SETTLING in is an objective that Argyle manager Derek Adams is greatly focusing on right now – both on and off the pitch.
Whilst the Pilgrims’ boss has been busy ticking off plenty of objectives his managerial to-do list over the past week, Derek has also taken the time to organise a new place to live in Plymouth, as well as getting acquainted with his new surroundings.
“I’ve been away and had a wee look to see where to live over the last couple of days," said Adams. "It’s important that when you do move away, you settle very quickly, and I’m sure I’ll do that.
“It’s been nice: I’ve been out walking during the night. It’s been nice weather so it’s been nice to go and take in the sights – it’s probably a better way than driving about in your car!”
Plans are well underway for when the Argyle squad return for pre-season, and the boss is eager to assess the team first-hand and implement his style of coaching to the club.
“Pre-season will be here; we’ll train in the training parks,” Adams confirmed. “You have to assess the squad on the training field as well as matches.
“I’ll have a different coaching method to other managers, so until we get the players in for pre-season training, see their work ethic and see how they take on the information they’re given, it’s going to be difficult for me to know where the squad’s going to be, and how we’re going to set up.”
With four pre-season friendlies away from home confirmed for next month, Derek and the Argyle staff are busy organising two more games before the 2014-15 season gets underway, with at least one of the fixtures to take place at Home Park.
The Greens will then open the season away to AFC Wimbledon before three consecutive games at the Theatre of Greens, and Adams is looking forward to having home games in July and August for his team to hit the ground running.
“'It’s been busy – it feels like I’ve been here for a month!” said the manager. “I’ve only been here for a few days but it’s been a busy period of time. A lot of work has been concluded already, to do with pre-season training and organisation, so we’re in a good place there.
“The staff are obviously working on (organising more friendlies). We hoped to have the fixtures in before now, so the staff are currently looking to get two games for two dates that are missing, so we’ll wait and see who they can get.
“One might be for here, one might be away from home, but I would definitely hope that one would be here to start the season.
“I think you always want to have home fixtures (to start). It does allow us the time to settle in. We’ve got the first game away from home, but other than that we’ve got three games at home after that. It’s hopefully a good run of fixtures.”