Could it be time for Argyle's Adams to walk away?
Turmoil on the pitch and discontent off it, things are looking particularly bleak at Plymouth Argyle right now. Derek Adams might have been one of the most secure managers in League One at the start of the season but the Plymouth boss is looking in an increasingly precarious position after 14 league games. Currently bottom of the table with just one win to their name this season, the Pilgrims are in danger of losing touch with the rest of the league before we've even reached Christmas. And if things weren't tough enough for Adams at the moment, the Plymouth boss has now started to fall out with a section of the Plymouth fan base.
From bad luck to injuries, sendings off to questionable penalties, Adams has pointed to a number of factors to explain why his side have won just once in 20 league outings. Scrolling through the free bets available to view at Oddschecker, it's clear a range of bookies are highlighting the club's current predicament with their odds, pegging them as a 2/5 betting favourite to be relegated this season. Perhaps a positive for those taking advantage of free bet promotions to consider, but not at all promising for the team. Or for Adams.
Much of the club's issues started in the summer. Adams' side has suffered greatly from the loss of Toumani Diagouraga, Sonny Bradley and Oscar Threlkeld and a lack of recruitment certainly hasn't helped to replace them. While Adams tried his best to fill the gaps, he wasn't given the funds to fill them with those players he really wanted. Instead, new arrivals have struggled to gel quickly and they've found themselves being targeted by a section of the fans.
With the club set to welcome Simon Hallett as their new chairman, as James Brent steps down from the role, the new decision makers may feel change is needed in terms of the team's management. That decision will be made much easier if the fans make it clear they've lost faith in the current man - something that appeared to be the case after the defeat to Burton Albion.
Not just the team manager, Adams is also the head of football operations at the club and signed a five-year contract as recently as May. But if the new chairman feels a change is needed, Adams' time as manager could be coming to an end. For the team, anything other than a drastic and immediate upturn in fortunes will see them all but resigned to relegation by the time the season reaches its halfway stage.