Sheridan effect is positive

Wednesday 13th February 2013 16:00

John Sheridan: Unbeaten in first four games

John Sheridan: Unbeaten in first four games

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FanZone's Plymouth Argyle blogger Adam Sibley is encouraged by the start new manager John Sheridan has made at Home Park.

When the Argyle board finally woke up and smelt the coffee to see that Carl Fletcher was not up to the job of football management, most Pilgrims fans were dreaming of a big-name manager to come down and save the club. Sean O'Driscoll, who at the time was out of contract, was one of the contenders mentioned.

Instead, the board went for John Sheridan - a man well known to the Argyle faithful, but not a name that created a buzz around the club.

I think the board's decision to get rid of Fletcher came six months too late but as the saying goes, it's better late than never. With him in charge, I thought the only place Argyle were heading was relegation.

After two partial seasons of management in League Two, where he was unable to make his mark, I think he will struggle to find employment as a coach elsewhere. In my opinion, the final nail in Fletcher's coffin came in his post-match interview after he was fired, saying that he thought he could still play and do well at that level. If he truly believed that, why wasn't he on the pitch helping us as a player as well as a coach?

I thought Sheridan, however, would be a good man to have at the helm as he was experienced in League Two football and knew what it took to win games at this level. He had got Chesterfield promoted from League Two and won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with them the season after.

If Sheridan was able to get some players in on loan that he knew could deliver at this level, I thought we had a better chance of staying up than if we stayed with Fletcher.

Fast forward quite a few weeks, and Sheridan is now four games into his time with the club and is undefeated - winning two and drawing two. Argyle are out of the relegation zone and have a host of new players on a range of agreements with the club including Reuben Reid, Jason Banton, Ronan Murray, Guy Branston and Anthony Charles.

Our game away to Port Vale earlier this year was a low point for the club as our most recognised name and club captain, Darren Purse, left us and was paraded at that game as Vale's new signing.

Many thought we were barely hanging on with him and that we were going to be a mess without him but through Sheridan, it's been proven that we can survive without him and that we don't need a big name at the club.

Argyle just need a group of players who are willing to work hard for the cause, and a manager that knows how to set a team out to get points - which is what I think we have now.

By Adam Sibley, FanZone's Plymouth Argyle blogger. Follow him on Twitter at @adam_sibley - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too!

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