With Plymouth Argyle sacking, or as the club website states “Relieving him of his duties.” Derek Adams, who would be the favourite to replace him.
It’s a strange time of the season to be sacking a manager, who has done so much for a club, that were in League 2 when he took over the reins, leaving Ross County in Scotland to take on the challenge back in 2015.
In total he spent 7 years with Ross County, winning two honours and having a win percentage of around 40% during two spells, it was this that attracted Argyle to appoint him and as a result, he guided the club from League 2 into league, the year after losing the play off final to AFC Wimbledon.
Adams leaves with Plymouth, currently sitting in 21st posistion, on 47 points, the same number as Southend United who are directly above them.
Argyles dreadful run of 5 defeats in their last 6 league matches have led to this parting of the ways, and in terms of who could take over well their are a few good and more than qualified coaches, who really have nothing to lose, should they take the posistion on.
Chris Powell,the former, Charlton, Derby and Huddersfield manager is a name that springs to mind, having recently left Southend United, but with a good track record in lower league football, having an average win rate of around 41.5% which in this modern age is good, given the restrictive budgets on offer in lower league football.
His teams are always well organised and play football the right way, not always to the liking of the chairman who employ him, because they are looking for quick fixes as opposed to long term success and while he has manged clubs such as Derby and Huddersfield, a shot at a bigger club, in lower league terms anyway, packed with history, could prove an unresistable challenge.
Stuart McCall, is another manager, who has recently left his posistion and Like Powell, has good knowledge and a track record in Lower league football. McCall is vastly experienced and certainly has been successful at the clubs he has managed, though he has a surprising average time of 1.7 months term as a manager, which given his experience is unusual and one wonders if he was given longer, what success would he bring.
He started his managerial career off at Bradford and in total has managed the bantams twice.
Dean Keates Previously of Walsall, is another name, who would be attractive for the Pilgrims, given his extensive knowledge of League 1, having served Walsall with distinction both as a player and a coach, and despite his tenure as a manager only lasting 13 or so months, would possibly be tempted back into management, with the lure of Plymouth, potentially proving to difficult.
3 good experienced coaches who, with just 1 game to go, are really in a no lose situation, given that Plymouth have to win to stay up and even then, that may not be enough.
Or could it be that they might turn to north of the border again, given that they have already had success in choosing from the Scottish league previously and choose the Ross County Managerial pairing of Steve Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell.
Which ever way Plymouth Choose to go, it will be a tough challenge for the chosen applicant.