Let's Talk On Monday

SHOWING the consistency he demands from his players, John Sheridan has steadfastly refused to look beyond Saturday’s final game of the season.

This week, however, in the build-up to arguably the most important match in Plymouth Argyle’s history, the gaffer has allowed a tantalising glimpse of his forward-thinking.

A win or a draw at Rochdale, or a defeat-and-a-helpful-result-elsewhere, sees the Pilgrims – who go into the match having taken 16 points from their last nine matches – avoid relegation into the Blue Square Conference

“It’s vitally important that we get the right result,” said John, “because I do think that, if we stay in the Football League, we’ll kick on next season.

“My job’s not done – I’ve come here to keep the club in the league. Hopefully, it’ll all be done on Saturday. 

“If I do that, I’ll be very pleased and proud.

“I’ve told the chairman and [general manager] Jason Turner three of four times, I’m very happy here.

“A lot rides on the game on Saturday. There are people’s livelihoods at stake. Not just players. There are people in and around the club.

“It’s important that we stay in the Football League and, if we do that, it will make everyone’s decisions and jobs a lot easier.

“I’ll get the game out of the way and then hopefully we’ll stay up and everything will be sorted out.”