Nigel Martyn gives Wayne Rooney tip over Plymouth Argyle switch

Cornwall-born former England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has offered a piece of advice to his ex-Everton team-mate Wayne Rooney after his appointment as Plymouth Argyle's head coach.

Martyn, 57, grew up as an Argyle supporter before his career as a player began to take off and he is 'very hopeful' that Rooney can be a success at Home Park. He has also urged him to 'get to know the people of the area, and to understand what it is to come from the far south-west'.

Rooney will lead the Pilgrims into the 2024/25 Championship campaign after they secured their status for a second consecutive season on the final day of last term when they beat Hull City 1-0. While Argyle are bookies' favourites to be relegated, Martyn was optimistic about their prospects under Manchester United's record goalscorer.

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He told BestBettingSites.co.uk: "I am very hopeful because I'm a Plymouth fan so I used to go and watch Plymouth as a youngster back in the day. It was two or three seasons before I started playing men's football myself.

"So, yes, it's my club, if you like. I mean, they're punching above their weight probably, and they're doing extremely well. So getting promotion a couple of years ago was brilliant and to stay in the league was pretty amazing as well.

"It's just that the club is being used as a stepping stone by managers. So we've had Ryan Lowe and then he moves on to Preston and then Steven Schumacher and he goes on to Stoke. They both did extremely well when they were there and signed long contracts, which shows faith. But the minute that they do well with a club like that, a so-called bigger club comes calling.

"I think what is needed is obviously a period of stability and hopefully Wayne can do that. He's an ex-teammate of mine at Everton and he knows the game inside out.

"I would say to him to get to know the people of the area and to understand what it is to come from the far south west. That would be a good way to interact well with them, with the supporters as much as he can because they're a big help to that team.

"Ultimately whether they stay up or not it depends probably on the the strength of the loan players you can get hold of which going forward is obviously not ideal because you want to have your own players to do that, but maybe another season in the Championship and a little bit more finance might allow them to do that."

Argyle's first game in this country with Rooney in charge will be the pre-season game away to Cheltenham Town on Saturday, July 20. Prior to that, the Pilgrims will play at least one match during a training camp in Marbella, Spain.