ARGYLE assistant manager, Craig Brewster, is enjoying every minute of his time in Devon so far.
Brewster joined the club in June when Derek Adams asked him to reunite as part of his backroom staff. The Scot is familiar in managerial roles after spending time with teams such as Inverness and Dundee United as a player/manager, before first teaming up with Adams at Ross County. Prior to linking up with Derek for a second time in the West Country, Brewster was a first team coach at Crawley Town, and a caretaker manager on two occasions.
Since arriving at Argyle, Craig has settled into life in the South West with ease. He said: “I’ve fully enjoyed it since the day I arrived. It’s been thoroughly enjoyable; it’s been a real positive start to the season.
“I think everybody throughout the club - office staff, everybody - have played parts of the job where they’ve helped players settle. Anything the players need in terms of searches for houses etc., the club and staff have done that and they feel at home.
“When you bring in players it’s important they settle and settle quickly. If a player or individual is happy in an environment they usually produce their best form."
The Pilgrims have made the best possible start to their campaign sitting in second place in Sky Bet League 2, level on points but only behind on goal difference to Oxford United. It has been said that the season has got off to a great start thanks to the way the players settled in and gelled with each other so quickly. The hard work began in pre-season and has not stopped since with a noticeable difference to the players’ fitness levels.
“Pre-season was really good, excellent," said Craig. "Everybody was very positive. The players, the response to the work we gave them was fantastic and that’s progressed during the season.
“The results we’ve had have been fantastic, the crowd are backing us in great numbers and it’s nice to keep them happy. If we can keep doing that throughout the season that’s what it’s all about.”
Having played 20 games in the league so far the Pilgrims are almost halfway through their fixture list and lie second - but cannot get ahead of themselves. Craig said: “The players have responded well and performed very well, but we know you’ve got to keep doing it week in, week out in football because you play 46 league games.
“We’re nearly halfway so we’ll see what happens come May. That’s when it’s nice to be up there.
“We know there’s a long way to go and we just go game by game.”