Pilgrim’s Regress, Part Two: Five Minutes With Sparks

What better way to continue a mini-series of articles on Plymouth Argyle than to miss a deadline. Today’s words of distinctly finite wisdom from the South-West were actually spoken four days ago and published the day before the day before yesterday. So I’m late already. It must be too much exposure to the Pilgrims’ takeover trauma. Plymouth Argyle’s lead administrator Brendan Guilfoyle of the P&A Partnership has never shied away from his publicity responsibilities (and that doesn’t always mean self-publicity). He has often been the antithesis of the “whatever you say, say nothing” school of shifty football financiers (list too long to reproduce here), which caused some consternation when he revealed to supporters in June that lawyers told him to lie about Kevin Heaney’s involvement. And BBC Radio Devon’s Gordon Sparks, a journalist popularly renowned for his staunch support of Argyle, has never shied away from asking the sort of questions of Guilfoyle that frustrated Pilgrims’ fans among his listeners have likely been shouting at the radio. He also seldom shies away from sharing their incredulity at the answers. Wednesday’s interview was headlined “Brendan Guilfoyle says takeover deal is close”, the latest in a series of interviews which included one on June 22nd headlined “Plymouth close to sale – Guilfoyle,” – a sadly all-too-accurate barometer of the progress the Pilgrims’ administrator has made over the last two months or...

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