Very sad to hear this news, total club legend, and whatever the circumstances are that he has left Argyle, I can understand the frustrations he may have had as head of Argyles accadamy with its Category 3 status and prohibiting geography.
In May 2016 when Brentford closed their accadamy my son Matt became a free agent at u12 going on u13 level, so I contacted Argyle to put him on the radar for future reference. Matt played a couple of matches in Argyles warm up games for the Milk Cup that Summer, injuring his foot against West Brom so ruling him out for the tournament.
Despite Kevin offering him a future scholarship and Matt prepared to sign up to this after he had finished his education, after several intense discussions, the general regulations, Argyles Cat 3 status, Matts age and living with us in Surrey, meant he was legally unable to sign anything. If Argyle had been a Category 1 accadamy then it would possibly have been a different outcome.
Matt subsequently joined Brighton's Cat 1 accadamy where the best we could do was get them to agree that he could one day go on lone to Argyle if it suits both clubs. He is currently in their u18s, has appeared for their u23s, has played for Rep Ire (grandmother) since u15, and is in their u19 squad next week for u19 Euro qualifiers in Austria.
The point I am making is that if Kevin Hodges faced an impossible task in getting talent with green blood, living more than within a 50 mile radius, but wanting to sign for Argyle, while a Cat 3 accadamy, what chance did he have of attracting less persuadable talent.
The next head of accadamy will have the same thankless task unless Argyle take a more radical view to their youth policy, by either attempting to improve their status or even pool their resources further up country to form a Cat 1 accadamy with other lower league clubs.