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Plymouth confirm return of the Mariner

Plymouth have confirmed that former England star Paul Mariner is to return to the club as head coach. Mariner, 56, who started his professional playing career at Home Park in 1973, will be officially installed on Friday and will work under current manager Paul Sturrock.

Argyle chairman Sir Roy Gardner said: "Paul Mariner is not only an Argyle legend, but has established himself as a highly-respected and leading coach in American Major League Soccer and internationally, including in Japan.

"He will bring his own style and a wealth of experience to the club, supporting the development of the football side of the club with Paul Sturrock.

"This is an appointment which will cause a tingle to run down the spine of any Pilgrim.

"Paul Mariner represents a past, present and future that is the very essence of what Argyle should be about, a beloved ex-player who knows and understands the Greens and its fans, who has carved out a post-playing career as a respected coach and who now passionately wants to put something back into his former club."



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