Nicely worded and some decent stuff in there - though thoroughly mixed with perspective
. Just a few comments so excuse the selective quoting:
X Isle wrote: The reason for his interest was a noble one, a footballing one. He wants Argyle to survive as a football club so Plymouth and the South-West Peninsula had football league representation. Many misconstrued as 'reluctance' his back-stop position a) he was hoping for a sugar daddy when all we got was a dodgy uncle and b) a reluctant but noble and capable man beats an enthusiastic self interested and incapable one every day.
Look, I want to believe you - and him - I really do. But a man with no track record or interest in football suddenly wants to save PAFC because 'his his interest was a noble one, a footballing one' ? I'm struggling with that I'm afraid.
X Isle wrote: He didn't seek to b*llsh*t us, he was clear we were to be run sell sufficiently (see 1&4).
I'm sure that wasn't Freudian and you mean't 'self'
X Isle wrote: Above all he has a proven through his track record in business ESPECIALLY in the salvage of businesses in administration.
Indeed, and for a businessman this could look like a decent opportunity. With no interest in football (apart from his noble cause
) the thing has great potential. Nothing wrong with that, I just can't buy the nobility thing.
X Isle wrote: He intends to keep Home Park and Plymouth Argyle Football Club together. The myth that sprung up about there being a precondition of sale to PCC is just rubbish. When asked about selling HP to someone for profit he replied that the only people he'd consider selling to in the future was PCC. What was actually a reassuring statement about keeping all facets of the club united was spun into something it wasn't - a desire to sell to PCC. He was hugely maligned by that spin. (see 1&5).
Counting a York City fan as one of my closest friends the separation of club and ground is the thing that irks me the most, so yes I would see this as a huge positive. The story about the sale to PCC isn't really spin - that would mean it was something that was generated by opponents. That isn't my understanding (though I could be wrong).
X Isle wrote: He always represented the best alternative for the fans and most certainly for football as he kept everything together, all available options for future development would remain under him, a mutual benefit from those developments would also remain (not just a foreign ownership property cream off). ).
Ditto above. Whether it's reluctance or a backstop, I think that position was damaging for many. And I still can't shift the doubt over his lack of football interest and his 'noble cause'. All said though, he had the opportunity to be more positive (in public, and through his offer) but didn't. A shame, because on balance I do believe I'd be feeling more comfortable had he done so.