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Schumacher leading an unlikely promotion bid with Plymouth


Steven Schumacher knows just how quickly the fortunes of football can change. The Plymouth Argyle boss took charge of his 10th game in management at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in February when just four years earlier he was overseeing Everton's U11s

"We nearly rocked the European and world champions!" Schumacher tells Sky Sports of the League One club's 2-1 defeat after extra-time in the FA Cup fourth round. "We've totally exceeded expectations this year, definitely. Since we played Chelsea we've only conceded five goals."

Plymouth's defensive record has been key to their unlikely promotion bid, having won seven of their last eight league games, keeping clean sheets in all seven victories.

Their form during March earned Schumacher the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month award, his first honour arriving exactly four months into his first management job.

The 37-year-old, the fourth youngest manager in the division, stepped up from his role as assistant when Ryan Lowe left in December for the Championship's Preston North End - and has not looked back.

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