Sean McCarthy: John Sheridan can keep Plymouth Argyle up
MANAGER John Sheridan has been backed to rescue Plymouth Argyle from dropping out of the Football League by former Pilgrims striker Sean McCarthy.
McCarthy believes Sheridan has the necessary credentials and experience to turn around Argyle's fortunes – but given the club's parlous position near the foot of the table, he acknowledges the task is going to be far from easy.
The ex-Welsh international forward said if Sheridan gets the rub of the green, is allowed time to develop his style and above all has support from the Green Army, he can arrest the club's slide.
McCarthy, who until last November was assistant to then manager Paul Jewell at Ipswich Town, said he knows how the Argyle fans feel and has suffered along with them as he watched them struggle to put a run of positive results together.
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The 45-year-old, who had two spells at Home Park as a player (1988-90 and 1998-2001) said he empathised with the fans' frustrations, but insisted with a full-strength squad, particularly in attack, from which to choose, Sheridan's Argyle will be a much more formidable outfit.
McCarthy (left) said the key ahead of Saturday's home game with Dagenham and Redbridge is for the fans to try and show patience with the players and allow them to relax.
Nervousness among the home players, he said, was almost tangible at times as Argyle fought out a goalless draw with visiting Accrington Stanley last Saturday.
McCarthy said: "I believe firmly that once John has more firepower at his disposal and experienced players back, Argyle will start turning draws into wins.
"The bottom line for Argyle and John and the coaches is getting as many points as possible, even if for the rest of this season the manner in which they achieve that goal is not pleasing.
"Don't forget John will be without experienced strikers like Nick Chadwick (banned) and Warren Feeney (injured) for a few matches yet, and even (on-loan Reading forward) Gozie Ugwu was injured in training and missed last Saturday's game with Accrington.
"Although there wasn't much between the sides and a draw was probably the fairest result, Argyle created chances in the second half, once their nerves had settled.
"As a player, you can sense your own fans' frustrations and that can put you on edge, which I feel probably was the case against Accrington.
"As fans, we've got to try and lift the players and make Home Park the fortress it always was until recent times and make it uncomfortable for the opposition.
"Argyle have shown me enough that they will start turning draws into wins, the more that John's ideas are allowed to develop."