Sheran takes charge at Balmoor

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PETERHEAD have been quick to appoint a successor following the demise of boss Neale Cooper.

Following Tuesday’s match with Stenhousemuir, the club confirmed the appointment of former Montrose and Cove Rangers boss John Sheran as new manager.

Sheran met the players after the 2-2 draw, and was unveiled to the press shortly afterwards.

Sheran has been out of football since leaving Cove following successive Highland League titles, and he said: “It feels great to be be back. It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind but when I was offered the opportunity there was only one answer and that was that I was going to take the job.

“With the game on Tuesday, it speeded the whole thing up but it was good to see the players and then we had training with them on Thursday night and hopefully try and work on things that are not going according to plan.”

Given Sheran had been out of the game for 18 months, the call from Blue Toon chairman Morrison came as a shock.

Sheran said: “They’ve tended to go for some bigger names in the past so it was a bit of a surprise.

“It’s an honour to be given the job and the task of trying to turn things round. I’m hugely motivated by the challenge of trying to improve the situation we’re in, get us out of trouble, I can’t wait to get started.”

Following the draw with Stenhousemuir, Peterhead remain two points behind the Warriors at the bottom of Division Two with just eight games left, but Sheran is looking to take one game a time at this stage

“I think we’ve got to forget there are eight games, and just concentrate on the next one. That’s all we can really concentrate on at the moment.”

Tuesday night’s match was a first chance for Sheran to evaluate his squad, and he continued: “I saw a big improvement from first half to second half tonight so Bobby Mann obviously did a good job with the players. I think they deserve a lot of credit for the effort and everything they put in. On another day they might have won it.

“I know Graeme Sharp from Montrose and I know Martin Bavidge. The rest I don’t know quite so well, but I’ve spoken to number of people already and I’ll be speaking to more so I’ll get more information and more detail about the squad.

“We saw enough on Tuesday to tell us that we can get out of trouble but we need everybody to buy into that idea and get the players’ belief levels up.”

It’s clear Sheran sees belief as the key, and he added: “If we believe we can get out of this we’ve a much greater chance then we have right now when we’re stumbling along and not getting the wins that we need to get us safe.”