Changes To Coaching Set-up
1st May 2013
ARGYLE manager John Sheridan has continued his close-season reconstruction at Home Park by allowing assistant manager Romain Larrieu to leave the club.Coach Kevin Nancekivell is also leaving the first-team set-up but has been offered an alternative role in the club’s Academy.
Both Ro and Nance have helped John since his arrival at the club in January, having previously worked under former manager Carl Fletcher.
For Romain, it brings to and end a 13-year association with the Pilgrims which has spanned the 21st century highs and lows of the club.
Ro joined the Home Park ranks in 2000 after being released by French side ASOA Valence, along with fellow living Argyle legend David Friio.
Following injury to Jon Sheffield, he ended up playing in 14 matches in his first season and was duly rewarded with a full-time deal.
In 2001, Romain became Argyle’s first choice ‘keeper and helped the Pilgrims to the Nationwide Division Three title, conceding just 28 goals and keeping a club record 27 clean sheets.
He remained number one for the next two seasons, although in the 2003-04 season, he damaged his knee ligaments early in the season, forcing him to miss the rest of the year as Argyle again won promotion, this time to the Championship.
In 2006, Romain was diagnosed with testicular cancer, ruling him out for a significant period of time. On his return, he was sent on loan to Gillingham in order to regain match fitness.
After a second bout of ill health, Ro returned to compete with Graham Stack for the number one spot in 2009, ousting Stack in mid-September and going on to win the Player of the Season award.
Ro featured in his last game for Argyle in our 2-1 defeat to Cheltenham Town on the last day of the 2011-12 season before hanging up his gloves to coach full time in the summer at the end of his testimonial year.
Kevin joined former manager Fletcher’s coaching team in November 2011.
He arrived at the club as a player in 2000 for a reported £5,000, having made a name for himself with an incredible goal-scoring record with non-league Tiverton.
He made his professional debut at the age of 28 as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Mansfield Town at Home Park.
Nance clocked up seven substitute appearances and scored one goal for the club, the only goal of the game in a victory at Hartlepool.
After his retirement, Nance dedicated himself to coaching, working for eight years in the club's Centre of Excellence before receiving his first-team call.
The club can confirm that chief scout Joe Taylor, fitness coach Simon Raynes and psychologist Claire Thackeray will not be retained.
All at Home Park thank Romain and Kevin for their contribution to the club over a number of years and wish everyone all the best for their future careers.