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Re: Peter Ridsdale to be new Chairman of Football Operations

Posted: 18:31 30 Oct 2011
by Chris Dennis
pilgrimmike1 wrote:
Graham Clark wrote: Circumstances ahve dicated that I have been closer to Peter Ridsdale during this extraordinary perion in the club's history than most. For much of that time he challenged my thoughts as to what is right and proper for this football club and like many others I am very relieved that he is not in sole control of the destiny of our club. That he isn't is tribute to the marshalled forces of our great and unified supporter base and the sacrices of the staff and players.

That he has a continued role in the immediate future of the football club will be uncomfortable to some. However, we are in a 'needs must' position. We have three or so weeks before the loan window closes and with only three loanee places available to us we need to be sure that we recruit the best available within our new financial resources. Peter Ridsdale is a persuasive operator and I do accept that right at this moment he is probably better placed to recruit the best available than anyone in his self created role as Chairman of Football Operations. The same applies to any out of contract players.

Being closer than many to what has gone on over the last year or so I have witnessed events and been privy to conversations that have left me deeply uncomfortable. Whilst we rightly continue to bask in the justified euphoria of the fact that this club was rescued against the odds we equally need to have a concentration on the immediate needs of the club and the importance of having a proper corporate governance structure and clear lines of responsibility.

A concern that I have is that the title of Chairman of Football Operations is one unknown and unparalleled in football circles. I undertand the word 'Chairman' was incorporated at Peter Ridsdale's insistence. I am very grateful that we appear to have a hardball Financial Director in control of the purse strings which will curtail any expansive activities of the newly created Football Operatins role. That is reassuring. What I will observe with interest and from a distance, is whether the 'Chairman' title will give an opportunity for Peter Ridsdale to expand his field oinoperations into other areas in this important and embryonic period of Green Pilgrim. Many have fought long and hard for this club to survive and the best of them has stood down today. Don't think, Peter, it will give you a free reign to mould the club as you think fit because it won't you can be sure of that.

That made me smile and sums up the size of the mans ego, that said I believe that for the time being we have little choice (given time constraints) to nothing else but to let him continue in his new role and hope for the best. Like most on here I can't say it sits very easy but prepared to have an open mind, the staff obviously did so should we.


It is a strange title given that there will be no board, committee, group or assembly of people to chair in this instance.

Why insist on this meaningless title for an autonomous role sorting out loan and transfer deals at the request of the manager presumably. Will we also have a Chairman of Retail Operations and a Chairman of Pitch Operations now?

Re: Peter Ridsdale to be new Chairman of Football Operations

Posted: 20:53 30 Oct 2011
by Green_Matt
Not really happy with this but it's understandable and some might say predictable.

Re: Peter Ridsdale to be new Chairman of Football Operations

Posted: 21:49 30 Oct 2011
by andyr1963
I was absolutely sickened by the news Ridsdale was continuing his stay with my chosen club. I have not posted as I wanted to post with a clear head.

PAFC are failing to clear the debris of administration by appointing Ridsdale. The stench surrounding the man is beyond belief.

Argyle are missing a glorious opportunity to start AFRESH.

Re: Peter Ridsdale to be new Chairman of Football Operations

Posted: 11:56 31 Oct 2011
by Quintrell_Green
Chris Dennis wrote:
pilgrimmike1 wrote:
Graham Clark wrote: Circumstances ahve dicated that I have been closer to Peter Ridsdale during this extraordinary perion in the club's history than most. For much of that time he challenged my thoughts as to what is right and proper for this football club and like many others I am very relieved that he is not in sole control of the destiny of our club. That he isn't is tribute to the marshalled forces of our great and unified supporter base and the sacrices of the staff and players.

That he has a continued role in the immediate future of the football club will be uncomfortable to some. However, we are in a 'needs must' position. We have three or so weeks before the loan window closes and with only three loanee places available to us we need to be sure that we recruit the best available within our new financial resources. Peter Ridsdale is a persuasive operator and I do accept that right at this moment he is probably better placed to recruit the best available than anyone in his self created role as Chairman of Football Operations. The same applies to any out of contract players.

Being closer than many to what has gone on over the last year or so I have witnessed events and been privy to conversations that have left me deeply uncomfortable. Whilst we rightly continue to bask in the justified euphoria of the fact that this club was rescued against the odds we equally need to have a concentration on the immediate needs of the club and the importance of having a proper corporate governance structure and clear lines of responsibility.

A concern that I have is that the title of Chairman of Football Operations is one unknown and unparalleled in football circles. I undertand the word 'Chairman' was incorporated at Peter Ridsdale's insistence. I am very grateful that we appear to have a hardball Financial Director in control of the purse strings which will curtail any expansive activities of the newly created Football Operatins role. That is reassuring. What I will observe with interest and from a distance, is whether the 'Chairman' title will give an opportunity for Peter Ridsdale to expand his field oinoperations into other areas in this important and embryonic period of Green Pilgrim. Many have fought long and hard for this club to survive and the best of them has stood down today. Don't think, Peter, it will give you a free reign to mould the club as you think fit because it won't you can be sure of that.

That made me smile and sums up the size of the mans ego, that said I believe that for the time being we have little choice (given time constraints) to nothing else but to let him continue in his new role and hope for the best. Like most on here I can't say it sits very easy but prepared to have an open mind, the staff obviously did so should we.


It is a strange title given that there will be no board, committee, group or assembly of people to chair in this instance.

Why insist on this meaningless title for an autonomous role sorting out loan and transfer deals at the request of the manager presumably. Will we also have a Chairman of Retail Operations and a Chairman of Pitch Operations now?


Exactly. I have never heard such nonsense in my life. I bet there is a printing of a business card at this moment with 'Chairman' on it. It smacks of an ego trip in my book. Why is not the title of [say] Director of Football satisfactory in these circumstances? I just hope this is not the start of another 'empire build' that lacks supervision. I agree Peter Ridsdale has huge experience in soccer admin and made a valuable contribution towards to the continuity of PAFC as we know it, but, I cannot believe that he would have walked away from an executive position with our new Argyle unless he carried this inflated title. Who are the subordinates and when is the next Board that he will chair? Utter tosh.

Re: Peter Ridsdale to be new Chairman of Football Operations

Posted: 12:24 31 Oct 2011
by exmouthgrecian
I passed your greasy new Chairman in his new BMW M3 Coupe with private reg plate as I went to Sheffield on Saturday it was about 10am and he wasnt far from Cheltenham at that early hour :shifty: