Plymouth appoint Carl Fletcher as interim manager

League Two bottom club Plymouth Argyle have announced that captain Carl Fletcher is to be the club’s new caretaker manager.

After picking up just one point in nine games Peter Reid was relieved of his duties yesterday and the Pilgrims have acted swiftly in finding a replacement.

The news comes as a blow to Reid who auctioned off a number of his medals to aid the club’s ongoing financial crisis.

Fletcher was sent off in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Southend United in what proved to be Reid’s final game in charge.

Acting Chairman Peter Risdale told the club’s official website he believes bestowing the former Welsh international with the temporary management position is the right thing to do: “Carl has all the right attributes to take on this challenge and I am delighted to be able to confirm his appointment.

“Whilst initially taking up the position of caretaker manager, there is no reason, if successful, why Carl cannot make this position a permanent appointment.

“Carl will be given every possible assistance to enable him to succeed in his new role.”

The 31-year-old has suffered consecutive relegations with the club since joining in 2009 and despite an illustrious past that includes Premier League football with West Ham and 36 international caps with Wales he has stuck with the financially ailing club throughout.

He has chosen to appoint long-serving goalkeeper Romain Larrieu as his assistant and announced his delight at taking on the job: “I am grateful to be offered the opportunity to take on the manager’s role at Argyle and can assure all of our supporters that I will give nothing short of 100% in attempting to turn round our fortunes on the field.

“Our supporters have been magnificent during a turbulent period in our history and I am sure that, with their continued help, we can quickly put the past behind us and start to climb back up the Football League.”

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