Warnock sees enough in Pilgrims to believe their fortunes will change
Neil Warnock believes "a little bit of luck" is all it will take for Plymouth Argyle to turn around their fortunes.
The Pilgrims' former manager was at Home Park with his family for the 1-1 draw against Portsmouth last Saturday. Argyle have gone six games without a win in all competitions and have dropped to 19th position in League Two.
They also have struggled to score goals this season, and Warnock pointed to some of the chances the Pilgrims created but failed to take against Portsmouth.
Warnock, who led Argyle to promotion from the Football's League fourth tier in 1996, said: "You just have to keep working hard on the training ground. It's one of those things. You can't put the goals in as a manager, but you wish you could when you are sat there.
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"When open goals are missed, I think 'it's a good job I retired' because you have no say in it when they miss chances like that."
He continued: "It's just a matter of them getting a little bit of luck now.
"I think when you haven't won for a while you just take a little bit too long on the ball. There were a couple of times on Saturday when they could have released passes just slightly earlier and Reuben Reid has gone offside.
"It's just little things when you are struggling a bit."
Current Plymouth boss John Sheridan led Argyle to Football League survival after some excellent results towards the end of last season. However, the Pilgrims have struggled for form this term, after Sheridan made wholesale changes to his squad over the summer.
"I don't think he needs advice," said Warnock. "He has been there and seen it all.
"He knows he has just got to keep going and get results. It's management. It's a hard, cruel life at times. As soon as you get a couple of wins the whole thing turns around."
Warnock thought the 'Dockyard derby' against Portsmouth, which attracted an attendance of close to 9,000, was an entertaining encounter. He said: "Plymouth played very well. I really liked the [3-5-2] system. It was a good game for that division."
Argyle have not won since they beat Bristol Rovers 1-0 at Home Park on September 7 – a match which Warnock also attended. He said: "I must be a lucky charm. The last time I came they won, so I have just got to come to games a bit more often if I can."
Warnock was impressed with the way the 'Green Army' got behind Argyle against Portsmouth, despite the disappointment of recent results, including a 3-1 defeat at arch rivals Exeter City.
He said: "No disrespect to the other teams in League Two, but it's the biggest club apart from Portsmouth.
"I think expectations are always higher when you are at a club like that, especially after the last few years that they have had. I thought the fans still got behind the team on Saturday."
Sheffield United – another of Warnock's former clubs, Gillingham and Bury have all sacked their managers over recent days. But the 64-year-old, who quit as boss of Leeds United in April, has no plans to return to the dug-out. He has been kept busy with media commitments for the BT Sport television channel and radio station TalkSPORT.
He said: "When you see people missing chances like that on Saturday, you realise it might not be a bad thing not being in the game. You go daft when you are in the game."
Warnock is the co-host for the Alan Brazil Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT on Mondays and Fridays. He said: "I enjoy that. I try to give Plymouth as big a mention as I can. I always get it in at some stage."
Kevin Blackwell, who was brought to Argyle as a goalkeeper by Warnock and later became a coach at the club, yesterday lost his job as manager of Bury.
The Shakers are in 21st position in League Two, only one point above the relegation zone. They have gone seven games without a win after losing 2-0 at home to Morecambe on Saturday.
Blackwell, who was appointed by Bury in September 2012, was interviewed by Argyle when they sacked manager Carl Fletcher in January.
However, the Pilgrims ended up choosing Sheridan as their new boss and Blackwell remained at Gigg Lane.