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Mariner handed reins to try to keep Plymouth shipshape

The former England striker Paul Mariner has taken charge of football activities at Championship strugglers Plymouth Argyle following a management reshuffle.

As part of the developments, the previous manager Paul Sturrock will take up a business support role.

Mariner, who started his successful playing career at Home Park in 1973, scoring 56 goals in 135 games, has been back at the club for the last two months working as assistant to Sturrock.

"The board has decided to make this move following the continuing poor set of results," said the club's chairman, Sir Roy Gardner. Plymouth lie second bottom in the Championship and have lost their last three league matches.