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Sexstone seeks right balance of experience

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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Colin Sexstone has insisted that the new director of football role at Plymouth Argyle will be a permanent post – no matter who the Home Park manager happens to be.

Argyle's newest boardroom member is insistent Carl Fletcher's position as team boss will not be undermined by bringing in a senior new recruit with experience of managing a League team.

Sexstone, the former Bristol City chairman and chief executive, said: "The board are excited about the prospect of appointing a director of football and see it as the way ahead for clubs like Argyle.

"We've been at pains to point out that the role will not affect Carl's position as manager. It will strengthen it. But the post is here to stay, and will be a permanent one at the club.

"If it was felt a change of manager would be beneficial to the club, then the director of football would take over – but only on a caretaker basis until such time as a new manager is appointed."

Sexstone added: "We want someone who has managed at this level, but who has no ambitions to manage again.

"The successful applicant will have no influence on team selection or tactics. That will be the coach's decision alone – in the present case, Carl's.

"We believe in Carl – Argyle have an outstanding young manager and we are doing all we can to help him develop into a successful one, too. But as a young manager, naturally, he lacks experience, so we want to bring on board someone who has the necessary background and years in the game to help him.

"Carl will be involved in the selection process and can sit in on interviews and give us his views about the applicant. But he will not have the final say on who is appointed. That will be James Brent's – or my – decision alone."

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