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Carl Fletcher sacked by Plymouth Argyle

By NeilShaw  |  Posted: January 02, 2013

Manager Carl Fletcher sacked by Plymouth Argyle

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CARL FLETCHER has been sacked by League Two strugglers Plymouth Argyle following today's 2-1 defeat at relegation rivals Bristol Rovers.

Fletcher was dismissed by Argyle owner James Brent immediately after the defeat at the Memorial Stadium, which puts the Pilgrims ever closer to the relegation places.

In a statement published on Argyle's website, poor results were blamed and a need for change as the reasons for Fletcher's dismissal.

The statement reads: "Plymouth Argyle Football Club have parted company with manager Carl Fletcher.

"The team's recent results have not been good enough and, with the club's Football League future paramount, the board felt a change was necessary as we head into an important part of the season.

"The owner and the board would like to thank Carl for all he has done for the club, as a player and
"Carl helped keep us in the Football League last season and we will never forget that contribution he made to Argyle's history.

"He leaves with our best wishes and will always be welcome at Home Park."

It continued: "The club will be making no further immediate comment."

One potential candidate for the Home Park hot-seat is former Argyle player Keith Hill, who was axed by Championship Barnsley at the weekend.

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  • bikerlad707  |  January 02 2013, 5:18AM

    it has been a bumpy ride . never the less, Carl's now gone,, p a f c needs to regroupe sort themselves out & move on . all is not lost we still have a team , cut the dead branches off , the regroth will start Carl Fletcher did try , theres no need to **** him off , good luck whatever he does from now on . another beginning C O Y Gs

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  • sacdiver  |  January 02 2013, 1:53AM

    Rumour from inside camp is Argyle are looking at Truro manager and ex Argyle defender Lee Hodges.....to be cont.

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  • Mlifeboat  |  January 01 2013, 11:40PM

    Wilfwastheman - Agree entirely with your post and know like the rest on here we need 2 strikers ASAP. The fireman may be able to be of use if he is fed well enough (play wingers) but donkey 1 and 2 Feeney and Chadwick need retiring to a nearby field and put out to grass. Sorry to see anyone lose their job (I know that feeling) BUT this has been in the offing for a while and based on results there was no way back. There was never going to be a right time but as the saying goes "no time like the present". I hope that the club still sign MacDonald and also get a good manager in without the need for a director of football. I am not a fan of any player for the club returning as manager - it rarely works - Hodges, Mariner, Fletcher are proof of this so sorry I won't vote for Keith Hill. I am sure the regulars will put me right as to others who have done good though? I would however go for Phil Brown or Shaun O'Driscoll though but the budget will determine who we can afford. I had no transport to go to Bristol so unable to comment on the game but as sure as day follows night, points make prizes and we need a new manager in soon enough who is prepared to grab the mantle with both hands and pull us away from the trap door. I doubt we will get anything from Port Vale but stranger things have happened. Mandy Lifeboat xx

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  • grumpygit  |  January 01 2013, 11:31PM

    You might be right Wilf. It's not just our forwards failing to score though. We've been too soft defensively and not scoring enough from set-pieces. Improvements in these two areas alone should see us getting a better points per game ratio which should be enough to keep us up.

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  • WILFWASTHEMAN  |  January 01 2013, 10:57PM

    I am afraid grumpy I have to disagree with you that we can survive without new signings. The new manager could be the greatest on the planet but with Chadwick,Feeney and the fireman up front we just wont score enough goals to survive. If we get to the end of January without 2 new forwards I fear Conference football next year is inevitable.

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  • grumpygit  |  January 01 2013, 10:30PM

    As Carl would say, nobody died because of his sacking and at least he has a family to return to tonight so you'll have to forgive me for not feeling soppy at this news. Carl's time at PAFC has been a disaster. Two successive relegations as captain, triggered a clause in his contract which gave him another 12 months as a footballer (when he clearly wasn't fit to see the season through as a footballer) on a lucrative wage at a time when we needed his wage off the books and played a part in the sacking of Peter Reid. His sacking as manager has been long overdue. Let's just hope the next appointment is the right one and not another 'job for the boys' type. Let's hope we can make it through to the summer with our league status intact, have a good clearout of the expensive deadwood at this club and push on from there. It wont be easy and it'll probably be ugly for the next few months but it's certainly doable with or without any new signings this month.

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  • Oldbilly  |  January 01 2013, 10:11PM

    Levelheaded , strikes me as rather unbalanced , with his vitriolic nonsense . Bill in Swindon

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  • sidewinder  |  January 01 2013, 10:11PM

    thank god

  • Bifff  |  January 01 2013, 9:48PM

    Hey, I recommend all our fans to watch Carl's final interview on BBC sport, Argyle page. It really shows the passion and stress he has had to endure over the last 4 years. Remember he even played without wages. The positive thing is that he will be stronger in the long run from this experience. Most passionate final interview from a sacked football manager I've ever seen.

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  • plymuffmuff  |  January 01 2013, 8:58PM

    Look, I don't have to justify how I feel about Fletcher being sacked. he gave alot to the club... mainly as a player, but he was never the man for the job. There is alot of work to be done now. Beginning with appointing the right candidate, but this was always going to be the first step in my opinion. I just hope the board make the correct decision regarding his replacement. If not we could be stuck in this mess for years to come. It's fingers crossed time now.

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