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Plymouth close to appointing a new head coach with interviews taking place

Plymouth Argyle are close to appointing a new head coach with interviews taking place this week and Paul Heckingbottom is the favourite.

John Percy tweeted: “Plymouth Argyle are close to appointing a new head coach.

“Former #sufc manager Paul Heckingbottom set to be interviewed this week and is one of several options under consideration.

“Argyle keen to appoint a new manager with experience of the leagues #pafc”

Argyle have been actively searching for a new manager after securing their place in the Championship for the upcoming season with the help of director of football Neil Dewsnip.

Despite showing interest in former Hull City manager Liam Rosenior, he declined an offer from Home Park. Reports suggest that Plymouth is close to finalising the appointment of a new manager.

Heckingbottom received praise for guiding Sheffield United to the Premier League last season, but was dismissed earlier this season as the team struggled in the top flight.

Despite this setback, his reputation remains strong, particularly in the Championship.

Heckingbottom is eager to make a comeback to the touchline, and now he’s preparing for an interview, and should he get the job, he will face Sheffield United in the second tier next season.

Last week, he appeared on talkSPORT, where he spoke about his career, have a look below…


BetVictor – 20th May
Paul Heckingbottom – 1/2
Anthony Barry – 4/1
Paul Cook – 6/1
Eirik Horneland – 12/1
Will Still – 12/1

Sky Bet – 20th May
Paul Heckingbottom – 1/1
Will Still – 6/1
Anthony Barry – 7/1
Scott Parker – 7/1


Youth career
1993–1995 – Manchester United

Senior career
1995–1999 – Sunderland
1997–1998 → Scarborough (loan) – 30 games (0 goals)
1998–1999 → Hartlepool United (loan) – 5 games (1 goal)
1999 → Darlington (loan) – 10 games (0 goals)
1999–2002 – Darlington – 135 games (6 goals)
2002–2003 – Norwich City – 16 games (0 goals)
2003–2004 – Bradford City – 45 games (0 goals)
2004–2006 – Sheffield Wednesday – 47 games (6 goals)
2006–2008 – Barnsley – 53 games (1 goal)
2007–2009 – Bradford City – 59 games (0 goals)
2009–2010 – Mansfield Town – 15 games (1 goal)
2010 → Gateshead (loan) – 15 games (0 goals)
2010–2011 – Gateshead – 22 games (0 goals)
2011–2012 – Harrogate Town

Managerial career
Barnsley (caretaker) – 12 Feb 2015 until 25 Feb 2015 – 3 games, 2 wins, 0 draws, 1 defeat, 6͟6͟.͟6͟7͟ ͟w͟i͟n͟ ͟%͟
Barnsley – 6 Feb 2016 until 6 Feb 2018 – 105 games, 37 wins, 28 draws, 40 defeats, 3͟5͟.͟2͟4͟ ͟w͟i͟n͟ ͟%͟
Leeds United – 6 Feb 2018 until 1 Jun 2018 – 16 games, 4 wins, 4 draws, 8 defeats, 2͟5͟.͟0͟0͟ ͟w͟i͟n͟ ͟%͟
Hibernian – 13 Feb 2019 until 4 Nov 2019 – 32 games, 11 wins, 12 draws, 9 defeats, 3͟4͟.͟3͟8͟ ͟w͟i͟n͟ ͟%͟
Sheffield United (interim) – 13 Mar 2021 until 27 May 2021 – 11 games, 3 wins, 0 draws, 8 defeats, 2͟7͟.͟2͟7͟ ͟w͟i͟n͟ ͟%͟
Sheffield United – 25 Nov 2021 until 5 Dec 2023 – 98 games, 49 wins, 18 draws, 31 defeats, 5͟0͟.͟0͟0͟ ͟w͟i͟n͟ ͟%͟
Total – 265 games, 106 wins, 62 draws, 97 defeats, 4͟0͟.͟0͟0͟ ͟w͟i͟n͟ ͟%͟


Sheffield Wednesday
Football League One play-offs: 2005

Football League One play-offs: 2006

Football League One play-offs: 2016
Football League Trophy: 2015–16

Sheffield United
EFL Championship runner-up: 2022–23

EFL Championship Manager of the Month: August 2022, September 2022, April 2023
League One Manager of the Month: March 2016

This is how fans reacted with Plymouth are reportedly close to appointing a new head coach with interviews taking place…

@MichaelJ5_: That’s a solid appointment. Fair play

@zakbrownz: Take that!

@marktheram7: By gum, does he know how far south it is !

@scouse_PepG: Fair play to Plymouth if they get this done

@AllThingsBlades: Phenomenal appointment from Plymouth if they pull it off …

@Joelbirmz12: Great appointment

@argyletweet: Not 100% sold on Heckingbottom – a real motivator, but not tactically impressive. What does interest me is that we’re going down the route of championship experience over looking further afield. A pretty solid appointment nonetheless, we can pretty happy with that. Sorry if this sounds like a moan too. It really isn’t, I’m just not completely sold by Hecky. #pafc

@Mark_S66: I’m with you and not convinced. His stats werent great in this league and overall style wasnt what we want but hey if it is him lets see

@CarlBarnard15: Can’t argue with that appointment. Good experience at this level. We need stability and O think he will give us that. With investment who knows?

@David_Pyne: it makes sense we look for champ experience, considering what happened the last time we looked further afield

@tombdn11: Would absolutely take that. Would still be very surprised if he relocates from Yorkshire. Last sentence is very encouraging tho… #pafc

@tomwils__: I’d take that all day long

@chapperslfc14: Would be happy but would he move down… #pafc

@westlakepafc: Interesting to see who else has been interviewed

@jclear06: That’s Plymouth stoping up next year

@sufcdan12: Plymouth Argyle are delighted to welcome Adam Davies to the club as the first signing made by Paul Heckingbottom. When asked about the signing Paul Heckingbottom said “ Yh Adam’s my mate I like when he follows me around.

@GeorgeDugout: What an appointment that would be.

@ndyk83: I’d be happy with this one #pafc

@KyleGatfield97: Some appointment if we land Heckingbottom 😎

@llortaton: I’ve rowed back on my opinion of Heckingbottom. Completely different calibre to Foster. Been very credible at this level. A manager who got a team promoted form this division is a precious asset. Frankly, would be a bit of a coup for the club, whether ideal or not. #PAFC

@ArgyleLoyall: Warming to the idea of getting Heckingbottom. Crying for someone with that sort of experience especially after the shit show Foster left us in. #PAFC

@kent1_10: Buzzing with Heckingbottom if it happens, exactly what we need! #pafc

@gavin_poulton: That’s a good one for Plymouth if they get it done!

@k_l_k79: So what are we shortening Heckingbottom to then? That’s a bugger to squeeze into a chant #pafc

@cal_gregory: Get ready for loads of injuries and no plan B lads

@PAFCConnor98: I’d be chuffed to bits with that! 💚

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