Chris Errington's Plymouth Argyle Press Box View
JOHN SHERIDAN has not wasted much time in making his mark at the relegation-threatened League Two club.
In the five weeks since his appointment, Sheridan has overseen a major shake-up of the squad.
Three players have moved on – Rhys Griffiths, Joe Lennox and Robbie Williams – and seven new recruits have arrived.
Crucially, the results on the pitch – if not the performances – have also shown a considerable improvement.
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Sheridan took over as Pilgrims boss after they lost 4-0 at title-chasing Port Vale on January 5.
That was their third successive defeat and saw them slide into the relegation zone.
In Sheridan's first four matches as manager they have picked up eight points out of a possible 12, with a record of two wins and two draws.
Three of those games were played at Home Park and none of the opposing sides have been promotion contenders.
But such was Argyle's abysmal form before then the turnaround in their results is encouraging, although it is still early days.
They have at least given themselves the chance of escaping relegation from the Football League.
Sheridan thought it was important to re-energise the Argyle squad with several new signings after his appointment and that seems to have worked.
There had clearly been a lack of confidence within the Pilgrims ranks prior to that. Sheridan has solved that, to a large degree, by bringing in so many players since he arrived at Home Park.
They do not carry the scars of a desperately disappointing set of results before Sheridan succeeded Carl Fletcher as manager.
What Sheridan has done, and in a short space of time, is instil some fight into his new-look Argyle side.
Five of the new recruits are on loan and the other two are on short-term contracts until the end of the season.
None of them are committed to the club long-term but collectively they seem up for the task of trying to maintain the club's Football League status.
That is important because Argyle are going to have to grind out more wins like the one against Aldershot Town.
It was far from pretty, and the Pilgrims had to defend resolutely at times, but their endeavour was rewarded with the 2-1 triumph.
No-one should get too carried away by Argyle's recent improved results. They are still in a perilous position in League Two.
There is a lot of hard work ahead of them, and there are sure to be ups and downs between now and the end of the season.
But the Green Army will take heart from the fact Argyle seem more secure defensively, with only two goals conceded in four games.
Sheridan has also injected some much-needed pace and power into Argyle's attack.
That should allow them to hit teams on the break in away games, and try to stretch opposing sides when they are playing at Home Park.