ARGYLE manager Ryan Lowe is bringing fresh enthusiasm and unity at Home Park with his desire to create a stronger connection between everyone at the club and the magnificent Green Army.
There have been more than a few changes to recent pre-season regimes: the squad have already been running in Central Park and Ryan has introduced them to a boxing gym in Plymstock.
In his short time as boss, Ryan has attempted to put his own spin on things, not least by trying to achieve a family-like connection.
Ryan said: “We want to mix with these guys [the fans]; we want to feel that love and make it like a big family. It’s not just me and my players, it’s everyone – we want to be there for everyone. I want to build that and make sure we have that.”
In a further show of appreciation, Ryan plans to invite fans to come to Home Park to watch his side in an open training session, as the Pilgrims step up preparations for the new season.
“I want to do that [have an open day],” said Ryan. “Everywhere I’ve been, we’ve done that to mix with the fans, and the ground will be full, I would have thought. Fans can watch us train and we’ll talk them through what we do, and how we do a session.
“I think it’s important to generate an atmosphere with the fans and get to know them.”
Lowe admitted that there will come a time where it is ‘down to business’ and the players must work the way he works in order to fit in.
“I said to the boys, ‘if you buy into what we’re about, you’ll be successful and you’ll get a chance in the team; if you don’t buy into what we’re about, then you’ll be moved on quickly’, and the boys know that,” he said.
“I addressed that on the very first day and they’ve been brilliant, every single one of them. Even the young lads coming through as first year pros are finding it tough but they’ve all been different class. That has to continue.
“The standards are there now. Whether it’s football standards or working standards, we will be strict on them, so that they are ultimately good people.
“Even when it comes down to eating, we make sure they clear their plates and put their knives and forks away when they’ve finished.
“Camaraderie between the lads is good, and even with me, the banter might be flying, but when it’s down to business, it’s down to business.”