Plymouth Argyle will play more attractive football – James Brent
PLYMOUTH Argyle chairman James Brent has voiced his belief that the Pilgrims will play more attractive football next season.
Argyle played it cautiously as they successfully racked up enough points to stay in the Football League last season.
More important to the side and manager Carl Fletcher was survival, rather than entertainment for the club's supporters.
But Brent (above), who paid tribute to Argyle's fans for sticking with them despite the team's backs to the wall style of football, wants to see more flair when the Pilgrims start their League Two campaign in August.
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Brent, who effectively saved Argyle from going under last year after taking the club over, said: "The team defied the odds to avoid relegation last season.
"The team played an ugly type of football that I take total responsibility for.
"The three main objectives were to keep us out of the Conference, keep us out of the Conference and keep us out of the Conference."
Brent said, however, that manager Carl Fletcher preferred to play a more expansive style of football.
He said Argyle were ahead of some other clubs with the number of players they have already signed before pre-season begins.
He said: "Anyone who knows him will tell you Carl likes watching attractive football and he likes playing attractive football – his natural game is to play attractively.
"We need to focus on this season (rather than last year's survival battle) – I wouldn't like the pressure we had last season.
"I have no doubt we will be playing more attractive football next season.
"I think the fans have been massively supportive over the type of football we played.
"But we will be starting with a full pre-season and Carl should be, with the help of that, providing enjoyable football."
Brent, who met up with other club chairman at a meeting of the Football League in the Algarve last week, said he believed the team were in a strong position going into the 2012/13 season.
He said: "I was speaking to chairman of other clubs last weekend and I think we are well advanced in terms of our squad.
"We have retained 14 senior members of the first team and elevated five of the youngsters, so we have got a good core already.
"It's a great start – the team spirit during last season was really quite special.
"It was built from the situation the club was in and built up out of adversity.
"We are filling in the gaps in the squad and hopefully we can have a good team."
PLYMOUTH Argyle will play League One club Preston North End in pre-season at Home Park on Wednesday, August 8 (7.45pm).
Former Argyle chairman of football operations Peter Ridsdale is Preston chairman.