom of the Football League having won just once in their last 16 matches.

John Sheridan

John Sheridan
  • Won 34 caps for Republic of Ireland
  • Played over 600 games mainly for Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Oldham
  • Managed Oldham from 2006-09, having twice been caretaker manager
  • Was Chesterfield manager from 2009-12
  • Led Chesterfield to promotion to League One in 2011.
  • Won Johnstone Paints Trophy with the Spireites in 2012 despite their relegation from League One
  • Left Chesterfield in September 2012

"I've seen the potential at the club," he said. "I know what can be achieved if you can get the right results and get the crowd coming in, it can be a very good club.

"There have been one or two other jobs while I've been out of work that I didn't go for.

"But as soon as Plymouth came up, a lot of people told me how good it is.

"I'm really excited, it's a change and something I want to have a really good go at."

Sheridan says that he will bolster the club's squad, and hopes to bring in up to four loan signings.

"I think I know what type of player we need to stay in this division. I'm working very hard to get new faces," he said.

"I think bringing a few players in will give everyone a lift and really push us on in these remaining games.

"I hope to get three players before Saturday. I'm pretty confident about that."

In introducing Sheridan to the media, Argyle's owner James Brent said sorry to fans for the club's form: "I'd like to apologise to our fans for the troubled first half of the season.

"We had genuine expectations that we'd be sited in a different part of the table.

"John's huge amount of vigour and drive and has already made a difference at the club."

Sheridan's first game in charge is at home to Morecambe on Saturday.