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Plymouth Argyle staff demand boardroom action on crisis


Plymouth staff call for solution to cash crisis

Plymouth Argyle's staff have released a statement calling on the club's board to find a solution to the financial crisis engulfing Home Park.

The board meet on Friday to discuss options for the club's future, with administration looking likely.

The statement read: "We urge all directors to put aside any personal interests and act only in the best interests of Plymouth Argyle.

"We call for the board to reach a clear, concise and workable solution."

"We believe that Friday's board meeting is probably the most important in Plymouth Argyle's 124-year history."

The club, whose staff have not been paid since the end of January, issued a 'notice of intention' to appoint an administrator last week, an action seen as the first step on the path towards administration.

The statement continued: "We believe that tough decisions need to be made at the board meeting to secure the club's future.

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"We appreciate that the consequences of such may not be palatable for individual shareholders, as indeed, it might not be for individual members of staff.

"However, what is paramount is the survival and future of Plymouth Argyle.

"We are currently working without pay and with no indication of when we will next be paid because we want the club to survive."

Peter Ridsdale, who has been working as a consultant to Plymouth's board, told BBC Sport that £5m is needed to ensure the club survives until the summer.

Ridsdale stepped down from his role with the club on Tuesday, having become frustrated by both the failure of promised cash to materialise from the club's Japan-based directors Yasuaki Kagami and George Synan , and the emergence of serious rifts amongst the club's four remaining UK-based directors.

The staff statement said: "We remain disappointed that various board members have continued to send out unclear and unhelpful messages about the best way forward for the club.

"We are proud to work for Plymouth Argyle Football Club, a club at the heart of a huge Westcountry community.

"While many are hoping and praying for its future, only six men can directly influence that future.

"To let it die would be indefensible."

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Cash for Argyle comes from Japan
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Ridsdale steps back from Argyle
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Argyle squad get second PFA loan
01 Mar 11 |  Plymouth
Wrathall vows to stay at Argyle
26 Feb 11 |  Plymouth
Plymouth receive 10-point penalty
21 Feb 11 |  Plymouth
Plymouth clear initial tax bill
06 Jan 11 |  Plymouth
Ridsdale gives ultimatum on cash
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