League Two’s bottom club Morecambe have appointed former Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams as their new boss the club have announced.
The forty-four-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at the Globe Arena and replaces long-serving Jim Bentley who recently resigned to manage National League Fylde.
Adams spent nearly four years at Argyle, leading them to the 2016 League Two play-off final before guiding them to automatic promotion a year later. He was sacked with one game to go last season as the Pilgrims headed towards relegation from League One following a disastrous run of five successive defeats, which culminated in a 5-1 capitulation at Accrington.
The previous year Adams managed the Pilgrims to a respectable seventh, and it appears he divides opinion amongst Argyle fans judging by their reaction to his appointment on social media.
Some accuse their former boss of playing negative football and of having an unfortunate ability to lose the dressing room, while others feel Morecambe had pulled off something of a coup in landing a manager with a proven track record. Adams also won two promotions with Ross County in Scotland and guided them to a cup final before he arrived at Home Park.
The Shrimps visit Plymouth next month, and it looks likely Adams will get a mixed reception in Devon.
Here is a selection of Argyle fans responses to the news on Twitter.
Class appointment. Derek is an absolute gentleman and a damn good manager. I'd sooner he was still at Argyle to be honest.
You'll definitely stay up. Top half perhaps? The blokes good.
— Michael Brown (@mickeyjbrown) November 7, 2019
No plan B, one striker, alienates supporters. Good luck
— Mark Watson (@watson37uk) November 7, 2019
Great appointment for you coming from an Argyle fan, gave us a lot of good times, will keep you up for certain
— James Whitehurst (@whitehurst86) November 7, 2019
Good luck with pure defensive football and throwing away games you should be winning
— Plymouth Argyle Roof Appreciation Society (@Dayze_J) November 7, 2019
Brilliant appointment. Will keep you up for sure.
— argyletweets (@argyletweet) November 7, 2019
A good appointment, did well for us just a bit stubborn #pafc
— Captainkdg73 (@Captainkurt73) November 7, 2019
But got us relegated, and wakes out the door with one game to go
— All Argyle (@AllArgyle) November 7, 2019
Will bore the absolute living shite out of you but is a good manager at L2 level. He can get cocky though and will rust up after 2/3 seasons
— TD (@PAFCTD720) November 7, 2019