John Sheridan's passion impressed Plymouth Argyle
OWNER and chairman James Brent has highlighted the 'passion to succeed' of John Sheridan as one of the main reasons why he was appointed as Plymouth Argyle's new manager.
Sheridan, 48 (pictured right), has signed a contract with the relegation-threatened Pilgrims until the end of the season.
However, there is the prospect of a longer-term deal on the table for Sheridan should he lead them to Football League safety.
Brent was also struck by Sheridan's 'lack of tolerance for mediocrity' when the former Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield manager was interviewed by Argyle officials last Friday.
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Sheridan takes charge of the Pilgrims for the first time on Saturday when Morecambe are the visitors to Home Park.
Brent told Herald Sport: "There were several things that made his CV shine out.
"John has got a lot of experience in Leagues One and Two, and has got winning experience. He has collected silverware and has done it on sensible budgets.
"It hasn't been a chairman who has been buying success. He has built teams at a reasonable cost.
"In the interviewing process, he was a very direct speaker. He was thoughtful and had a confidence in what he said, but without being arrogant.
"He has a passion to succeed and doesn't like to fail," continued Argyle's owner and chairman.
"I think he gave all of us confidence that he knew what he needed to do to get the club back up the league table and he would execute that with great efficiency.
"Stylistically, he comes across as a person who will coax players that need support and will be fairly clear in his views on people who need other encouragement.
"I think that balance of support for young people and yet lack of tolerance for mediocrity is exactly what we need."
Sheridan was offered the chance to become Argyle manager on Friday, not much more than 72 hours after his predecessor, Carl Fletcher, had been sacked.
He watched the Pilgrims play at Port Vale the next afternoon, when they were beaten 4-0, and his appointment was confirmed on Sunday night.
Brent was pleased the process had been completed so swiftly and, at the same time, convinced Sheridan was the correct choice.
He said: "There is clearly risk in taking decisions quickly, but when it feels right you stop looking.
"John ticked all the boxes for us. It was unanimous. There was no dissent from the decision.
"From the very short period we have seen him, he has already made quite a difference around the club, so it's good."
Fletcher led Argyle to Football League survival last term, after replacing Peter Reid early in the campaign.
Now Brent is hoping Sheridan can steer the Pilgrims to safety in the remaining 19 games this season.
Brent said: "It's critical we stay up. That's where the focus. We are clearly going to back John in bringing in some new players.
"All of the feedback, not just from John but from all of the other folk we spoke to who had watched Argyle play, was that there is a lot of individual talent in the team.
"It was felt we shouldn't be where we are in the league table if you look at that individual talent.
"Hopefully, the combination of John bringing a new broom to the club and some additional players will see a material change in results."