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Steve Cotterill's Green Army?

Struggling side, Plymouth Argyle are currently propping up the Championship table with only two points from 8 games and a goal difference already in negative double figures. They also had a poor sseaon in 2008-9 narrowly avoiding relegation after finishing 21st in the league table, five points and one place clear of the bottom three.

It is inevitable therefore that media speculation about the future of their manager, Paul Sturrock should now be rife and already the dreaded statement of support from the Chairman has been necessary.

New Argyle Chairman Sir Roy Gardner is understood to be supporting Sturrock and said recently:

'The priority is stabilisation and laying a good foundation for the future. Paul is the right man to do this on the football field and take the club forward.'

Sturrock is in his second spell with the club. He resigned from Dundee United in August 2000 before later joining Plymouth for his first spell. This was a successful time for the former Scotland international and Dundee United player. He begame a Green Army legend by first guiding them to the Third Division title.

By October 2003, Plymouth were in top spot of the Second Division and they would be crowned Champions that season and get promotion to the Championship. Sturrock though had left by then with Plymouth still having 12 games of the season to play.

Managerial spells at Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon followed before Sturrock rejoined Plymouth in November 2007 for his second spell at the club. Initially Argyle once more seemed to be having success and at one point reached 10th, their highest spot in the Championship and looked like possible play-offs candidates.

However the slide then began with the club now looking relegation candidates for the second season running and Sturrock beginning to lose his appeal amongst the fans. Argyle have just five wins from their last 38 matches.

Speculation in The League Paper, a National football newspaper suggests Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale and former Burnley boss Steve Cotterill could be in the frame to replace Sturrock.

Steve Cotterill has of course been linked to numerous managerial positions since leaving Burnley by mutual consent in November 2007 and more often than not he has denied the rumours himself but the fact remains he is still out of football management after nearly two years.

It will be interesting to see if he makes any statemtnts this time about the speculation.

It would appear though that Tisdale would be the stronger candidate. He is regarded as one of the best young managers in the game (Shades of Cotterill?) after leading the Grecians to two successive promotions since taking over in 2006.

Whatever happens we wish Steve Cotterill well in his attempts to get back into football management.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 23 2009

Time: 9:28AM

Your Comments

It is about time we saw Cotterill back in football management. I never thought he was that bad to be honest and he got some awful abuse from Clarets fans towards the end that I felt was obnoxious and not warranted
turfmanphil
Here Here we have had worse managers than SC and he kept us in championship and gave us some memorable cup matches. Wish him well.
sheclaret
SC did a very good job stablising the club when it was most needed! By the end, we needed to move the club forward and I think their were doubts over whether SC could do that. I hope he does get back into management and am a little surprised he has been out of work so long. Plymouth apparently travel approx 12000 miles in a season, I wonder how happy the fans would be travelling that distance to see 0-0 results ground out!
Claretdale
Steve Cotterill should be given another chance. He put his heart and soul into Burnley. I think he did ok, not great, but ok yes.
Grimsby Claret
Excellent comments lads & lasses! It was time for Steve to go in the end but just because Coyle is an outstanding manager doesn't mean Cotterill was a crap one. Our promotion team still contained the majority of players signed by Cotterill for one thing and that says a lot about his judgement. Cotterill also had to suffer season after season with less finance that OC now gets and he had to see most of his key players sold off in the transfer windows without any dosh to find suitable replacements in time.
turfmanphil
SC is definitely a character, within the game, but the one to lead Argyle out of their current dilemma. There are players at the club who can play football, need to play football and want to play football, so Tisdale or someone other than SC should be approached. Not only that, I like SCs comments when he is on the box.
WDGreen
We shall see what happens - Why do we think he hasnt got a job before now? No offers he has been interested in? or no offers full stop?
Claretdale
SC has been linked with a few jobs in the past and I have thought at them times he could do a good job their but he never went on to get them, I for one hope he gets the job and good luck to him!
8clarets8
He was going to get that role in the US but it fell through due to work permits or summat. He has been doing TV punditary and maybe he is just biding his time. Financially he is probably still OK and doesn't need to work if he dont want
turfmanphil
 

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