15th June 2015
COACHES Sean McCarthy, John Harbin and Rhys Wilmot, as well as chief scout Darren Sheridan, are all leaving their roles at Argyle.Sean joined Argyle's coaching staff shortly after John Sheridan was appointed manager, in January, 2013. He had two spells with Argyle as a player; first, Ken Brown brought Sean to Home Park from Swansea in 1988, and his form led to a £250,000 move to Bradford. He would play in the Premier League with Oldham Athletic before returning to Home Park in 1998, as Kevin Hodges brought his old team-mate back to Devon.
After wrapping up a career in which he scored over 200 goals, Sean managed Truro City before joining Paul Jewell's coaching staff at Ipswich Town. After leaving Portman Road, he joined Sheridan at Argyle as a first-team coach.
Australian John Harbin first worked with Sheridan at Oldham in the early 2000s, when Sheridan was still playing for the Latics under boss Iain Dowie. Harbin worked under Dowie at five clubs, the last being Queens Park Rangers. John stayed at Loftus Road to work for Paulo Sousa, then followed the Portuguese to Swansea City.
Having been Argyle boss for six months, Sheridan put in a call to his old mate Harbin to join him at Home Park - despite the latter having relocated back to Australia. Harbin joined Argyle in the role of Performance Coach, with responsibility for the players' mental and physical well-being, and was a popular figure at Home Park. His mantra of 'One More Round' will not be forgotten in these parts.
Rhys Wilmot made 147 appearances in goal for Argyle between 1988 and 1992, having joined from Arsenal. After finishing his career in the south-west with Torquay, Rhys joined Devon and Cornwall Police, and combined his role with working with the Argyle Academy. After Sheridan's arrival, he had Wilmot work with first team goalkeepers Jake Cole and Luke McCormick, and latterly James Bittner.
Wilmot is expected to continue his work with Argyle's academy.
Darren Sheridan, brother of former manager John, became Argyle's chief scout after his sibling's appointment in the Pilgrims' hot-seat. Darren, himself a top-flight player with Barnsley, held several coahcing positions at non-league clubs - including a successful spell as manager of Barrow - before his new job at Argyle.
Everyone at Argyle would like to place on record our thanks to Sean, John, Rhys and Darren for their sterling work for the football club, and wish them the very best for their futures.