Plymouth Argyle right to take their time over next head coach appointment

It is 10 days since Plymouth Argyle secured their Championship survival and the Green Army are still waiting to find out who the club's next head coach will be.

So far there has not been much speculation about potential candidates as the news circle has slowed after the end of a turbulent season, and that is how Argyle's officials will want it to stay because it allows them to work away behind the scenes without any distractions.

There are currently managerial vacancies at Argyle, Hull City and Sunderland in the Championship, while Huddersfield Town, one of the three relegated teams, named Michael Duff, the former Cheltenham Town, Barnsley and Swansea City boss, as their new head coach yesterday.

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Argyle like to keep their cards very close to their chest, as was the case when they appointed Ian Foster in January. It was only late in the process when he first cropped up in the betting odds out of nowhere, which was a clear indicator of what was about to happen.

Of course, that decision did not work out, with Foster's tenure lasting just 87 days and 14 Championship games, eight of which were lost. Now, much sooner than anyone at Home Park would have anticipated in the first week of January, they are looking to bring someone else in.

Liam Rosenior is one of the names to be linked with Argyle after his surprise sacking by Hull, just three days after the Tigers finished seventh in the Championship and following a 1-0 defeat by the Pilgrims at Home Park.

The 39-year-old ticks a lot of the boxes in terms of the profile that Argyle would be looking for and I understand he has been under consideration for the role. Anthony Barry, 37, who has been part of Thomas Tuchel's coaching staff at Bayern Munich this season after previously working under him at Chelsea, has also been mentioned as a leading candidate.

Of course, Argyle have known since April 1, when they sacked Foster, they were in the market for a new head coach and that allowed them time to study the approach they would carry out this time compared to the previous one.

There was never any prospect of an appointment before the end of the season, and thankfully for all concerned the club's director of football Neil Dewsnip and long-serving first team coach Kevin Nancekivell were able to guide the Pilgrims to safety with 10 points from the last six games.

With Argyle retaining their Championship status that should only have served to make them more of an attractive proposition to candidates than had they returned to League One after just one season away.

With stable and sound ownership from Simon Hallett and passionate support from the Green Army - remember, there were home sell-outs for all 23 Championship matches at the Theatre of Greens in 2023/24 - there is a lot going for Argyle.

The biggest downside is they do not have the same financial spending power as their Championship rivals, so they need a head coach who can get the very best out of the players he has at his disposal.

That will involve teaching on the training ground as well as good man-management. There cannot afford to be passengers in the squad, they must all be able to contribute if called upon.

I strongly suspect that Argyle did not want to be seen as rushing into the appointment of a new head coach after getting it wrong with Foster. That, in my opinion, was entirely the right thing to do. They have been able to do their due diligence in their search to find the right fit for the club.

It could be another week or two before the decision is announced but that will still leave the whole of June for the chosen candidate to settle in at Home Park and start planning for next term. Meanwhile, the club's recruitment staff can still be working away right now on identifying player targets.

With Portsmouth, Derby County and potentially Bolton Wanderers all coming up from League One, the Championship is again going to be very competitive right across the board so there is a huge task awaiting the new Argyle head coach, but a very rewarding one as well if he can make a success of it.

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