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Carl Fletcher Sacked by Plymouth Argyle

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5:51pm 2nd January 2013
(Updated 5:51pm 2nd January 2013)

Carl Fletcher has broken down in tears after being sacked by Plymouth Argyle.

It happened after the Pilgrims went down 2-1 to relegation rivals Bristol Rovers.

The club has released a statement on Wednesday afternoon, which said: "Plymouth Argyle Football Club have put Romain Larrieu and Kevin Nancekivell in temporary charge of first-team affairs.

“This follows the club’s decision to part company with manager Carl Fletcher on Tuesday.

“Romain and Kevin will prepare the team for Saturday’s visit to Port Vale with the assistance of the club’s senior professionals.

“They will remain responsible for first-team matters until such a time that a successor to Carl is appointed.

“The club will be making no further immediate comment to this announcement.”

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An earlier statement confirming Carl Fletcher's departure, said: "Plymouth Argyle Football Club have parted company with manager Carl Fletcher.

“The team’s recent results have not been good enough and, with the club’s Football League future paramount, the Argyle Board felt that a change was necessary now as we head into an important part of the season.

“The owner and the Board would like to thank Carl for all he has done for the club, as a player and a manager.

“Carl helped keep us in the Football League last season and we will never forget that huge contribution he made to Argyle’s history.

“He leaves with our best wishes for his future career and will always be welcome at Home Park.

“The Board will now seek promptly to appoint a new manager with significant experience of football management.

“The club will be making no further immediate comment to this announcement.”

Instead of slipping away, Fletcher chose to speak to the media after his sacking.

At times he wiped away tears and his voice shook as he spoke to reporters about his sacking and his future plans.

He said: "It's tough when you speak to the players. They've put a lot in and we've been through a lot together. It's a real good football club, you know? We've been through some real tough times and hopefully it's going the right way."

Asked whether he would continue as a manager Carl replied: "I don't know really. Sometimes you think, is it worth all the hassle? All the stress, the late nights, the work. I don't know."

But he has suggested he might resurrect his playing career, after taking a break to spend time with his children.

You can hear his interview here...

 

Chair of the Cornish Supporters Association Alan Beecham said: "Something had to happen because the results weren't going in our favour. To keep losing and not getting the points, we're getting in a very bad position again."

5:51pm 2nd January 2013

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