FIRST-TEAM coach Kevin Nancekivell insists the club is united in its goal to achieve League One survival, in the wake of Derek Adams and Paul Wotton’s departure.
Derek, Head of Football, and Paul, Assistant Manager, left the club over the weekend, having come to a mutual agreement with Argyle’s Board of Directors, and Nancekivell agreed to assume responsibility for Saturday’s game.
The Pilgrims go into the final fixture of the Sky Bet League One season, against Scunthorpe United, knowing a win will keep our hopes of staying in the league alive. Kevin will take charge of that crucial fixture and everyone is eager to put things right.
“We want a reaction from last Saturday’s game [a defeat at Accrington], the boys will be putting on a show of passion, with a little bit of calm and composure too, and hopefully we get the right result,“ said Nance.
Clearly, the last few days have been difficult for everyone connected to Argyle, but Nance is determined to finish the season on a high.
“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster,” he said. “[My position] Is tinged with sadness because that means that the manager who has taken me up from the academy has lost his job. It is very sad and that sadness remains because he’s a good man, as is Paul Wotton.
“The club asked me to look after affairs, I’m contracted to the club, so you do your job and that’s what we’ve done this week and I’ll continue to until told otherwise.”
The Greens will be backed by a full house on Saturday evening, with more or less every available seat in Home Park snapped up. As Nance knows, a positive atmosphere from the Green Army can make all the difference.
“You can expect a noisy place with lots of upbeat supporters [on Saturday],” said Argyle’s first-team coach. “It will be a full house hopefully. The players are desperate to right the wrongs of the last few weeks. Hopefully, we bring all that together and we can get what we want.
“We have to forget everything that has gone on and make sure we’re okay for Saturday. We have tried to keep the boys in a positive frame of mind, we have to unite everyone together. The fans have a part to play, the players have a huge game to play. We need the staff, the press, everyone’s help to get us over the line on Saturday.”