Peter Ridsdale expects Plymouth Argyle deal to be done next week

Plymouth Argyle acting chairman Peter Ridsdale says he expects the club to be sold to businessman James Brent within the next week.

Brent's Akkeron Group were given the go-ahead by the administrators running Argyle to buy the club last week.

Plymouth have been in administration since March after running into financial difficulties.

"Certainly our eye is on trying to do it [the deal] sometime next week," Ridsdale told BBC South West.

"There's a buzz of anticipation and excitement that hopefully we can see the finishing line.

"People have wanted this day to come for many months now and I think that day is very close.

"We're all working very hard to answer all the questions for the Football League and Professional Footballers' Association to make sure we're in a position to do it as soon as possible," Risdale added.

And the former Leeds United, Barnsley and Cardiff City chairman said the challenge presented to him at Plymouth has been the hardest he has faced in 20 years in football.

"It's by far the toughest challenge," he said.

"I thought Cardiff was a challenge that was very difficult to be successful with but I felt I was very successful there.

"But this club was in administration and had no cash, therefore it relied on the community and the players and staff to pull together and accept going through the most difficult times in any football club's history."

"If I'm here to hand over the keys to the door to James Brent when he walks in I'll see it as job well done and I'll be very proud to have played a very small part, because really it was the community and the staff and players that carried us through."

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