On The Subject Of Deadlines… A Big Week For Wrexham & Plymouth Argyle

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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    This may be a daft question, are Plymouth still in administration? If they are, how come (i) they were allowed to start the season and (ii) why have they not suffered any points deduction?

    I genuinely don’t want to see them put upon, but compared to the League’s treatment of the likes of Bournemouth, Luton and Rotherham, it would appear that they’re getting away lightly.

  2. Tim says:

    Dermot, in answer to your questions and to the best of my knowledge. i) The club can operate in administration so long as it can cover it’s day-to-day running costs. The Argyle players and staff have deferred pay for about 8 months, maybe longer, thus allowing the club to tick over in compliance with football league rules. They have paid tax bills via the sale of assets and with what measly income they have generated. The pot is now empty and once the Administrators become liable for the clubs wage bill they will pull the plug. ii) They have been deducted 10 points which saw them relegated last season.

  3. Haywain says:

    Did Plymouth have a CVA agreed? If not, there is likely to be a further points deduction when they exit administration.

  4. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    Tim, thanks for the clarification. The league seem to change the rules on an ad hoc basis, as I’m sure that the three clubs I mentioned were told in no uncertain circumstances that it was mandatory for a club to have exited administration prior to the start of the league season to be allowed to play.

    Haywain, now you mention it, I think that was why the three clubs were docked points in the second season.

  5. rjh says:

    Subsequent points deductions will hit Argyle if they start NEXT season in administration. However that is an irrelvance as they don’t have the cash to stay in administration that long. A CVA has been agreed with the ‘preferred bidder’ and I also think with the contingency plan so hopefully that shouldn’t be a problem

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