Plymouth Argyle Next Manager Odds
Next Permanent Plymouth Argyle Manager
Derek Adams (Manager - Plymouth Argyle)
As Plymouth Argyle take on Charlton Athletic this weekend at the Valley, manager Derek Adams has stressed the importance of scoring the game’s first goal. The Pilgrims lie at the bottom of the League One table, winless after eight matches and picking just three points. Much of the blame for Argyle’s poor performance this season is the lack of goals (a meagre four in eight matches). Does this mean that Derek Adam’s job is in danger or he isn’t the right man to lead the club?
Taking over the reigns at Home Park from the start of 2015-16 League Two season, Adams is the club’s most successful manager since fellow countryman Paul Sturrock. In his second season, Adams won promotion to League One for Plymouth after finishing runners up. The following year in League One, the club narrowly missed the playoffs as they finished seventh in the table. Up till the September 15, 2018, fixture against Blackpool, Adams has managed 171 matches for the Pilgrims, winning 77, drawing 37 and losing 57. This gives him a win percentage of 45.03%, which is the second best success ratio of any Argyle manager since WWII bettered only by Sturrock.
Starting his coaching career at Ross County as a player-coach in 2006, Adams was promoted to the position of a player-manager the following year. Despite being in the roster as a player as well, he did not take on the field since his appointment, choosing to focus on his manager duties. He did not disappoint as he earned his side promotion to Scottish First Division by winning the Second Division in 2008. After two years, his side also marched to the Scottish Cup Final against all odds, upsetting the likes of Celtic and Hibernian enroute. Despite losing the final, it was a fairytale run for Adam & co.
The following season, Adams joined Hibernian as the understudy of manager Colin Calderwood. After spending a season in the top tier of Scottish football, adams returned to Ross County, more experienced than before. In his first season of the second stint, he won the Scottish First Division, earning promotion to the Scottish Premier League. The Staggies had romped their way in the league, clinching the First Division title with five games to spare. During the race for promotion, Adams’ men were unbeaten for 40 matches, a run which extended to the Premier League as well before it was ended by St Johnstone.
The following seasons, Adams has struggled with relegation in the first half of the season before picking up pace in the second half. Ross County also played attractive and attacking football under Adams, being the top scorers and the best defensive team during their First Division season.
This has been replicated at Plymouth as well. Last season, the club started most of the matches with the attacking trio of Graham Carey, Ruben Lameiras and Ryan Taylor with Carey scoring 14 goals. However, this season, Adams seems to be trying a different strategy as the three are yet to feature together with Lameiras and Taylor yet to start a game.
“They are three big players for us, and I think that they have all done well for this football club,” Adams said in an interview with Plymouth Live. This season, Adams has put in increased faith on Freddie Ladapo, who was snapped up on a free transfer.
“But we have other players like Freddie Ladapo who has come in and done really for us as well. So has Joel Grant. So from that point of view we have got good competition for places. Against Blackpool we had the most attacks of any club throughout League One and the most attacks on the flanks of any club throughout League One. That’s pleasing, but we are not taking the opportunities of finding that final pass when we are in that area,” he explained.
Adams probably knows best. He has been in situations where his side have hit rough patch. However, he has always picked up the pieces and led the team to punch above their weight. After missing the playoffs last term, the Green Army will hope that Adams finds the right chemistry in his team soon and embark on another scintillating form to go one better this time around!