For every hierarchy working within football, it is hard to run a football club while trying to keep everybody happy, whether that be on or off the pitch.
Things will be no different at Home Park, the home of Plymouth Argyle, as the Pilgrims have suffered relegation from League One and had to change managers halfway through the calendar year as they attempt to get back up to the third tier.
While the club is fairly well run off the pitch, questions would still be asked by supporters in regards to the mistakes that the club has made over 2019, and here are three errors that Plymouth have made in 2019…
Re-signing Oscar Threlkeld
The versatile Threlkeld returned to Plymouth in January from Belgium club Waasland-Beveren for a loan fee on a six-month contract, before being released by his parent club.
He made 12 appearances during his time back at Home Park, scoring one goal, as he started seven times during his few months back in England.
Plymouth may have realised after the season that they could have used their money on another player, including wages, who would have been around long-term to try and keep a continuity effect with the squad at Home Park, with relegation staring them in the face.
Signing Threlkeld may have got the supporters on side, however it also came at a cost of having to spend money on a player who was only going to be sticking around for less than a year.
There would have been other versatile players available for the same price and could have been available for the same price, but Plymouth opted for the ‘tried and tested’ approach.
Not backing Adams more in January
Former manager Derek Adams left his role at Plymouth upon relegation in April, but the board didn’t back him enough during the January transfer window to try and get more high-quality players in to prevent relegation.
Adams has proven before that he is a manager that is more than capable of getting the best out of the squad at his disposal, but he would have needed the right backing to help turn Plymouth’s season around and pull them away from a relegation scrap.
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If Adams had been given some more budget to play with, then he could have signed one or two more players who could have made more of a difference at Home Park during the second half of the campaign.
None of the trio failed to make any real impact upon the fortunes of Plymouth, and all three departed the club at the end of the season.
Letting Carey go for free
Graham Carey has comfortably been one of Plymouth’s best players across the past three seasons, and the Pilgrims failed to get their midfield talisman to agree a new contract with the club upon relegation.
Carey is a League One-standard player and if the Pilgrims had to offload him, they could have tried even more for him to sign a new contract before selling him on for a reasonable price.
Time and again, Carey helped pull Plymouth out of trouble as well as sparkling with some magic moments during games as he showed his quality every time he stepped on to the pitch.
If Plymouth had managed to keep the attacking midfielder around, then him and Danny Mayor would have been an incredible double act working alongside eachother in League Two.
He has since ended up at Bulgarian top flight club CSKA Sofia, and has made 21 appearances for them so far this season.