2007-08 Season Preview: Plymouth Argyle

Last updated : 05 August 2007 By @blades_mad1889

Team: Plymouth Argyle
Nickname: Pilgrims
Address: Home Park, Plymouth, PL2 3DQ
Official Website: www.pafc.co.uk
Stadium: Home Park
Capacity: 20,922

Last Seasons Finish: 11th
2007-08 Prediction: Mid-Table

Championship Odds (Coral)
Outright: 50/1
Promotion: 16/1
Relegation: 9/2

Did You Know?

On 27 August 1921 Plymouth Argyle won 3-1 at Bristol Rovers. Frank Richardson, making his League debut scored a hat-tick for the Pilgrims. The Green Army finished second that season behind Southampton in the Southern region of the Third Division.

:: Fans View ::

Name: Andy Mackonochie
Website: www.argyle-mad.co.uk

01. What's the best that could happen this season?

Obviously promotion. We wouldn't last long in the Premiership but we would enjoy our year.

02. And the worst?

Relegation. We've now had three seasons back in the Championship and are starting to feel like we are were we belong. Relegation would be an enormous blow after all the progress made in the last few years (have improved our final league position for 4 seasons running) - can't see it happening though!

03. Young player to watch?

Dan Gosling - a young midfielder who forced his way into the side at the backend of last season. Very assured and mature and now playing in the England under 21 side. Chelsea allegedly sniffing around so hope we can hold on to him for a while longer.

04. Most important player?

David Norris - never stops running and gives the energy a team like Argyle needs. Also Lillian Nallis an ex blade I think. A bit long in the tooth now but has been a rock in the middle of our midfield for the last season and a half.

05. Player you would like to get rid of?

We love all our players. However Nick Chadwick and Sylvan Ebanks Blake need to start scoring regularly. Chadwick has been out injured for 6 months but before that had really not scored the goals we need from him. Ebanks Blake shows promise but this season will show whether he really is a goal scorer!

06. Is your manager the right man for the job?

Ian Holloway is absolutely the right man for us. We love him. Since his arrival (replacing Tony Pullis who played crushingly boring football and never stopped whinging about the lack of money available) he has brought energy and optimism to the club. Ollie's approach is just right for a club like Argyle up and at them. Team spirit is excellent and we might lose but we can no longer accuse the team of not trying.

07. What advice would you give him?

keep the momentum going Ollie and don't lose faith in the youngsters.

08. Which team do you most want to beat this season?

I suppose it would have to be Bristol City. This being the nearest we will get to a local derby for a while (despite the fact that Bristol is 150 miles away). I would also like to beat Stoke City due to the Pullis connection!

09. Which opposition player will get the most stick?

Can't think of an obvious target this year. We don't like divers though!

10. Where will you finish?

I might be self deluded but I honestly feel we have a chance of the play offs this year. We have a settled side who work hard for each other. We could really do with one or more of our strikers scoring 15 + goals this year though. Realistically we would probably settle for 7th or 8th at this point.

11. How would you rate Sheffield United and were will they finish?

I'm sorry but not my tip for promotion. Will be right up there but I would give : Charlton, WBA, and maybe Southampton a better chance. I hope for your sake I'm wrong though. I don't think Bryan Robson has yet proved that he is a top manager.