Sacking of Carl Fletcher is no surprise to Plymouth Argyle supporter groups
ARGYLE supporters expressed sympathy but not surprise over the New Year's Day sacking of manager Carl Fletcher.
Fletcher's time in charge of the Pilgrims came to an end yesterday at the Memorial Stadium, where the League Two strugglers were beaten 2-1 at Bristol Rovers, who with Wimbledon occupy the bottom two places.
Their defeat to Rovers and Wimbledon's 3-2 victory at Torquay United dropped Argyle down to 21st and two points off the drop zone.
Keith Bulley, chairman of the Plymouth supporters' club, claimed Fletcher's lack of managerial experience had become all too apparent as the results worsened.
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Bulley said he hoped Argyle's next appointment would be a manager with experience of operating with a small budget in League Two.
He said Argyle's survival as a Football League club was a greater priority for the Green Army and that many fans felt Fletcher should have been dismissed earlier.
Bulley said: "I wasn't surprised Fletcher was sacked, although he deserves a lot of credit for helping keep us up last season.
"I think his inexperience has been shown up this year, in terms of his use and timing of substitutes and also his tactics, particularly in home games.
"I think the performance against Wycombe (Argyle lost 1-0) at home on Saturday was very poor and that home fans were fast becoming concerned at what they were seeing.
"Who to bring in next? I don't know, but it surely has to be someone with a lot more experience than Carl, who I think could and should have been let go maybe before Christmas.
"We need someone who can get us out of the mire we're in – and fast."
Cornish supporters chairman Alan Beacham echoed the views of his city-based counterpart over the dismissal of the twice Argyle player of the year.
Beacham said: "In my opinion and a number of other concerned Argyle fans here in Cornwall, we feel Fletcher's shortcomings as a manager had been obvious for a while.
"I've a lot of time for what he did in keeping Argyle safe from relegation when he took over as boss from Peter Reid last year.
"But we're back in the same position as we were last season and that has to be down to Fletcher's management, I'm afraid to say. It's vital the next manager has the experience needed to lead us out the danger area."
There were tweets from former Argyle players expressing sympathy and support for Fletcher.
Former Argyle loanee and Burnley winger Alex Macdonald tweeted: "Can't believe Fletch has been sacked! Not nice seeing someone lose their job."
Southampton's Ryan Dickson tweeted: "Feel for Fletch. Always going to be a tough job."
Argyle president Chris Webb tweeted his 'immense thanks to Carl for his loyalty and commitment. A change is the right thing for the club which is all that matters'.