Forward Thinking

THERE has been a lot of looking forward at Argyle this week, with the public consultation on the Home Park development – including a new Home Park grandstand – having begun.

One person is looking no further than this April, however, by which time the Pilgrims will know whether they have maintained or lost their Football League status after 93 seasons.

“I don’t want to talk about the long term because the most important time is now, the next seven games and staying in this division,” said manager John Sheridan.

“That’s the only thing on my mind. I’m not even thinking about anything else.

“I really appreciate Plymouth giving me the opportunity to manage; they’d had faith in me that I can keep them in this division and that’s what I’m going to do.”

‘Not even thinking about anything else’ includes John’s own future beyond this season.

“I’ve spoken to the chairman and the people involved, and I think it’s only fair to deal with it when we know where the club lies,” he said.

“I think everyone will agree with me [that] it’s all about staying in the league.

“It is unusual because I’d usually speak to players before the end of the season and get deals done...but, with the position we’re in, it’s fair on everyone’s part to focus on the job in hand.

“We’ll keep doing what we’re doing - it looks as though we’re going the right way. It could go to the wire because all the teams are fighting to stay in the league because they know how important it is.

“It’s all about the next seven days, starting with the game on Saturday and trying to get something.”