Profile: new Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan
John Sheridan has been appointed as the new manager of Plymouth Argyle.
Sheridan, who has been out of work since losing his job as Chesterfield manager in August 2012, takes over with Argyle in 23rd position in the table.
The 48-year-old, whose appointment was confirmed shortly before 6pm on Sunday, has vowed to lead the club to Football League safety.
Sheridan brings with him a wealth of experience, having coached and managed Oldham Athletic for eight years and led Chesterfield for three.
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The Manchester-born boss enjoyed a 22-year playing career before moving into management.
He started out at Manchester City, but never made a first team appearance. He moved to Leeds United in 1982, where he played more than 250 times over the next seven years.
Sheridan played for the Republic of Ireland through parental qualification, at Youth, Under-21 and Under-23 levels, before winning his first full cap in March 1988. Later that year he was a member of Jack Charlton’s Irish squad.
Sheridan penned a £650,000 deal with Nottingham Forest in 1989. His time at the club was short-lived, however - after only one League Cup game he was sold to Sheffield Wednesday for £500,000.
According to the Plymouth Argyle website: “After his debut for Nottingham Forest, manager Brian Clough told him: ‘Young man, you’ve had a busy week – I’m going to give you a rest.’ Clough never picked, or spoke to, him again.”
Sheridan remained at Sheffield Wednesday until 1996, during which time he went out on loan to Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers.
“Forest’s loss was Wednesday’s gain”, according to the Plymouth Argyle club website. There, “he reached the peak of his career over the next seven years, scoring 33 goals in 247 appearances.
“As well as lambasting the winner in the 1991 Rumbelows Cup final, he helped Wednesday finish third in the top flight in 1992 and reach both domestic cup finals the following season – they were beaten by Arsenal in each.”
Sheridan also won the bulk of his 34 international caps for the Republic of Ireland during this period.
In 1996 Sheridan penned a deal with Doncaster Rovers. But after an eight-game spell he signed for his final club, Oldham Athletic. There he made more than 160 appearances over six seasons, and scored a free-kick against Bristol Rovers which officially measured at 44.9 yards.
Oldham was also the club at which Sheridan began his managerial career. He was appointed co-caretaker in 2001 and in 2006, two years after retiring from his playing career, became manager.
Later that year, after leading his men to victory in six consecutive matches, Sheridan was named as League One's manager of the month for November.
Sheridan would go on to win this award twice more in the years that followed - with Chesterfield in Coca-Cola League 2 in October 2009 and in February 2010.
In his first season as Oldham manager, the Latics won 12 out of 16 matches from November onwards. The following year they were beaten just once in 14 matches.
Sheridan remained at the club until March 2009, when he left following talks with managing director Simon Corney.
According to the Plymouth Argyle website: “His win-loss record (40 per cent - 31 per cent) was very decent and he was unlucky to lose his job to the short-lived return of Joe Royle.”
In June that year Sheridan was appointed as the new manager at Chesterfield. He penned a three-year deal with the club, bringing with him assistant Tommy Wright and former goalkeeper Mark Crossley as the club's new coach.
Chesterfield were promoted to League One in April 2011, and the following month became the champions of League Two. Sheridan was crowned npower Football League Two Manager of the Year.
But the following season Chesterfield found themselves relegated back to League Two.
In August 2012, after the Spireites had failed to win any of their four competitive fixtures of the campaign, Sheridan was relieved of his duties.
Chief executive Chris Turner told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I can't speak highly enough of John because I think he has been fantastic for this club."
After landing the Plymouth Argyle role, Sheridan said: "I am very privileged to get this opportunity to manage the club.
"Everyone I have talked to says what a good club it is and what potential there is."
Argyle owner and chairman James Brent added: "John has a proven record of leading clubs to success in Leagues One and Two.
"John impressed the interviewing panel with his commitment to excellence and his approach to moving the club up the league table."