Midfielder Jamie Lowry is hoping that newly appointed Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan will bring the best out of him.
Lowry has previously played for Sheridan at Chesterfield, describing him as “strict but fair”, so knows what to expect from the 48-year-old.
Lowry, 25, was released by Chesterfield at the end of last season, with Sheridan taking the decision not to offer him a new contract.
Yet, when Sheridan was first appointed as the Spireites’ boss in the summer of 2009, one of his key players early on at the Derbyshire club was Lowry. The midfielder, then aged 22, put in some eye-catching performances at the start of the following season.
Lowry scored six goals in 15 games before suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in October 2009 which kept him out of action until February 2011. He made only ten more appearances for Chesterfield, three of them starts, as he tried to regain form and fitness before he was released by Sheridan.
The midfielder ended up signing for Argyle as a free agent in July, and Sheridan parted company with Chesterfield at the end of August.
Now they have been reunited and Lowry was picked by Sheridan for his first match as Argyle manager, the 2-1 victory over Morecambe at Home Park last Saturday.
Lowry had not started an npower League game for the Pilgrims since the 1-0 defeat at Bradford City on November 20. He said: “I spent a lot of time with him [Sheridan] at Chesterfield and he did well there.
“I’m happy to see him again and, hopefully, he can turn it around here and bring some good fortune in.”
Lowry insisted he had no hard feelings towards Sheridan over his departure from Chesterfield. He said: “That’s football. That was what he thought was best for the club at the time. It’s a different situation now.
“He knows me as a player and I hope he gets the best out of me, like he did before my injury at Chesterfield.”
Sheridan led Chesterfield to the League Two title in 2010-11 and they lifted the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last season, although the Spireites were also relegated as well.
Now Sheridan has been handed the task of making sure Argyle stay in the Football League.
Lowry said: “He likes his teams to attack and score goals and, hopefully, that’s what we will do.
“He’s strict but fair. Like he always says, ‘if you do right by me, I will look after you’, so you can’t ask for more than that,” the midfielder added.
“It’s a clean slate for everyone [at Argyle]. For people who haven’t been playing, such as myself, it’s a chance to shine and, hopefully, make an impression on him.”
Sheridan took a watching brief at training last week as he started to assess the Pilgrims’ squad that he has inherited.
He let Kevin Nancekivell and Gary Owers, who had previously been coaching the club’s Under-18 squad, put the players through their paces.
Lowry said: “With him not knowing everyone’s name, he took a bit of a step back and he was just getting used to everyone.
“I’m sure he will step into it more in the next few weeks and put across how he wants to play, and what he expects from the players.”