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League Two: Plymouth appoint former Ross County manager Derek Adams as new boss


Plymouth Argyle have announce the appointment of Derek Adams is the club’s new manager.

The 39 year old moves to the south coast after forging his career in Scotland formerly as a player then as a manager.

He took the reins at Ross County aged just 32, he managed the highland side to the heights of Scottish football, winning two titles in five years and establishing County as a top Premiership side.

In seven years at the Dingwall-based club, he also guided the Staggies to their first ever Scottish FA Cup final appearance and two Scottish Challenge Cup finals.

He took the County manager’s job in October 2007 and won the Scottish Second Division in his debut season in the dugout.

He topped that in 2011-12 by taking the Staggies into the top flight for their first time in their history, winning the First Division 24 points ahead of second-placed Dundee. The title was sewn up five games before the end of the season on the back of a 34-game unbeaten run, securing Derek the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award.

The following season, he earned a second successive Manager of the Year nomination after guiding County to fifth place in their debut Premiership season, just one point away from Europe qualification.  In 2013-14, he secured a seventh place for County, from who he parted company last season.

In between his two title triumphs, Derek also took the Staggies to their first ever Scottish FA Cup final appearance, in 2010, beating Premiership sides Hibernian and Celtic on their way to Hampden Park, and a Scottish Challenge Cup final victory the following season. 

He will take over at Plymouth from John Sheridan, who left by mutual consent at the end of the season, having guided the club to the League Two play-offs, where they were beaten by Wycombe in the semi-finals.

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