Yesterday In Plymouth: Heaney’s ‘Last’ Hurrah?

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  1. Charlie says:

    I think the third-to-last paragraph is a tad harsh on the Football League. What else would you want them to say? They can’t assess a takeover proposal if no proposal has been made. There are plenty of pertinent criticisms of the League without throwing in extra ones that they can’t control.

  2. Mark Murphy says:

    You’re right. I am being harsh. But I’m not sure I’m being unfair. I wanted them to say whether Heaney’s dual interests in Argyle and Truro constituted dual interests in terms of their rule book…and whether they could accept Ridsdale as a football club owner in the light of his up-coming court case.
    All the required “information” to take those decisions is “available.”
    And not only was Heaney/BIL’s takeover proposal – in its current form – made in July but it was assessed on August 12th and Heaney/BIL were given until Thursday to address the league’s concerns…or their proposal would be rejected.
    People are going unpaid – people who cannot afford to be unpaid. This is real life, not just some technical argument. Take a ******* decision.

  3. Wotton is God says:

    Superb article, shows however grim things are it is often possible to see a funny side. At least we seem to be breaking the logjam that’s been unnecessarily going on for weeks now.
    I do agree with Charlie, the League couldn’t really say much else other than make the statement they did, so perhaps a tad harsh on them (but in the interests of humour, I guess).

  4. Jertzee says:

    Until now, I had no idea what a toothcomb actually was.

    It is is an anatomical structure found in strepsirrhine primates, which includes lemurs, lorises and galagos. A toothcomb consists of long, flat forward-angled teeth

  5. Bath City fan says:

    It is, in fact, not a fine toothcomb, but a fine-tooth(ed) comb, ie a comb with fine teeth.

  6. Mark Murphy says:

    Thanks for the corrections on combs – not my specialist topic, should have done more research.
    Also missed a couple more Heaney gems – criticising the administrators for trying to get a higher bid at the “11th hour.” 94th hour, more like. And he also said, apparently out loud, that “the danger is my consortium walk away because they’re tired of being messed around.” His he completely lacking in self-awareness, or taking the p*ss? Or both?

  7. Nigel L says:

    I’d imagine the Football Conference will also be taking a close interest in the Argyle saga, due to Heaney’s involvement at Truro City. It would be surprising if they and the Football League are not in dialogue. From the Conference perspective, they would have concerns about Truro’s ability to continue competing in a semi-national division if Heaney’s funding dries up.

  8. jabba the gut ecfc says:

    But the issues of dual-ownership and Ridsdale’s Court Case aren’t the only issues are they? I thought they had to consider the long-term viability of the BIL bid and other financial issues, such as negotiations with football creditors.

    It may be that they couldn’t reach agreement that the viability of the proposal was clear-cut – they are a committee after all. Given the possible consequences of witholding the Golden Share they mihgt have preferred to ask for further clarification, if they had reason to believe that course of action might be successful.

    Incidentally, it’s also a bit harsh to decsribe “Golden Share” as a pompous phrase. A Golden share is a fairly common device founders of companies and Governments use in order to have some say in takeovers – the Football League are not unique in this regard. The Football League share even has income associated with it – accruals of income from various sources and so on.

    Great article otherwise though. I wonder if any of you are investigating Brent’s historical links with Ridsdale in light of his insistence on keeping him at Argyle if he buys the club?

    He may be the messiah he’s painted as, but you Argyle fans should know better than anyone the dangers of taking the words of businessmen on trust.

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