Chris Errington: United effort's vital to ensure Plymouth Argyle's League status
JOHN SHERIDAN has not wasted much time in reshaping the squad at Argyle after his appointment as manager on January 6.
Now, with less than three months until the end of the season, the Pilgrims' players must rise to the challenge of retaining the club's Football League status.
There have been six new recruits – four of them on loan and two arriving as free agents.
Sheridan has also parted company with three players – winger Joe Lennox, left-back Robbie Williams and striker Rhys Griffiths.
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He has put his stamp on the squad, and I expect there to be further changes in the near future.
Remember, Football League clubs can start making 'emergency loan' signings from next Thursday.
All the talk is that Sheridan wants to add another central midfielder to his playing personnel.
Regardless of that, the pressure is really starting to increase as the end of the season starts to come into view.
Argyle's 0-0 draw with Dagenham and Redbridge at Home Park on Saturday was their 30th game in League Two this season.
That leaves only 16 remaining – nine of them away – and with probably at least six wins needed to ensure survival.
One of Sheridan's main tasks will be to integrate the new players into the squad as speedily as possible.
It is not like in pre-season when a manager makes a series of signings and can then bed them into the team during friendlies.
Every game for Argyle now is crucial. Points cannot afford to be squandered.
The performance against Dagenham was an improvement on the one when the Pilgrims drew 0-0 with Accrington Stanley at Home Park the previous Saturday.
That said, it could hardly have been any worse, so wretchedly poor were Argyle that afternoon.
Results are all that matter now but unless the Pilgrims start to play better, and convert some of their chances, then serious trouble looms for them.
Total commitment to the cause from all of the players will be required.
Argyle have never competed in the top flight of English football but they have a proud 93-year history in the Football League. That is at stake in the next three months.
It hurts everyone who has the club at heart to see them in such a state at the moment.
But all the many trials and tribulations over recent seasons must be put in the past. Everyone – and I mean, everyone – has to focus on the immediate future.
It is only by doing that, and showing a sense of unity and utter determination, that the threat of relegation to the Football Conference can be removed.
Are you up for the fight?