John Sheridan: Plymouth Argyle boss vows to keep club up

By Brent PilnickBBC South West Sport
Sheridan: Argyle should be in Championship

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

The 48-year-old was after the Pilgrims 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.

"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.