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Day: October 14, 2011

Yesterday In Plymouth: A Tale Of Morals And Legalities

Yesterday in Plymouth, some people with lots of money demanded more money, some people with much less money were told they were getting no more money, until the people with lots of money got more money. This was morally indefensible. Doubtless, there will be people on hand to claim “it isn’t as simple as that.” And next-to-nothing in Plymouth Argyle’s seven-and-a-bit months in administration has been as simple as that. But on this occasion, I’m not so sure. Argyle’s administrators, the P&A Partnership, are owed money for work undertaken, just like everybody else connected to the club and its parent company’s administration – even Peter Ridsdale, probably. In their six-monthly report to creditors, published on October the thirdrd, they noted that their fees to September the third were £675,756 but that they had ‘only’ been paid £150,000, a little more than a fifth of what they were due – in those terms, not radically different to the situation in which staff find themselves. However, yesterday in Plymouth, P&A stepped back from a stated intention to pay staff and players a small proportion of their October salaries directly out of the gate receipts and supposedly ring-fenced season-ticket monies from last Saturday’s League Two game at Home Park against Accrington Stanley. The game was phenomenally well attended. It was the closest fixture to Argyle’s actual 125th birthday and was a ‘Fans...

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The Rooney Storm In A Tea Cup

It was a display which fell quite firmly into the category of “Typical England”. What should – and can could easily have been – a comfortable win in Montenegro last Friday night ended with a scrambled draw and a red card for Wayne Rooney, leaving the team’s qualification for the finals from a distinctively mediocre group looking just a little more limp than it might otherwise have done. Mission, some might argue, accomplished, but hardly with the swagger that Fabio Capello might have hoped would blow a fresh breeze of confidence through a squad which remains some distance short of being able to compete with the best in Europe. Yesterday came the fall-out. UEFA decreed that Rooney’s kick would cost the player a three match ban, meaning that he will miss the entire group stage of the competition next some. The more pessimistic amongst us might even take that to mean that, given England’s ongoing patchiness and the concentration of talent that we tend to find in the groups at the European Championship finals, that Rooney will now quite possibly miss the whole tournament, since it remains perfectly plausible that they might not get through the group stages of the competition. Even those of a sunnier disposition would have to concede that Capello’s job has become that much more difficult for the loss of a player that has, so...

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