Romain Larrieu providing a fresh perspective for Plymouth Argyle
ASSISTANT manager Romain Larrieu is getting 'a different perspective' on Argyle by watching their games from the stands.
Pilgrims boss Carl Fletcher and first team coach Kevin Nancekivell either sit in the dug-out or stand by the side of the pitch.
Larrieu, the former long-serving Argyle goalkeeper, can usually be found in directors' boxes, taking a view of the action from on high.
He stays in close contact with Fletcher and Nancekivell during games by way of mobile phone.
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Fletcher told Herald Sport: "It's just so we get a different perspective on games.
"Sometimes he can see things from a higher position that we can't see down on the side of the pitch.
"It's good for Ro to be up there, with another set of eyes, and we talk to him at half-time and discuss the way to go forward.
"He still phones down (in the first half) if he sees something we need to change straight away.
"In certain situations, such as set pieces, you can see things a lot clearer from up there.
"He can see whether markers are not tight enough or we need to change personnel over to mark someone different."
Larrieu will be watching from the directors' box when Argyle take on Aldershot Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tonight.
The Pilgrims had a bye in the first round of the knockout competition for League One and Two clubs, while Aldershot drew 0-0 away to Exeter City and beat them 4-3 on penalties.
The winners at Home Park tonight will qualify for the last eight of the southern section in the JPT – three stages away from an appearance in the final at Wembley.
Argyle have been hit by injuries, suspension and unavailability for their clash against Aldershot, but Fletcher insisted he was fully focused on the tie.
"We want to win every time we play," he said. "We are only a few games away from a Wembley appearance.
"You see it every season that when teams do well in cup competitions it can translate to their league form and start things rolling."
Aldershot played at Home Park less than two months ago, winning 2-0 on the opening day of the Football League campaign.
So Fletcher has a good idea of the strengths and weaknesses of their squad.
Aldershot have struggled of late and are coming off a 1-0 defeat at home to Chesterfield on Saturday, which leaves them in 23rd position in League Two.
Fletcher said: "We are not sure whether (Aldershot manager) Dean Holdsworth will change it or keep similar to the weekend. We will have to wait and see."
He added: "They have got some good experienced players and are quite a big side as well, which we are going to have to try to compete against.
"From our point of view, it's important we go out there and give a good account of ourselves."