Bolasie urges Reid stay

Winger feels Pilgrims can challenge for promotion next season

Bolasie: Hoping Peter Reid will still be manager of Plymouth Argyle next season

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Plymouth Argyle's highly-rated winger Yannick Bolasie has urged the club's board to back manager Peter Reid for next season.

The Pilgrims suffered a second consecutive relegation on Monday after a 3-1 defeat to Southampton condemned them to League Two, with the club's 10-point penalty in February giving them too much to do to beat the drop.

With the club currently in the process of a takeover, Reid is unsure of his future, but Bolasie insists the former Sunderland boss has the full backing of the players to turn Plymouth's fortunes around next season.

"I think that the manager has done a great job with us and has been a real idol to the players because he has been through everything that we are doing as a player himself," Bolasie told skysports.com.

Massive influence

"He gives us a lot of belief and he has been a massive influence in us bouncing back from the 10-point deduction because that sort of penalty can finish clubs off, but we gave it a good go.

"It has been a rollercoaster of a year and we've just got to keep our head up and rebuild for next year, with the gaffer still at the helm hopefully.

"Two relegations on the bounce is never good for any club, but hopefully we can bounce back next season and come back stronger than we have been.

"I've seen sides promoted twice in the last few years on our pitch (Southampton this season and Newcastle the year before), so hopefully that passion will rub off on us and we can do the same ourselves next season.

"There has been a lot of pride restored because what has happened this season has made all the players, fans and club come together more, so that can only bode well for next season and the future."