Steven Schumacher on Plymouth Argyle Behind-the-Scenes Staff New Deputy Director
Steven Schumacher is in talks with someone he hopes will become his deputy manager at Plymouth Argyle.
The new Pilgrims boss has also confirmed that he does not expect any backstage staff at the League One club to leave following Ryan Lowe’s resignation to take charge of Preston North End.
Kevin Nancekivell will continue as the first team coach and Schumacher has spoken enthusiastically about him and their working relationship.
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Schumacher made his comments at a press conference at Home Park on Tuesday afternoon, which was also attended by general manager Andrew Parkinson and soccer director Neil Dewsnip.
Regarding a new deputy manager, Schumacher said: “There are plans to bring someone in. We are currently talking to someone who we hope can come and help us and be part of the team.
“Someone who I think is going to be important for me to develop first of all as a manager and also to help the team to be better.
“Discussions will continue. He can’t wait to come and take a look around and see what the job is all about. I hope he can do that in the next few days and that can be resolved fairly quickly. . “
Nancekivell had a stint as a player with Argyle and held a number of different coaching roles as a club, including two short stints as interim manager.
The 50-year-old continued as a first-team coach when Lowe and Schumacher left Bury for the Pilgrims in the summer of 2019 and Schumacher holds him in high regard.
Schumacher said: “We have spent a lot of time together over the past few years, planning, conducting sessions, reviewing, traveling across the country.
“We also became very good friends with (his wife) Jo and his daughters, so I think that’s important. We have a great relationship.
“Nance is also a very good coach and is extremely important to Plymouth Argyle. I anticipate Nance will be here a lot longer than likely everyone else in this room. He’s Mr. Argyle and we don’t want to lose him.”
Regarding the possibility of new departures of Argyle staff following Lowe’s resignation, Schumacher said: “I don’t anticipate that to happen, no. measure.
“But, at the moment, all of the staff are fully committed to Plymouth Argyle and rightly so, and committed to the new manager and what we are trying to do for the future.”
It was a 48-hour whirlwind for Argyle and Schumacher after Preston made his official approach for Lowe on Sunday, December 5, following the 2-1 FA Cup second round victory at Rochdale.
Two days later, Lowe took over from Preston after paying Argyle what Parkinson described as “contractual” compensation and Schumacher was immediately named his successor.
He has already taken charge of two games, a 1-1 draw with MK Dons last Wednesday and the 2-1 loss to Sunderland on Saturday.
Schumacher said: “I think I’ve learned that I have good people around me. I couldn’t have finished those two games if I didn’t have that.
“Neil and Andrew told me that I had their full support for the MK Dons game so that I could then focus on trying to organize the squad with the rest of the coaching staff, which I think we did.
“Secondly, I learned that the players are behind me because I think in the last two games everyone could see that they gave what they had.
“It’s been a tough week on the road, three games away and against MK Dons and Sunderland, who are two of the best teams in the division.
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“I think the guys stood up against them, had a good result at MK Dons and failed on Saturday after what was a rough start.”
Argyle is sixth in League One after a string of difficult results after a superb 16-game unbeaten streak earlier in the season.
Schumacher’s first game as manager at Home Park will be against Charlton Athletic on Saturday in their last pre-Christmas game.
Regarding his goal for the rest of the season, he said: “To continue to improve. I think everyone knows we have made a good start but we have half a season left.
“We have to take the next game almost like the first game, if you will. There is half a season left, we have to improve as a team.”
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