Plymouth Argyle find their man in Derek Adams

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 11 June 2015, 10:06

Derek AdamsPlymouth Argyle have ended their search for a new manager, appointing Derek Adams as John Sheridan's successor at Home Park. The Pilgrims parted ways with Sheridan last month, shortly after their play-off semi-final defeat to Wycome Wanderers, which ended the club's hopes of winning promotion up to League One.

Only in the last few days did Derek Adams emerge as the outright frontrunner for the post, sneaking ahead of Brighton coach Nathan Jones in the betting. Other contenders included Brian McDermott, Neil Warnock, Graham Coughlan and Steve Lomas, but in the end the League Two side were evidently impressed with what Adams had to offer.

Adams' only previous managerial experience has been up in Scotland, where he has had two spells at Ross County, with a brief stint as Hibernian's assistant manager sandwiched in between.

The 39-year-old, led County to a Second Division title in 2008, and then a Scottish Cup final (2010) in his first tenure at the club, before returning and winning promotion to the SPL in 2012, winning him the PFA Scotland manager of the year award.

Adams then steered the club to an impressive top-6 finish in their first season in the top-flight, which was followed by 7th spot in 2013/14. However, last term the Victoria Park outfit endured a torrid start, losing their opening four matches, which cost Adams his job in August.

Adams will now be bidding to prove himself in England, and he'll be immediately tasked with leading Plymouth up to League One. The Pilgrims are priced at 9/2 (Bet365) to win promotion next term, while the south coast club are priced at 20/1 to do it in style by winning the title.

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