Plymouth Argyle sticking to head coach title as search for next boss ramps up

Plymouth Argyle are aiming to strike the right balance between a speedy appointment of a new head coach with making sure they hire the right person, according to director of football Neil Dewsnip.

After the ill-fated 87-day, 14 league game tenure of Ian Foster, and the subsequent very close call of relegation out of the Championship, it is a critical recruitment for the Pilgrims as they seek to establish themselves in the second tier of English football.

The process had already started even before Argyle secured their Championship survival with a 1-0 victory over Hull City at Home Park on the final day of the 2023/24 season, but now the search can really ramp up.

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A meeting of club officials will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) to discuss the latest position and Dewsnip has confirmed that whoever is appointed will again have the title of head coach, as Foster did, rather than be known as the manager, as was the case with Steven Schumacher.

On the head coach job description, Dewsnip said: "That's the road we have gone down. We don't feel the need to change that at all. We will be looking for someone who fulfils the criteria of that role."

Argyle are likely to want to make an appointment before the end of this month so whoever is chosen will have plenty of time to settle into the role before pre-season begins in late June.

Dewsnip said: "We want to make sure we get the right appointment, obviously, so we will be as quick as we can but equally we are not going to rush into something."

After the Easter Monday dismissal of Foster the club turned to Dewsnip and first team coach Kevin Nancekivell to lead the first team for the final six fixtures of the season. As a result of the intensity of the fight against relegation, Dewsnip's full focus was on that and he was not actively involved in the start of the recruitment process for a new head coach.

Dewsnip said: "I haven't seen a list (of candidates). I know there is a list and I'm looking forward to seeing it. I don't think there is as many on the list currently as last time, but I suspect that's because people have been waiting to see which league we were in. That would make sense so I suspect people are already sending their CVs into the club."

After Schumacher left Argyle to take charge of Stoke City shortly before Christmas many of his backroom staff followed him to the Potteries. That eventually led to Foster appointing Simon Ireland as a first team coach and David Tivey as physical performance coach on short-term contracts until the end of the season, but Dewsnip has not ruled out the possibility of them staying at Argyle.

Dewsnip said: "They have done brilliantly and their contributions have been immense. Whoever is going to be the new head coach, I will put their names on the table in front of him to see if he would want to use them."

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