Plymouth Argyle have appointed former Republic of Ireland international John Sheridan as their new manager. The 46 year old replaces Carl Fletcher who was sacked after defeat at Bristol Rovers on New Year's Day. Sheridan has been out of management since losing his job as Chesterfield boss in August 2012.
Sheridan, who won 34 caps for the Republic of Ireland will be presented by club owner, James Brent, early this week.
Following the announcement Argyle owner James Brent said:
– James Brent, Plymouth Argyle Owner
I am delighted to welcome John to Home Park. Following a distinguished playing career, John has a proven record of leading clubs to success in Leagues 1 and 2. John impressed the interviewing panel with his commitment to excellence and his approach to moving the club up the league table.
He expressed an enthusiasm for attacking football and was confident in his analysis of what we needed to do to succeed. John noted his own experience of playing against Argyle at Home Park and the advantage that the Green Army’s passion gave to the home side.
The Green Army has had a tough few years and deserves better: let’s all get behind John and the team and make Home Park a fortress once more.
The length of Sheridan's contract is still to be confirmed but the former Oldham and Chesterfield boss will need to make an immediate impact if he is to save the club from relegation from the Football League.
Find out more about Sheridan's managerial history.
The Pilgrims are currently second bottom of the table following a 4-0 defeat away at Port Vale over the weekend.
– John Sheridan, Plymouth Argyle Manager
I am very privileged to get this opportunity to manage the club. Everyone I’ve talked to says what a good club it is and what potential there is. I am very confident I can get us out of the position we are in if everyone - the players and fans - work together. I remember the support from the fans when I played down here with Leeds and Oldham, and that was one of the things that attracted me. From my time at Oldham and Chesterfield, I think I know what’s required from the players and what we need to do to succeed.
Plymouth welcome Morecambe to Home Park on January 15th. The Pilgrims are currently one point from safety having played two games more than their relegation rivals.