Chief scout leaves as Adams talks bud­get

Ar­gyle man­ager ex­pects to wheel and deal in trans­fer win­dow – but with­out any new funds

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Football Sport - BY JAK BALL & CHRIS ERRINGTON

Ply­mouth Ar­gyle’s chief scout has quit, just over a month be­fore the open­ing of the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Greg Strong was ap­pointed by Derek Adams in 2015, shortly af­ter the Scot took over as man­ager. Rather than move his fam­ily to Ply­mouth, Strong was based at his home in the North West of Eng­land. He acted as Adams’ eyes and ears in the trans­fer mar­ket, and played a big part in a num­ber of sign­ings that the club have made over the last few sea­sons.

A brief state­ment on the club’s web­site read: “Ar­gyle chief scout Greg Strong is to leave the Pil­grims.

“The 43-year-old is quit­ting Home Park to pur­sue other ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties. Ev­ery­one at Ar­gyle thanks Greg for his in­put to the Pil­grims over the past three and half years, and wishes him ev­ery suc­cess in the fu­ture.”

Speak­ing about Strong back in April, Adams said: “Greg watches all the op­po­si­tion games.

“He comes with us on our trips abroad as well, to get an affin­ity with the play­ers.

“Some­times he doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate the bud­get we are work­ing with and I have to knock him back a good num­ber of times. I have to tell him that he has to start be­ing a wee bit re­al­is­tic.”

Whether or not Ar­gyle re­place Strong, Adams does not ex­pect a change to Ar­gyle’s trans­fer pol­icy for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Si­mon Hal­lett be­came the club chair­man at the start of Novem­ber when he took over from James Brent, who had res­cued the club out of ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2011.

Hal­lett, who is also the Pil­grims’ ma­jor­ity owner, has pro­vided the funds for the £6.25mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of Home Park, which in­cludes an ex­panded grand­stand. Adams has largely re­lied on free agents and loan re­cruits when it has come to his sign­ings for Ar­gyle since he was ap­pointed as man­ager in 2015.

De­spite the change of power from Brent to Hal­lett, Adams – who signed a new five-year con­tract in the sum­mer – be- lieves the club will con­tinue to op­er­ate within fi­nan­cial con­straints.

Adams said: “We are not go­ing to be a club that is go­ing to be able to spend money on large trans­fer fees, that’s for sure. We have got a sta­dium to build and that has cost more money than ev­ery­body en­vis- aged, so the money has got to come from some­where.

“We have got to work within the con­straints that we do.

“I think that for the fore­see­able fu­ture we will prob­a­bly work on how we have been work­ing for the last seven years out of ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

Hal­lett is due to visit Ply­mouth for the first time since be­com­ing chair­man next week, and will at­tend three games, start­ing with the FA Cup sec­ond round tie against Ox­ford United at Home Park.

This af­ter­noon, Ar­gyle are at home against Fleet­wood Town.

PPAUK

Greg Strong has quit Ply­mouth Ar­gyle af­ter three years as the club’s chief scout based in the North West

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