Plymouth Argyle sack manager Ian Foster shortly after Bristol City defeat


Ian Foster, the manager of Plymouth Argyle, is pictured during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Plymouth Argyle at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, on February 24, 2024.

Plymouth Argyle sacked head coach Ian Foster just hours after defeat to Bristol City.

Foster was relieved of his duties on Monday night following the Robins’ 1-0 win at Home Park courtesy of Nahki Wells’ second-half header. The loss, Foster’s eighth inside the last 11 games, has left the Pilgrims just one point and one place above the Championship relegation zone.

With six matches of the season remaining, and a crucial relegation encounter against Rotherham United on Saturday, the Plymouth board have acted to remove former England Under-20 coach Foster who took the job in January after serving as Steven Gerrard’s No2 at Al Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.

“Ian was hired through a thorough and extensive recruitment process and his coaching credentials really stood out when making the appointment,” said chairman Simon Hallett. “But we have to balance long-term stability against short-term decisions, and we have given Ian as long as possible to see if results could improve.

“Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case, and we feel now is the right time to make a change to give us the best chance of securing survival.

“The Green Army have been incredible in recent weeks, as ever, and we need you all now to continue that support as we embark on the final weeks of the campaign with Neil and Nance in charge. Together we can achieve what we set out to achieve at the start of the season.”

Foster has lasted just 17 games after his predecessor Steve Schumacher, who led Plymouth to promotion out of League One, served for two years before departing for Stoke City.

The January transfer window was not a kind one for Argyle as they lost playmaker Finn Azaz who was sold by parent club Aston Villa to Middlesbrough, while on-loan midfielder Luke Cundle also followed Schumacher to the bet365 Stadium and full-back Kaine Kesler-Hayden was recalled by Villa.

Plymouth have confirmed that director of football Neil Dewsnip and first-team coach Kevin Nancekivell will take charge of the team for the remainder of the season.

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