Derek Adams says Plymouth Argyle will be a 'terrific journey'

Derek Adams
Derek Adams says he is yet to decide who will make up his coaching staff

Newly-appointed Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams has said he is expecting a "terrific journey" with the club.

The former Ross County boss has signed a two-year deal with the League Two side to replace John Sheridan.

"I've been watching English football for a number of years," 39-year-old Adams told BBC Radio Devon.

"It had to be the right club for me and I feel this is the right club. I want to get this club back to where it believes it belongs."

The Pilgrims finished seventh in the fourth tier last season and lost to Wycombe in the play-off semi finals, with Sheridan leaving two weeks later.

Adams took Ross County into the Scottish Premiership for the first time in their history and they also reached the 2010 Scottish Cup final during his spell in charge.

And he is looking for further success, having made the move to England's south west.

Derek Adams (left)
Adams (left) spent the majority of his playing career with SPL side Motherwell

"We're trying to get promotion. That's my main focus and that's the achievement that the club wants. I'm going to be enthusiastic and hard-working," he said.

"We want players who are going to be creative and work hard. A style of football that will please the fans - to have players that are scoring goals.

"I think it's a competitive league and my next step is to push on."

Adams is the second manager that Plymouth chairman James Brent has appointed since he saved the club from administration in 2011.

There were around 100 applicants for the job, which was whittled down to six for the interviewing process.

"We had some pretty exceptional candidates who were keen to come and manage. Derek was the unanimous choice of the board," added Brent.

"It was probably a combination of his innate skills and characteristics, combined with the fact that he'd been there and done it, and he'd done it over a short period of time.

"If one was to look at a five-year plan, if we're not back in the Championship in five years it is difficult to suggest that we've been successful in what we've aspired to do."