Ian Foster: Plymouth Argyle boss Foster says calls for him to be sacked are not helping

Ian Foster: Plymouth Argyle boss Foster says calls for him to be sacked are not helping

18 March 2024 0 By Total Football News
Ian Foster
Ian Foster has seen his side win just one of their last 10 games in all comeptitons

Plymouth Argyle head coach Ian Foster says calls from a section of club’s fans for him to be sacked are unfair after the 1-0 loss at home to Preston North End in the Championship.

The Pilgrims lost a fourth successive home game without scoring a goal.

Two of the defeats – to Preston and West Brom – saw Argyle fail to have an effort on target while they had one shot on target in a loss to Leeds.

“I get the frustration, I get it, I do,” Foster told BBC Radio Devon.

“If they want to turn their frustrations onto myself that’s fine. Does it help? Not really. It doesn’t help me, it doesn’t particularly help the players either because we’re all one team.”

The Plymouth job is the former England Under-19s manager’s first role in charge of a club side in England.

He joined Argyle in January after Steven Schumacher left to become Stoke City boss having been Steven Gerrard’s assistant at Saudi Arabian aside Al Ettifaq.

Foster – who guided England to the European under-19 title in 2022 – was unbeaten in his first five games in charge of the Pilgrims.

But since an extra-time loss at home to Leeds in the FA Cup fourth round his side have won one and drawn one of their last nine league games and are now just three points above the relegation places.

“If you look back to January you’re in the running for manager of the month, you’re going to halfway though March and they want you sacked,” he added.

“Is that football? Perhaps it is. Is it fair? I’m not sure it is to be perfectly honest.

“The supporters pay their money and they have every right to voice their opinion, the only way we can turn things around is by winning games of football and I get that.

“One thing I can assure supporters is that we’re desperately trying hard to do that, and you can see that from the players in terms of their attitude and application through the game.

“I’m a football fan myself, I get fans’ frustrations, and there’s not a great deal I can do about it other than turn the results around.”

‘I get their frustrations’

Ashley Phillips and Lino Sousa
England youth players such as Ashley Phillips and Lino Sousa have been brought to the club on loan by Foster

A 2-0 win away at Middlesbrough last month and a 1-1 draw at Blackburn last week showed the sort of football Foster’s side is capable of.

But he says he appreciates the club’s home fans have had little to cheer about recently.

“We know what the job is, the job is to stay in the division, that’s never changed,” Foster added.

“Is it easy? Is it hell. Would it be nice to have the fans’ support? Of course it would, but I appreciate that perhaps the fans haven’t seen the best of my team at Home Park and I get their frustrations and it’s my responsibility to turn that around.

“We’ll be desperately trying our hardest to do that, it’s unfortunate the reaction we got today.

“Myself personally, my family are in the stadium as well so it’s not particularly nice for them to have to hear that, but that’s just the life of a football coach.”

This article was originally posted on https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/68588777