Peter Reid is adapting to life in npower League 1 after taking over the reins at relegated Plymouth Argyle for what is his first stint in management below Championship level.

The former Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds United and Coventry City boss has taken on the task of guiding the Pilgrims to promotion at the first attempt, a task he admits will be tough but which he is tackling with relish.

Reid, who quit as Assistant Manager of Premier League Stoke City in order to take charge at Home Park, told football-league.co.uk: "Plymouth's a good club with a good tradition, but there's a lot of work to do and I knew that when I came here.

"It's a lot different managing at this level, but when I left Manchester City 16 or 17 years ago I spent a year at Bury with (the then Manager) Stan Ternent, so I have an idea of what it's all about.

"When I was at Stoke last season I also watched a lot of League 1 games, at places like Leeds, Oldham and Tranmere, but this is certainly a new experience for me and I know I have to learn quickly.

"I'm delighted to be here, though. It was a great experience being assistant at Stoke, but I just wanted to manage in my own right again so taking on Plymouth and trying to get them back into the Championship was a challenge I fancied."

Ahead of the Pilgrims' home game against Peterborough United on Saturday it has been a mixed bag of results for Reid's team, whose three League 1 matches to date have yielded a win, a draw and a defeat.

It's a steep learning curve for the new boss, but Reid is always up for a challenge and he is confident that he can shape a team which can have a say in what could be an almighty battle for promotion to the Championship.

"When I arrived at the club," said the 54-year-old ex-England midfielder, "the squad was a little bit lop-sided. So I'm trying to get the balance as right as I can, although it's difficult getting players in and getting players out.

"But working with a bunch of players and trying to win football games is what I've done professionally since I was 15, and I'm still enjoying it. I'm getting to know the players all the time and we've played some decent stuff so far.

"The teams we've come up against to date have been really well-organised, there's been some quality football played and it's obviously going to be a very, very competitive League this season.

"You look at the likes of Southampton, Huddersfield and Peterborough and you know it's going to be hard work to get the club back up in my first season. But that's what we have to aim for - and I believe we've got as good a chance as most."

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