Plymouth Argyle chairman James Brent: I've learned a lesson
JAMES BRENT has admitted he learned a valuable lesson about football after taking the 'difficult' decision to sack Carl Fletcher as manager of Plymouth Argyle.
Fletcher was fired on January 1 after a series of poor results saw the Pilgrims slide into relegation trouble.
Brent stuck by the 32-year-old for longer than many fans would have done before finally calling time on his managerial reign.
The Argyle owner and chairman admired the enthusiasm and energy of Fletcher and the pair formed a good working relationship.
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He acknowledged Fletcher lacked experience as a manager, which was why the club intended appointing a director of football to advise him.
Ultimately, though, Argyle's results were not good enough and Brent thought it was the correct decision to relieve Fletcher of his duties.
He has learned 'the luxury of time' does not apply to the fiercely competitive world of football.
Brent said: "Carl has put his heart and soul into the club and shown great passion, dedication and single-mindedness.
"It was probably the most difficult human relations decision I have taken. When you communicate something like that and the first thing the person says is 'thank you for the opportunity to manage' it's very difficult to deal with.
"I think it was the right decision. The problem with football, as I now understand, is that you have got very short seasons.
"Your ability to see people develop is limited by that season. Whereas in most businesses you can work with people to improve the areas where they have weakness, you just don't have the luxury of time in football."