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Honesty's The Best Policy

3 May 2013

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ARGYLE manager John Sheridan is an advocate of honesty always being the best policy, especially when people’s futures are involved.

This week, striker Nick Chadwick and goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin were placed on the Pilgrims’ transfer-list and whilst John believes that the decision is best for both players and club, it does not make it any easier.

John said: “Any manager will tell you that, when they’re telling people that they’re not wanted or that you are looking elsewhere to do other things, it’s very hard; it’s the hardest part of my job. 

“I’m just being honest and that’s the way I work.

“If I feel that players are going to be here – in Chaddy’s case, an experienced player – sitting around and wasting six months or a year if I feel as if they’re not going to figure as much as they’d like.

“I feel it would be in everyone’s best interest if they go and play regular football.

“I’m just giving them that opportunity by being honest and telling them where I am and what I want to do.

“If I have to tell you, I’ll tell you straight to your face – I’m not one of those people who whispers in the coaches’ office.

“That’s how I always liked it as a player. I respected the managers who were honest with me.

“Sometimes, it’s things you don’t want to hear but I only do it for the benefit of the players, the team and the club.”

Similarly, assistant manager Romain Larrieu left the club this week, alongside coach Kevin Nancekivell, who has been offered a position in the club’s academy.

“It’s just what I think I need to do,” said John.

“I know they’ve both been here for a long time but I’m just doing it for the benefit of the club, to go in a different direction. I need people who know how I work and which way I want to go forward.

“It was a tough decision but I think, hopefully, it will benefit everyone.

“They both helped me out a lot with the knowhow of the club when I first came in and I’m really grateful for that, but I’m looking at other things.”


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