Plymouth Argyle have confirmed the appointment of Ryan Lowe as the club’s manager, following his departure from Bury.
The move sees Lowe drop back down a division, having only guided Bury to promotion from League Two after a single season in the fourth tier last month. That promotion campaign had been Lowe’s first full season in management, having ended his playing career at Bury in March 2018 to take over as the club’s manager.
While Lowe had been guiding Bury to promotion, Plymouth suffered relegation back to League Two after two years in the third tier, despite a controversial 3-2 victory over Scunthorpe United on a dramatic final day that saw both sides relegated.
Speaking to Plymouth’s official website following his appointment, Lowe said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed Argyle manager and to have been given this opportunity to manage a great football club.
“I cannot wait to get started and to meet the legendary Green Army.”
Argyle chairman Simon Howlett was also full of praise for Lowe following his appointment, as he added: “Ryan was the outstanding candidate from a very strong and impressive list of top-quality managers.
“We welcome him to Home Park, having no doubts that his footballing philosophy and attacking style is perfect for the way our supporters like to see Argyle play.”
The club also confirmed that Steve Schumacher, who was Lowe’s assistant at Bury, will be joining the 40-year-old in making the move to Home Park, as Argyle look to make an immediate return to League One next season.
This is a big appointment for Plymouth.
Having experienced promotion from League Two just last season, Lowe is as well placed as anyone to know just what Argyle will need to get back into the third tier next season.
Even with the ongoing concerns around Bury, you feel this has to be seen as something of a coup for Plymouth, given they have managed to convince Lowe to drop back down a division to take charge at Home Park.