James Brent says Plymouth Argyle supporters have right to be riled
Owner and chairman James Brent has admitted Plymouth Argyle’s fans have “every right” to be frustrated by the npower League Two club’s recent results.
The Pilgrims have dropped to 20th position in the table after picking up only one point from their past seven games. That has led to increasing calls from supporters for Carl Fletcher to be replaced as Argyle manager.
Yesterday, Brent said: “The results we’ve had have been disappointing, but I think it requires careful thought to work with Carl on how to get it right. From my perspective, in the majority of the games I’ve seen, we’ve been the stronger side, but we’ve not been able to turn that into wins. That’s the challenge for us all to work out.”
Argyle have won only four of their 20 League games this season, with the last victory coming on October 20 when they beat Rochdale 3-1 at Home Park. Brent said: “The fans have every right and justification to feel very disappointed and very frustrated by the results. That view is totally shared by the board and myself. What we will do is try to do the right thing rather than the popular thing.”
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Fletcher added to his squad with the loan signing of AFC Bournemouth midfielder Mark Molesley last week. The 31-year-old made his debut for the Pilgrims in their 1-0 defeat to Chesterfield at Home Park last Saturday.
Football League clubs can make no further recruits until the January transfer window opens. Finances are tight at Home Park because of below-budget attendances for home games this season, but Brent has not ruled out some more signings then.
He said: “We will be having a discussion with the manager well in advance of the January transfer window to see where he thinks the gaps are in the squad and what his recommendations are. The board will then consider that.”
Argyle have five more matches in League Two before the end of 2012, starting against York City at Home Park on Saturday, December 8. That will be followed by a trip to Devon rivals Exeter City, who are in ninth spot in the table, on December 15.
Truro City’s return to Blue Square Bet South action at their Treyew Road ground will have to wait.
City were due to entertain second-placed Dover Athletic tonight, but a pitch inspection was brought forward from this morning to yesterday – and it did not take long to deem the surface too wet for play.
The Kent side’s visit has already been re-arranged. Weather permitting, it will take place at Treyew Road next Tuesday, December 4, at 7pm.