ARGYLE manager Derek Adams is well on the way to organising his backroom staff ahead of the 2014-15 season, beginning with James Bittner taking on goalkeeper coaching duties.
The 33-year old shot-stopper, who signed for the Pilgrims last season, will continue to be a registered keeper for the Greens, but will now use his experience to greater effect on the training ground, replacing former coach Rhys Wilmot.
“James Bittner is going to be the number two, and is going push Luke, but he is also going to take on the responsibility of pushing the goalkeepers on a daily basis,” said Adams. “James has agreed to stay for next season and I’m delighted with that.
“Rhys was here on a part-time basis, so we just thought it would be better if we had someone here on a full-time basis.”
As well as Wilmot, Derek thanked outgoing coaching staff John Harbin and Sean McCarthy for their contribution to the Green cause, as the new boss begins the expected process of organising his own backroom setup.
“They’ve obviously left the football club. When a new manager comes in he has to assess the staff that have been there, and the staff that are going to come in,” said Adams.
“We’ve reduced the working staff – we’ve made it a wee bit tighter – and we’re looking to take in other staff to do that.”