Administrator criticises Plymouth Argyle supporters

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Argyle Fans celebrate Plymouth City Council's decision to buy Home Park

The firm which ran Plymouth Argyle while they were in administration says the actions of the club's fans put off a number of potential buyers.

The P&A Partnership made the statement in their notice of end of administration report filed with Companies House.

Businessman James Brent eventually took over the club in October last year.

But his takeover only came about after preferred bidders Bishop International withdrew their interest.

"The Joint Administrators identified several alternative interested parties between August 2011 and October 2011 but all withdrew their interest following a campaign instigated by the fans," the report stated.

Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle threatened to quit in October after saying he and his colleagues had suffered abuse from supporters.

But Plymouth Argyle president Chris Webb, who at the time ran the Plymouth Argyle Fans Trust, refuted the claims.

"Brendan Guilfoyle made the wrong decision in choosing Bishop International as the preferred bidder," Webb told BBC Sport.

"Rather than hold their hands up and say they've got it wrong they wanted excuses and the fans were a convenient excuse."

Webb added that all the fans had done was to campaign for the best person to be given a chance to take over the club.

"If someone was genuine and had the interests of the club at heart and put their money on the table we would have supported them," he added.

"All these things were doing was pushing the club closer and closer to the abyss and we took action to stop that."

As well as detailing the £300,000 that Gibraltar-based consortium Bishop International paid for exclusive rights to buy the club last May, it also shows that the administrators charged time costs of £883,634.70.

To date, the administrators have only received £238,010, but will get a further payment of £112,299 'in due course'.

They will also be paid £100,000 at the end of October 2012 and could get a further payment of £50,000 depending on transfer fees the club receive by the end of the 2013-14 season.

The report also reveals the amount of money the club made from player sales as Argyle tried to keep their heads above water last summer.

for £150,000 while Bristol City

Meanwhile Southampton paid Plymouth £150,000 for youth player Jack Stephens, as well as having a 10% sell-on clause, while fellow youth team player Lloyd Jones was sold to Liverpool for £20,000

Argyle also received £150,000 from Queens Park Rangers after they were promoted to the Premier League, believed to be part of Jamie Mackie's transfer to Loftus Road, while the club also got £30,000 from Brighton after they were promoted to the Championship as part of the deal that took Craig Noone to the club.