DURING the 2007-08 season, we allowed SW1TV cameras to film behind the scenes at Home Park.The timing could not have been better as, under the management of Ian Holloway and, then, Paul Sturrock, the Pilgrims enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in their history, coming just a whisker away from reaching the promised land of the Premier League.
Now, SW1TV are streaming all of the eight episodes of Life in the Hot Seat for FREE on their website.
Following different aspects of the club, from the football management and players to the behind the scenes culture of the club, this truly is a unique insight in to the Pilgrims.
Currently, the first five episodes are available on line, with the next four serialised on a fortnightly basis. Click here to view them now
Episode 1: Countdown
Pre-season optimism as Ian Holloway and the Greens prepare for another season in the Championship. Ollie shares his personal and professional ambitions for the season, and club captain Paul Wotton talks about his passion for his home-town club.
Episode 2: The Big Kick-off
As the season gets underway, Argyle show early form in both the league and cup. Personal interviews with star winger David Norris and England Under 18 international Dan Gosling offer player perspectives on Ollie’s enigmatic management style.
Episode 3: On the National Stage
We follow Communications Manager Rick Cowdery as Sky TV broadcast Ollie’s high-flying Argyle against promotion contenders and big spenders Cardiff City. Lilian Nallis adds a touch of Gaelic realism and CEO Michael Dunford explains the importance of financial prudence.
Episode 4: Onwards and Upwards
With the season well under way and the club in the play-off positions, Press speculation escalates regarding Ian Holloway’s long-term commitment to the club. Player aspects come from goalkeeper Luke McCormick and defender Gary Sawyer, while Hungarian international Akos Buzacky decides on his future.
Episode 5: The Bombshell
With Argyle in fourth place in the Championship, speculation becomes fact as Ian Holloway resigns as manager to take over at Leicester City. One week later, Paul Sturrock is revealed as manager of the club he previously steered to successive promotions. Key interviews with Paul Sturrock, Chairman Paul Stapleton and Hungarian internationals Krisztian Timar and Peter Halmosi.
Episode 6: Life Goes On
Paul Sturrock says this will be “the hardest job he’s ever had”, stabilizing the whole club by maintaining Argyle’s promotion push and keeping the talented squad together. We follow Andy Budge and the Commercial Department on match-day against Westcountry rivals and promotion contenders Bristol City.
Episode 7: Revolving Doors
All the fun and games of the January transfer window. Key players are sold and new players added to the re-shaped Paul Sturrock squad. As Jamie Mackie, Chris Clark and other new players settle in, good results follow to keep Argyle in the hunt for the Championship play-offs.
Episode 8: At the end of the Day
It is the run in to the end of the 2007-08 season. Can Argyle sustain their promotion push? Physio Paul Maxwell gives his insight to the season so far as well as coping with player injuries. We look at the youth team as they take on the might of Dean Sturridge-led Manchester City in the quarter-finals and intriguingly new Japanese owners are introduced to the fans as the club look to build on its current status.
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