Plymouth Argyle’s win over Dagenham and Redbridge looked like the perfect way for the Pilgrims to progress forward after a run of four defeats in league and cup.
How seven days have changed that view. The financial bubble that has been slowly expanding ever since Plymouth’s relegation from the Championship finally burst as the club were hit by a winding up order, the third one this year, which also meant revelations of players and staff not being paid their wages for the month of November.
Now Argyle must come up with £700,000 in the next week to save themselves from complete meltdown and possible liquidation of the club. Though fans can find some comfort in the words of director George Synan, who owns a 38 per cent share in the club along with Japanese businessman Yasuaki Kagami, who is confident in Plymouth’s survival.
He said: “I’m personally not worried, and at this point in time, we see no reason as to why we can’t work our way out of this problem.”
And, thanks must go to the non-playing staff at Home Park who, after an urgent meeting on Tuesday made this statement:
"The meeting was unanimous in its support of Plymouth Argyle; everyone is, without exception, proud to work for the club and desperately wants it to succeed.
"Therefore, notwithstanding the non-payment of wages and the very real possibility that job-losses could result from the current position, everyone will do everything they can to help the club during this difficult period, until such time that becomes impossible.
"Every member of staff at the meeting expressed a determination to pull together and work as usual to their customary high standards to ensure that Plymouth Argyle carries on as normal."
So it is now up to you, the fans of our great club to pull together and support it in anyway possible. Now is the time to put your opinions of how the finances have been handled aside and fill the seats and attend the games, starting with this Saturday’s game away to MK Dons and then next Saturday’s game at home to our rivals Exeter City.
With the 2018 World Cup bid result today, and a lot resting on the outcome for Plymouth, this is the most important time for our club.
So Green Army, your clubs needs you!
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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