Challenge is exciting for Nancekivell
THE START of the new football season cannot come soon enough for Plymouth Argyle coach Kevin Nancekivell (above).
He is optimistic about the Pilgrims' prospects for 2012/13, but knows 'one or two areas' of the squad need to be improved.
Argyle's players will start pre-season training next Wednesday after a two-month summer break.
Their first competitive game will be against Portsmouth in the Capital One Cup at Home Park on August 14.
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Nancekivell was appointed as first team coach by manager Carl Fletcher last November, having previously worked within the club's youth set-up.
Fletcher led the Pilgrims to Football League survival, aided by Nancekivell and assistant boss Romain Larrieu.
Now the trio, who signed one-year rolling contracts in May, are setting their sights higher up the League Two table for next season.
Nancekivell told Herald Sport: "We are all the same. We are excited and can't wait to get going.
"Hopefully, we can improve on what we started to do last season. The foundations were put in place.
"We have got a massive opportunity at a fantastic club and we intend to grab it with both hands and make the best of it."
Argyle already have a sizeable squad in place so only fine tuning, rather than a radical overhaul, is required between now and the start of the season.
Nancekivell said: "There are going to be 22-plus players training on July 4, which is fantastic.
"There is no panic. We have given ourselves the opportunity now to bring in the right people to improve a squad that from Christmas onwards last season was more than competitive in League Two.
"If we can just improve it in one or two areas then we will all be happy."
PLYMOUTH Argyle Supporters' Club will hold their annual general meeting in the boardroom at Home Park on Thursday, July 12 (7.30pm).
New members will be welcome and can sign up on the night.