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Pilgrims step up search for new man

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 28, 2012

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Plymouth Argyle are about to start another round of interviews as they seek a director of football to work with manager Carl Fletcher.

New candidates have come forward in the past fortnight since John Ward decided not to take up the vacancy at Home Park in order to become the new boss of Bristol Rovers.

There is bound to be speculation linking Sean O'Driscoll with Argyle's director of football post, after his sacking by Nottingham Forest this week.

O'Driscoll had been set to become a "mentor" to Fletcher in January until, at the last moment, he went to Forest. Fletcher has a high regard for O'Driscoll, who was his manager when he played for AFC Bournemouth.

When Fletcher was whether O'Driscoll could be a contender for the director of football role at Argyle, he replied: "I'm not too sure, to be honest. He only got sacked on Boxing Day, so it's very fresh."

Speaking before O'Driscoll was sacked, Argyle director Colin Sexstone said there was one "stand-out" candidate from the new applications for the vacancy at Home Park.

Sexstone said: "We want to move quickly, but we also want to do it correctly. We are doing some interviews very shortly.

"We have had more interesting candidates come up that we haven't had before, so we are going to have a chat with them. I would say there is a stand-out candidate but there are a couple of complications, so we have to work on that."

Sexstone added: "There were a number of people who are in work who have approached us, but maybe they weren't quite the right fit for us. It's always an extra complication when you have to get somebody out from another club, clearly on the cost."

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