Plymouth Argyle supporters' backing for John Sheridan appointment
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE supporters have reacted positively to the appointment of John Sheridan as the club's new manager.
Forty-eight-year-old Sheridan was appointed by Pilgrims owner James Brent on Sunday evening after watching Argyle's 4-0 loss at Port Vale from the stands the previous day.
And the new Pilgrims boss has won the backing of officials from Argyle's supporters' clubs as 'the right man for this kind of league'.
Keith Bulley, chairman of the Plymouth Argyle supporters' club, is pleased to see someone with previous managerial experience in charge at Home Park.
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He said: "I don't know a lot about Sheridan in terms of his managerial CV, for example I know a lot more about the Phil Browns of this world, but at the end of the day he has far more experience than (Carl) Fletcher did.
"Fletcher's tactics... his substitutions... there was just no progress there. His inexperience showed I'm afraid. Discipline on the pitch is definitely an issue, and that is one of the things Sheridan needs to address."
Vice-president's club president John Penney described Sheridan's task as 'major'.
He said: "I've looked at his managerial history, and for me he's the right man.
"He knows the lower leagues and he has shown he can work with a small budget. He was recommended to the club by Neil Warnock, and I've got a lot of time for that man."
He added: "I'm just glad someone with a fresh pair of eyes has come in, someone who hasn't been here before, like (Paul) Sturrock or (Paul) Mariner.
"Coming back would have been the case with Keith Hill or Kevin Blackwell if they were appointed. For Argyle at least, managers or players coming back never seems to work out."
Penney feels that Sheridan needs to bring in both a new centre back and a new striker.
He said: "In this league, you need big, burly characters through the spine of the team. Some players need to go, the likes of Nick Chadwick. The Rhys Griffiths experiment hasn't worked out either."
Like Bulley, Penney also felt Fletcher was too inexperienced, but stressed the former boss had played an important role at Home Park in recent troubled times.
He said: "I was disappointed Carl had to leave the way he did, he did so much for this club through such a rough period in its history."
Northern supporters' branch representative Mark Edwards believes feels Sheridan could be an 'excellent' appointment for Argyle.
Edwards says he would rather see someone with League Two experience in charge than a bigger name who has only managed in the top two divisions.
He said: "At our level, I believe he's an excellent choice.
"He has experience of our situation. The likes of Phil Brown may have Premier League experience, but they have never been in a situation this dire.
"Sheridan's been there and done it in this league."
Edwards also feels he is in the minority who would have welcomed Paul Sturrock back to Home Park, saying: "This is his specialist division after all."
And Edwards believes Fletcher's reign at Home Park was doomed from the start.
He said: "When you have an inexperienced owner like James Brent, who is only learning about the game himself, an inexperienced manager like Fletcher, and inexperienced assistants like (Romain) Larrieu and (Kevin) Nancekivell, it's not going to work.
"Peter Reid would have built a far better team than Fletcher has, and we should never have got rid of him.
"It's not a sentiment thing. Reid simply had that nous, experience and the right contacts that Fletcher didn't have."