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Plymouth Argyle players given individual training plans due to the coronavirus

Plymouth Argyle’s players will not be training at Harper’s Park as usual next week after the EFL suspended the season due to the coronavirus.

There will be no games until Saturday, April 4 at the earliest, but no-one can be sure when action will resume.

In the meantime, Pilgrims’ boss Ryan Lowe has given his players individual training plans for them to follow while they are away from Harper’s Park next week.

The Argyle squad had left yesterday morning for their scheduled away game against Morecambe today.

They had travelled as far as Gloucester Services on the M5 when word came through of the football shutdown.

Argyle chief executive Andrew Parkinson told Plymouth Live: “Ryan is obviously focused on the team and they are off for a week.

“The players will be away for the week. They have got their own personal training plans.”

Some of the Argyle squad will be away from Plymouth, with their families in other parts of the country, while others will remain in the city.

The promotion-chasing Pilgrims are third in League Two with nine games remaining in their season.

Their next four matches have been postponed due to the football shutdown, starting with the planned visit to Morecambe today.

The others are the game away to Leyton Orient on Tuesday, the Devon Derby against Exeter City on March 23 and the fixture at Grimsby Town on March 28.

As it stands, the season could resume on April 4 when Argyle are scheduled to be at home to Forest Green Rovers.

But given the fast-paced developments over the spread of coronavirus in recent days, and the cancellation of sporting events around the world, it is impossible to predict what will happen.

Argyle’s owner and chairman Simon Hallett is based on the east coast of the United States.

All of America’s main sporting events have been called off, such as the NBA basketball season and The Masters golf tournament.

Hallett has been closely following events at Argyle over recent days despite being on the other side of the Atlantic.

Parkinson said: “I’m in constant dialogue with Simon. As you would expect, the statements that we have made are joined up.

“He’s working on a different time zone to us but that hasn’t stopped any dialogue that we have had at all.”

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Two errors that Plymouth football have made in 2019

It is hard for every hierarchy working within football to run a football club while trying to keep everybody happy. Home Park, the home of Plymouth Argyle, is not an exception as the Pilgrims have suffered relegation from League One and had to change managers halfway through the year when they attempt to get back up to the third tier.

Although the club is fairly well run off the pitch, questions are still asked by supporters about the mistakes that the club has made over 2019, and here are two errors that Plymouth have made in 2019…

Not backing Adams more in January

Former manager Derek Adams left his role at Plymouth upon relegation in April, but the board didn’t back him enough during the January transfer window to try and get more high-quality players in to prevent relegation.

Adams has proven before that he is a manager that is more than capable of getting the best out of the squad at his disposal, but he would have needed the right backing to help turn Plymouth’s season around and pull them away from a relegation scrap.

During January, Threlkeld signed on a permanent, with Lloyd Jones coming in on a loan from Luton Town and Paul Anderson was signed on a free in February.

If Adams had been given some more budget to play with, then he could have signed one or two more players who could have made more of a difference at Home Park during the second half of the campaign.

None of the trio failed to make any real impact upon the fortunes of Plymouth, and all three departed the club at the end of the season.

Re-signing Oscar Threlkeld

The versatile Threlkeld returned to Plymouth in January from Belgium club Waasland-Beveren for a loan fee on a six-month contract, before being released by his parent club.

He made 12 appearances during his time back at Home Park, scoring one goal, as he started seven times during his few months back in England.

Plymouth may have realized after the season that they could have used their money on another player, including wages, who would have been around long-term to try and keep a continuity effect with the squad at Home Park, with relegation staring them in the face.

Signing Threlkeld may have got the supporters on side, however it also came at a cost of having to spend money on a player who was only going to be sticking around for less than a year.