Yesterday In Plymouth: Peter Ridsdale – In Or Out?

Yesterday in Plymouth, shortly before noon, the BBC ‘understood’ that, Peter Ridsdale “is to step down from involvement with Plymouth Argyle.” I smiled. The statement seemed to explain an odd occurrence earlier that morning. A Plymouth article on the BBC website at half-past-nine referenced a Ridsdale interview for today’s BBC ‘Football Focus’ programme in which he said the takeover would be complete by October 10th. By ten o’clock, the reference to Ridsdale had been excised. And the BBC’s noonday ‘understanding’ appeared to explain why. Five hours later, Peter Ridsdale told us what that really meant. I stopped smiling. I should have known better. Even the words “step down from involvement” should have rung alarm bells in my head. If Ridsdale was to leave Argyle, the BBC would have understood that he “is to leave Plymouth Argyle”? His short-ish statement on Argyle’s official website made no mention whatsoever of stepping down from “involvement.” The closest was “I can confirm that my role as ‘Acting Chairman of Plymouth Argyle Football Club’ on behalf of the Administrator will finish on the completion of James Brent’s takeover.” Well, yes. That is a remarkable statement in that it has Ridsdale’s name attached to it and it is…true; but only because every role at “Plymouth Argyle Football Club on behalf of the Administrator” will “finish on the completion of James Brent’s takeover.” Even if the...

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