John Sheridan: My job will be on the line at Plymouth Argyle
JOHN SHERIDAN has admitted he is in a ‘vulnerable’ position as manager of Plymouth Argyle.
The 49-year-old is coming under heavy criticism from the Green Army after the Pilgrims’ poor start to the season.
They are in 19th position in League Two and have gone six games without a win – seven in all competitions.
More pressure was heaped on Sheridan after Argyle lost 1-0 to 10-man Hartlepool United at Victoria Park on Saturday.
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Sheridan said: “I’m not stupid. This is a results business and I know I have got to start winning football matches.
“If I don’t, my job will be on the line and everyone will be questioning me. That’s just part and parcel of being a manager.
“But we haven’t played badly today (against Hartlepool). I don’t think we played badly at all.
“I think we have totally dominated the game but we have lost 1-0. If I’m not winning football matches I expect pressure.
“I expect people to look at me. That’s just the nature of football, but I won’t hide.
“I will just carry on and work as hard as I can to try to turn the results around for us,” added the Pilgrims’ boss.
“I have got to stay positive and believe we can get out of the position we are in.”
Argyle have picked up only two points out of a possible 18 since beating Bristol Rovers 1-0 at Home Park on September 7.
It leaves them with a record of three wins, two draws and seven defeats in League Two this season.
Sheridan said: “I think we are playing well enough to win football matches but we aren’t getting the results and we aren’t getting the luck.
“We didn’t get anything today with all the opportunities we had. That’s just the way things are going.
“We have created lots of chances in the last four or five games but it’s about putting the ball in the back of the net. That’s how you are going to win.”
Sheridan took over as Argyle manager in January after the dismissal of Carl Fletcher.
He led the Pilgrims to Football League survival and was rewarded with a three-year contract at the end of the season.
Sheridan has made sweeping changes to his squad since then but Argyle are now struggling again.
“Results aren’t going our way and we are losing games so I expect people to look at me and think I should be doing a lot better,” said Sheridan.
“They are dead right. We should be doing a lot better.
“I think we are not far off, but the results and the position we are in doesn’t look good.
“I have just got to work hard and, hopefully, things will come around.”
Argyle return to action on Tuesday night when 10th-placed Newport County, last season’s Football Conference champions are the visitors to Home Park (7.45pm).
Sheridan said: “When things are not going your way, you have just got to work harder.
“I will make sure no-one goes hiding – me, my players, anyone. I will make sure we stand up and be counted.
“That’s one thing I will do. I won’t go hiding.
“I will take the criticism and I expect myself to prove people wrong. But we haven’t won a game in seven so it’s a vulnerable position I’m in at the moment.
“I will accept that, and I will work very hard to turn it around.”
The attendance of 3,929 at Victoria Park included 273 Argyle supporters who had made the long trip to the north-east of England.
Sheridan said: “I can’t believe how many fans we had behind that goal. They travelled all that way from Plymouth.
“I really appreciate them, how they support the team, but they don’t want me to hear me saying, ‘I think the fans were brilliant’.
“They just don’t want to hear that at the moment. We have got to win games, and if we are doing that I know what they will give me.
“When I looked at how many we have had here today, to travel all this way to support the team, it’s unreal.
“They have gone home and it’s very hard for them to take, but they don’t want to hear me make excuses and I’m not going to do it.”
Meanwhile, Sheridan played down the angry reaction of Argyle striker Reuben Reid when he was substituted in the second half against Hartlepool.
Reid was replaced by Lewis Alessandra in the 52nd minute, when the score was still 0-0.
Sheridan said: “I expect him to be unhappy. I just wanted to make a change. I took Hayesy (on-loan Brentford striker Paul Hayes) off last week.
“I would have liked to make four or five changes to try to affect the game and get that goal we wanted.
“It doesn’t bother me or worry me that a player is unhappy. I would do the same thing if I came off and I didn’t feel as though I should have.”