MEET the men in the dugout...
Born: June 25, 1975, Glasgow
DEREK made Argyle his second club as a manager in June 2015 after a highly successful career in Scotland, first as a player and then on the other side of the touchline.
Immediately following a successful 14-year playing career, including stints at Aberdeen, over 150 games for Motherwell, and at Ross County, Derek was elevated to a managerial role at County, guiding them to two league titles in five seasons. Either side of a short spell as assistant manager of Hibernian, the Glaswegian established the Dingwall-based Staggies as a top Scottish Premiership side, as well as managing them to a Scottish FA Cup final – beating Hibs and Celtic along the way – and two Scottish Challenge Cup finals.
He began his managerial career in October 2007 and lifted the Scottish Second Division in his debut season in the dugout. He topped that in 2011-12 by taking County into the top flight for their first time in their history, winning the First Division 24 points ahead of second-placed Dundee. The title was sewn up five games before the end of the season on the back of a 34-game unbeaten run, securing Derek the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award.
The following season, he earned a second successive Manager of the Year nomination after guiding County to fifth place in their debut Premiership season, just one point away from European qualification. In 2013-14, he secured a seventh place for County, from who he parted company at the beginning of last season. After 10 months away from a managerial role, taking in knowledge and advice from clubs in Spain, Germany and the USA, Derek was made the new boss of the Pilgrims, becoming the 47th individual – and 12th Scot – to have been entrusted with being in charge of Argyle since the Pilgrims entered the Southern League in 1903.
In Adams' first season with the Greens, he guided the club to a club-record equalling 12 away wins and just a second ever trip to Wembley.
CRAIG BREWSTER - Assistant Manager
Born: December 13, 1966. Dundee
CRAIG was appointed assistant manager of Argyle in June 2015, shortly after Derek Adams took over the reins at Home Park.
He enjoyed a staggering 25-year playing career, beginning as a 19-year old at Forfar Athletic in 1985 and ending with balancing on-field and off-field duties at Inverness, playing on to the age of 44. His playing days also included three years with his hometown club, Dundee United, for who he scored the winning goal for them in the 1993 Scottish Cup final against Rangers. The striker progressed his career in Greece, playing for Ionokis FC for five years before returning to Scotland with Hibernian and Dunfermline and forming a formidable strike partnership at the latter with ex-Pilgrim Stevie Crawford.
After a year playing for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, he became player-manager of Caley in 2006 – his first coaching role – before an on-field-only role at Aberdeen until 2007. He returned to Inverness and helped lift them from the bottom of the Scottish Premiership, securing their status in the top flight before leaving in 2009. During Derek Adams’ first of two spells as manager of Ross County, Craig became his assistant at the Dingwall side, playing a part in the club reaching the 2010 Scottish Cup Final as a Second Division club. Once Derek briefly left County in December 2010, Craig headed south to work under Steve Evans as assistant-manager at Crawley Town, taking caretaker charge in April 2012 upon Evans’ departure and guiding them to promotion from League 2. Craig stayed on as assistant when Sean O’Driscoll was appointed next season, and once again took temporary charge of the club just two months later.
The Scot took a year out of the game before being appointed to the coaching staff at Whitehawk, helping move the Conference South club away from the threat of relegation and, before joining Adams at Argyle, securing a fourth-place finish in the 2014-15 season.
PAUL WOTTON -
First Team Coach
Born: August 17, 1977. Plymouth
AS was mentioned when he received a silver salver at the end of the 2014-15 campaign to commemorate his contribution to the club, it is fair to say that Paul Wotton ‘has only gone and done it’ at Plymouth Argyle.
The living Argyle legend is one of the most decorated players in the club’s history, winning two divisional titles at Home Park and making 491 appearances, placing him as the joint-second highest appearance maker – level with Sammy Black. The defender, who also performed in midfield, was renowned for his leadership as well as powerful free-kicks and penalties, which saw him score 66 goals for the Greens. In his first spell at the club, Paul captained his side to two title successes in 2001-02, where the Pilgrims gained promotion from Division 3, and then in 2003-04 when the Greens clinched the Division 2 title.
After an excellent start to the 2006-07 season, Paul suffered a cruciate and medial knee ligament injury, which sidelined him for 14 months and was subsequently released from the club. He went on to play for Southampton, Oxford and Yeovil, but returned to Argyle in the 2011-12 season and made a significant contribution towards the Greens’ Football League survival. He broke a rib in the opening fixture of the next campaign away at Southend United but overcame injury at the turn of the year to recapture his place in the squad during a late push for the play-offs.
Paul’s association with his boyhood club continued as the Plymothian signed a dual role at the club in 2014-15 but, despite being registered as a player, he focused solely on his first ever coaching role, not making an on-field appearance but making his significant presence felt on the training ground and on the touchline throughout the season. His first campaign in a coaching capacity saw the Greens reach the League 2 play-offs, narrowly missing out on recreating the sort of glory he was part of at Home Park a decade previously, before officially ending his playing career.
Once Derek Adams was appointed as the Pilgrims’ new manager in June 2015, one of his first decisions was to maintain Wotton’s affiliation to the club.
Born: September 5, 1975
GREG Strong will be calling upon the experience gathered over many years as a player to help him uncover talent to add to the Argyle ranks. Greg had a 20-year playing career which encompassed the likes of Stoke City and Hull City and left his position as manager of Welsh side Rhyl to become Argyle’s chief scout in the summer. He started his playing career with Wigan before moving to hometown club Bolton in August 1995, from where he was loaned out to Blackpool and Stoke.
He then moved to Scottish side Motherwell in the summer of 1999 and became a popular player in two seasons at Fir Park, where he played alongside Derek Adams. He returned to England in 2002 after signing for Hull and had loan spells with Cheltenham, Scunthorpe and Bury before moving to Boston. After another loan, at Macclesfield Town, he moved back to Scotland in 2005, joining Derek again at Livingston. After a season and a half at Livingston, he had spells at Dundee, Halifax Town, Northwich and Droylsden before joining Welsh League side Rhyl in the summer of 2008, becoming manager the following year.
PAUL ATKINSON - Head Physiotherapist
Born: October 1, 1961.
Paul Atkinson is the head physiotherapist at Home Park after rejoining the club in February 2010.
In his second spell at Home Park, Paul is in charge of all physiotherapy matters at the club after deciding to move back South following eight years in Scotland with Heart of Midlothian and Dunfermline Athletic.
Paul first worked with Argyle as assistant to Norman Medhurst ten years ago and also acted as a mentor to previous physio Paul Maxwell.
"Plymouth has always been my club in England and I've spent a lot of time in the City," said Paul.
"I started my physiotherapy footballing career in Plymouth and it just seems natural to be coming back."