Plymouth Argyle name Carl Fletcher as interim manager
Plymouth Argyle have named 31-year-old captain Carl Fletcher as their caretaker manager.
The move comes after Peter Reid was sacked as Plymouth boss on Sunday after a run of eight successive defeats which has left the club bottom of League Two.
Veteran goalkeeper Romain Larrieu will be Fletcher's assistant at Argyle, who are still in administration.
"We want to get this dark cloud away from the football club and have a bright future," Fletcher said.
"Everyone who is involved with Argyle wants everyone to do well.
"It's a big change personally, but I've been thinking about management for a few years now.
"As a player you mature and see the game differently and see different things," he added.
He has made 103 appearances for Argyle and has scored eight goals, the latest being the equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury at the start of this season, the only point Argyle have so far got in League Two this term.
Argyle are still in administration with three bidders submitting plans to take over the club.
And former Wales international Fletcher was quick to appreciate that the off-field issues have made life at Home Park tough.
"With everything that's gone on off the field it's been very difficult for everyone involved," he said.
"It's a new challenge now, me and Ro (Romain Larrieu) will try and do things our own way and put in 100% effort.
"For us to achieve anything it's not going to be me and Ro or me, Ro and the players, it's going to be everyone," he added.
Fletcher is suspended for the next three games after being sent off in Saturday's 2-0 loss at Southend.
He began his career at AFC Bournemouth before moving to West Ham, where he played in the 2006 FA Cup final defeat against Liverpool.
He moved to Crystal Palace for £400,000 in July 2006 , and after spending a loan spell at Nottingham Forest, joined Argyle three years later.
- Born 4 July 1980 in Surrey Heath
- August 1997: Becomes a professional at AFC Bournemouth having been an apprentice
- February 1998: Makes professional debut at age 17 in 2-1 loss at Grimsby
- February 2004: Makes Wales debut in 4-0 win over Scotland
- August 2004: Moves to West Ham for £275,000
- May 2006: Plays in FA Cup final loss to Liverpool
- July 2006: Moves to Crystal Palace for £400,000
- May 2008: Captains Wales for the only time against Iceland
- October 2008: Spends a month on loan at Nottingham Forest
- February 2009: Joins Plymouth Argyle on loan
- July 2009: Makes permanent move to Home Park
- August 2009: Retires from international football
- September 2011: Becomes Argyle caretaker manager
"I think we've got a strong belief in ourselves and, having been a footballer for over half my life, you learn a lot, and I've always been thinking about the game," said Fletcher's new number two Larrieu.
"I don't switch off from football very easily, we have plenty of ideas that we've shared and we know the players, so we believe that there is a good crop of lads here," he added.
Acting chairman Peter Ridsdale said that he approached Fletcher soon after he sacked Reid.
"I spoke to Carl an hour after Peter left and asked him if he was free to speak.
"We've been together, Carl and I, for the last four hours, but the first time Carl was aware was not long after I left Peter," he said.
Fletcher called on the Plymouth fans to get behind the club as he and Larrieu look to get them off the football of the League Two table.
"It's a great club and a great community and for everyone involved it's going to take everybody pushing in the right direction.
"Hopefully the takeover is close and then there'll be a brighter future."