Plymouth Argyle boss Carl Fletcher signs new deal

Carl Fletcher has agreed to stay on as Plymouth Argyle manager until at least the end of the next season.

In September, the 31-year-old stepped up from captain to take over as player-manager after Peter Reid was sacked.

The club have also confirmed that Fletcher's assistant, retired Argyle goalkeeper Romain Larrieu, and coach Kevin Nancekivell are also staying.

All three have agreed to one-year rolling deals, but director of football John Deehan will leave his role.

Initially employed on a caretaker basis, they got the job until the end of the season in November.

Carl Fletcher profile

Carl Fletcher
  • 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
  • November 2011: Gets full-time Argyle manager role
  • April 2012: Leads Plymouth to Football League safety

They led Argyle to Football League safety after the club began the season with two points from their first 12 matches as the club battled administration.

"I'm honoured and really happy to be able to sign a contract," said Fletcher.

"We have tried to lay certain foundations, certain things we want around the club, how we want the club to come across and what we expect from players.

"It's nice to be given the chance to carry that on and keep putting the pride back in the shirt."

Earlier this month, Fletcher said he was unsure whether he would be given the job on a full-time basis while owner James Brent said the Argyle board would review how Fletcher had done before deciding whether to extend his deal.

But Brent has decided to keep faith with the former Welsh international.

"I am delighted that Carl, Ro and Nance have agreed to continue their leadership roles at our club," said Brent.

"In avoiding relegation, they proved to us all that passion, commitment and teamwork can deliver what more experienced pundits thought was impossible.

"After three very challenging years, our club is now riding high. Stability has returned and self-belief is returning."

But Fletcher has decided he will no longer be part of the playing squad as he concentrates solely on running first-team affairs.

As a player, Fletcher won 36 caps for Wales and captained his country on one occasion as well as playing in the 2006 FA Cup final for West Ham.

He initially joined Argyle on loan from Crystal Palace in February 2009 and the deal became permanent that summer.

He has made 107 appearances for the Home Park Club, scoring nine goals, but his last match was Argyle's shock 2-0 FA Cup first round replay loss at Southern League Stourbridge in November.

"Last year, it was a good decision that I made, for the best for the team," he said.

"A lot of people said I needed to play, but I felt that was not right for the whole club and the team."