Plymouth appoint Williamson to build on Sturrock's success

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Bobby Williamson does not intend to change a winning formula at Plymouth Argyle just yet.

The former Hibernian manager was yesterday unveiled as the new manager at Home Park, where he inherited a side top of the Second Division and which could secure the championship at the weekend.

Under Paul Sturrock, who left for Southampton in March, the Pilgrims were moulded into a side capable of sustaining a promotion challenge for a return to England's second tier for the first time since 1992.

Despite a 4-1 drubbing at Oldham last time out, Plymouth can secure promotion and the championship should they beat second-placed Queen's Park Rangers at home on Saturday.

There have been suggestions that the new manager will bring his assistants, Jim Clark and Gerry McCabe, with him. But Williamson said he could well stick with the current coaches Kevin Summerfield and John Blackley, who will be in charge of team affairs this weekend.

"I'll speak to the coaching staff and see what they have got planned," he said. "If I feel I need to change it, I'll change it, but I don't plan on upsetting the cart too much, because everything's been going well.

"It was a disappointing result at the weekend, but I'll speak to Kevin and John and find out what their plans are. I think I'll oversee things and let these two guys carry on the good work they have been doing."

Williamson failed to find full favour with Hibernian supporters since replacing Franck Sauzee at the club. However, he did guide the club to the CIS Insurance Cup final last month after defeating both halves of the Old Firm as they progressed, although Hibs were beaten 2-0 in the final by Livingston

"It's been very difficult," the 42-year-old Glaswegian said. "The press north of the border have been pestering me to find out what's happening, but I'm a great believer in not saying anything until everything's completed.

"It was a big decision to leave Hibernian, but this is a club which is moving forward - Paul Sturrock, John Blackley and Kevin Summerfield have done a tremendous job and we are on the verge of promotion.

"I've been keeping an eye on things down here and been very envious of what Paul's been achieving, and I'm delighted to be here."