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Day: August 25, 2011

Yesterday In Plymouth, Part… Umm…

Yesterday in Plymouth, Argyle’s lead administrator Brendan Guilfoyle said an incredible thing… no, wait, I know he’s been saying incredible things since the start of Argyle’s spell in administration in March (and some Luton and Crystal Palace fans might be prepared to go further back in history than that). But, even for Guilfoyle, this was incredible – in both the truest and general senses of the word: “If I need to speak to James Brent and the Contingency Group, I will do, but it will be a considerable challenge to deliver their offer. I undertook to talk with the rescue group on Saturday but some of the correspondence with it suggests they don’t understand the situation.” This begged one question: “Whose fault is that?” That begged one answer: Brendan Ambrose Guilfoyle. Now, to re (mad) cap just a little bit. In May, Guilfoyle chose Bishops International Limited (BIL) as “preferred bidder” over local entrepreneur James Brent. This was on the basis of the preparedness to fund the administration and pay £1m for exclusivity in negotiations. Brent said he wouldn’t, unless all other potential bids failed and he was guaranteed that a deal for the club would be done. BIL said they would… but didn’t. BIL, alongside PAFC (125) Limited, the new company formed by prospective football supremo Peter Ridsdale, were allowed to maintain exclusivity for months – and missed financial deadlines –...

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Neil Warnock Summarises The Decline Of The League Cup

Did he mean it, then, or was he merely to trying to cover his embarrassment? Neil Warnock is, of course, what is commonly referred to as a “character”. He can, however, be a walking contradiction at times, and it often feels as if, just as you’re in danger of warming to him, he will say something as if to remind you of why many supporters call him by an anagram if his name which is, well, fairly obscene. Rochdale, who beat his team on Tuesday night, would certainly have cause to feel slighted by comments which crossed a line into the realms of being disrespectful. There is a further irony to Warnock’s comments which may not be lost on the supporters of Queens Park Rangers. It was the League Cup that brought their club its only major trophy for its one hundred and twenty-nine years of existence, and Rangers supporters will need little reminding of that day, or that the manager who masterminded a sensational win against West Bromwich Albion while the club was in the Third Division was Alec Stock. What Stock would make of a game in which securing fourteenth or fifteenth place in the league was more important than having a pop at actually winning a trophy is anybody’s guess. This sort of attitude and the culture in which it is allowed to flourish is one...

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