Carl Fletcher has 'final say' on Plymouth Argyle coach

Carl Fletcher
Fletcher will not have an extra coach in the dug-out for the visit of Crawley

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher says he will have the final say on who will be appointed as a coaching mentor.

The club are still looking for an experienced coach to support managerial novice Fletcher after 'announcing they would appoint someone last week.

Former Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll, who had been tipped to take the role, moved to Nottingham Forest on Thursday.

"The final decision is down to me so it's got to be someone I'm comfortable with and someone I want," he said.

O'Driscoll coached Fletcher when the Argyle was coming through the ranks at AFC Bournemouth and was at Home Park for the win over Burton last week after advising Fletcher before Christmas.

"It's a big decision because it's going to be someone who's going to be around the place.

"It has to be the right one because if you make the wrong one, it's the same as signing players, it can upset all the hard work you've put in to do things the right way in the first place," Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon.

A number of coaches have expressed an interest in the role which Argyle owner James Brent had hoped would be filled in time for the visit of Crawley Town on Saturday.

"Circumstances have dictated that the search for the right man to mentor and advise Carl Fletcher is taking a little longer than first envisaged," Brent said in a statement.

"The Argyle board remains wholly committed to fulfilling the manager's request to appoint such a person as he continues to develop his team and deliver success on the pitch.

"Carl himself is enthusiastically involved in the process of identifying the right person for the position, for which there has been lots of interest from potential candidates.

"It is clearly a key role so, while the club's directors are keen to make an appointment as quickly as possible, they are resolved not to rush into a hasty decision."