All change at Home Park

final whistle delight for Steven Schumacher manager of Plymouth Argyle during the Sky Bet League 1 m

final whistle delight for Steven Schumacher manager of Plymouth Argyle during the Sky Bet League 1 match between Milton Keynes Dons and Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday 8th December 2021, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire - Photo: Dave Rowntree/PPAUK - Credit: Dave Rowntree/PPAUK

Plymouth Argyle wasted little time with an 'in-house' appointment, assistant manager Steven Schumacher, as the successor to just-departed boss Ryan Lowe. 

Former Bradford City and Bury midfielder Schumacher, 37, has been named as the Pilgrims' new manager after Lowe, 43, replaced the sacked Frankie McAvoy at Championship club Preston North End. 

Events at both clubs moved quickly - McAvoy was dismissed on Monday, and 24 hours later Lowe moved to Deepdale and Schumacher was installed at Home Park. 

It was only on Sunday, after Argyle's 2-1 Second Round win at Rochdale, that Lowe - he had won promotion during his two-and-a-half years at Plymouth - had been relishing the prospect of a Third Round tie against a big club. 

It turned out to be Championship side Birmingham City away. The Pilgrims earned a decent draw at MK Dons in the first game of the Schumacher era on Wednesday night. 

It is not yet clear how the two appointments will affect other staff moves. 

Lowe has already unveiled former Liverpool, Huddersfield and Swansea coach Mike Marsh as his new No.2 at Preston, and Plymouth are believed to be keen to minimise disruption as they try to maintain a strong start to the season.