Plymouth Argyle director of football 'a permanent post'
COLIN SEXSTONE insisted the new director of football role at Plymouth Argyle will be a permanent post – no matter who the Home Park manager happens to be.
Argyle's newest boardroom member Sexstone reiterated the club's mantra that boss Carl Fletcher's position would not be undermined by bringing in a football brain with experience managing at League Two or a higher level.
Axing Fletcher as manager, despite Argyle lying 20th in the League Two standings, having picked up one point from a possible 21, is not 'an option for us', said Sexstone.
Sexstone said Fletcher will be allowed to sit in on the interviews and have his own input into the qualities of candidates.
But the former Bristol City chairman and chief executive insisted 'the decision of who is appointed rests with (Argyle owner) James Brent and myself'.
Sexstone told Herald Sport the successful candidate would be someone without ambitions of managing a football club again, 'but who would bring a wealth of experience to Plymouth and help the manager'.
However, Sexstone said the director of football 'will have no influence on team selection or tactics'. Those decisions 'would be the coach's alone'.
Nevertheless, Sexstone admitted should a change of manager be deemed necessary, then the director of football would be asked to take over team affairs, 'but only on a short-term basis'.
The 64-year-old is confident the newly-created post would become the footballing norm in future years, even for teams at a lower league level.
The Pilgrims have used the director of football role recently with former Norwich City manager John Deehan coming to Home Park for three months at the end of last season.
Sexstone said he did not know the extent of Deehan's remit but insisted the new man would have a specific role concerning 'budgets, contracts and the like'.
Argyle, he said, are keen to appoint a director of football as quickly as possible, but will not be rushed into making a decision.
They will wait until the right candidate comes along.
Sexstone told Herald Sport: "The board are excited about the prospect of appointing a director of football and see it as the way ahead for clubs like Argyle.
"We've been at pains to point out that the role will not affect Carl's position as manager. It will strengthen it.
"But the post is here to stay and will be a permanent one at the club."
Sexstone added: "We want someone who has managed at this level but who has no ambitions to manage again.
"The successful applicant will have no influence on team selection or tactics. That will be the coach's decision alone – in the present case, Carl's.
"We believe in Carl – Argyle have an outstanding young manager and we are doing all we can to help him develop into a successful one, too.
"But as a young manager, naturally, he lacks experience so we want to bring on board someone who has the necessary background and years in the game to help him.
"Carl will be fully involved in the selection process and can sit in on the interview and give us his views about the applicant.
"But he Fletcher will not have the final say on who is appointed. That will be James Brent's or my decision alone.
"A director of football is the way forward, I'm certain of that, although it shouldn't be seen as a threat to the manager, whoever that is.
"But if it was felt a change of manager would be beneficial to the club, then the director of football would take over.
"But only on a caretaker basis until such time as a new manager is appointed."