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Plymouth prepare to ring changes

Plymouth Argyle

Keith Todd, one of the new directors at Plymouth Argyle, expects changes at the club before the start of the season.

Todd was part of the foreign-led consortium that gained control of the Pilgrims last week.

And he has promised BBC Spotlight that there are already some big ideas in the pipeline at Home Park.

"There's a buzz about the place," he said. "And you're going to see announcements on a number of topics over the next few weeks."

Todd excited after first week in charge

Todd added: "The reaction from the fans has been tremendous. Ideas have been flooding in, some of which we brought ourselves."

The new board have said that manager Paul Sturrock will soon be receiving more funds for player acquisitions, but Todd was reluctant to reveal exact details.

"The news will be announced as and when there is something to say," he added.

"I've been a fan of the Greens throughout my life. Just like any fan, we're always interested in who's coming and who's going, but that will come out over time.

"Paul's going to have the right amount of money to play with.

"As the new chairman Sir Roy Gardner said, we're intending to incrementally increase the investment in the player budget."

One thing both the new Argyle board and Paul Sturrock agree on is that the squad needs to be dramatically reduced from its current level of over 30 players, which Todd says makes "life very difficult."


Financial stabilisation is another important goal, but Todd still praised the work done by the previous set-up under former chairman Paul Stapleton.

"They've done a quite remarkable job steering through the challenges of the economy and the global recession," he said. "The club's in pretty good shape but there's always room for improvement.

"The five-year plan we announced isn't just a clever PR gimmick. It's real, and we're putting an awful lot of work into a number of areas."

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