John Sheridan set to become new manager of Plymouth Argyle
JOHN SHERIDAN is set to become Plymouth Argyle's new manager – after a strong recommendation from former Pilgrims' boss Neil Warnock.
Sheridan, 48, impressed Argyle officials when he was interviewed by them yesterday.
As a result, he was offered the opportunity to succeed Carl Fletcher as manager of the struggling League Two club.
Should all go according to plan, Sheridan will be officially unveiled by the Pilgrims on Monday.
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As revealed by Herald Sport yesterday, Sheridan was on Argyle's short-list of candidates, which also included Bury boss Kevin Blackwell and Keith Hill.
He has been fully briefed on the playing budget he will have to work with.
Warnock is currently the Leeds United manager but still has a home in south-east Cornwall from his time at Argyle from 1995 to 1997.
He continues to follow the fortunes of the Pilgrims from afar and Herald Sport understands he gave a glowing recommendation on Sheridan to club officials.
Sheridan's immediate task will be to ensure Argyle escape relegation from League Two, after slipping to a precarious 21st position in the table.
He lives in the Manchester area so it would be no surprise were Sheridan to make the short trip to watch the Pilgrims play Port Vale in the Potteries today (3pm).
Sheridan, a former Republic of Ireland international midfielder, was the manager of Oldham Athletic from June 2006 to March 2009.
He led the Latics to the League One play-off semi-finals in the 2006/07 season.
Sheridan's record of winning 40 per cent of his games as Oldham manager, in League One from 2006-09, helped persuade Argyle he is the man to succeed Fletcher.
After leaving Oldham, Sheridan was appointed by Chesterfield in June 2009 and they were crowned League Two champions in 2010/11.
Chesterfield were relegated last term, though, and Sheridan parted company with them in August.
He was relieved of his duties after the Spireites picked up only two points from their first three league games.
Sheridan's impending appointment could see Tommy Wright follow him to Home Park.
Wright, 46, was his No 2 at Oldham and Chesterfield, and had a spell as caretaker boss at the latter after Sheridan's departure.
One member of the Argyle squad who will know Sheridan well is midfielder Jamie Lowry.
Lowry had a long stint at Chesterfield until he was released by the Spireites at the end of last season.