Reid in the frame for Argyle post

Alan Nixon
Wednesday 10 March 2004 01:00

Plymouth Argyle are set to make a move for a tried and trusted manager to help continue their push for promotion with Peter Reid, Trevor Francis and John Gregory in the frame.

The trio are out of work and working as television pundits but are keen to get back into the game. The Plymouth chairman, Paul Stapleton, is considering bringing one of them in to oversee the coaching staff and take over from Paul Sturrock - who joined Southampton last week - for the rest of the season.

Many of the main candidates for the permanent post are in work and would want to bring in their own people. With that in mind, Stapleton wants to make a stop-gap appointment to minimise the possible disruption as the Second Division leaders look for promotion.

However, if Reid, Francis or Gregory impresses the possibility remains that they may be appointed full-time.

Reid answered a similar call from Leeds United a year ago and took them to safety until he was sacked after their dreadful start to this season. Francis has had his longest spell out of management since leaving Crystal Palace and as a home-town boy would also have extra appeal for Plymouth. Gregory has been out of the game for longer after a brief spell at Derby County ended with one relegation and a dive towards the bottom half of the First Division.

Sturrock, meanwhile, has thanked his predecessor, Gordon Strachan, for his invaluable advice regarding his new job as Southampton manager. Sturrock visited his fellow Scot for an in-depth talk about the new job and the players.

"I have talked to Gordon and he has marked my card on certain things," Sturrock said. "Gordon was great. I went back to his house and had a chat about a few things and he marked my card on the players and the style and what the content of the training was. It was very fruitful. It was a benefit and definitely something that I needed to do."

Sturrock had his first full day with the players on Monday and is unlikely to make wholesale changes for this weekend's match against Liverpool.

"They have a good work ethic which is important. I like my players to train as they play. I don't want to disrupt too much too early. I really want to look in quite a lot at the beginning just to see the content."

Meanwhile, Oldham are expected to name their new manager at a Boundary Park press conference today.

John Sheridan has taken charge of team affairs in recent weeks with David Eyres acting as his assistant following the former manager Iain Dowie's departure.

The Latics' new owners have not rushed into their new appointment and recently granted Sheridan and Eyres a five-match extension.

However, Brian Talbot has now emerged as favourite for the post after he left Rushden & Diamonds by mutual consent on Monday. The former Arsenal midfielder spent seven years at Nene Park and during that time lifted the club from the Nationwide Conference into the Second Division.

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