Have we reached the point where we don't actually need a journalist/reporter dedicated to writing about Plymouth Argyle? If we haven't, I think that point is not far away.
The written (print) media was traditionally how fans used to find out information about their club, and where they would read reports on games, transfer gossip etc. It was the key vehicle of communication from club to fans. It isn't anymore. What percentage of fans currently view The Herald (or similar) as their main information point for all things Argyle? A pretty small percentage I would wager, and one on the whole made up of older fans who have always done things this way.
Where the club used to use the local media to distribute information, it now (in the first instance) uses its official website. Once posted there, it spreads to fan sites like this one and to general social media. Written commentary on the news, once handled by the local journo, now comes instantly from fans communicating with one another across a variety of platforms and expressing their opinions. There are a wealth of amateur podcasts, blogs, vlogs etc., if further opinions are sought. There's a wealth of gossip too, some of it informed, most of it rubbish!
Do we really need match reports in the Herald? Yes, Chris Errington writes nicely and it's always interesting to hear his viewpoint, but nowadays there's always a steady supply of amateurs who are happy to write up games and express their views. This would only expand if there were less comprehensive Herald reports.
I am in no way having a go at Chris Errington, a consumate professional in what he does. I also have no wish to condemn the jobs of good people who do them well. There comes a time however, when progress renders such people as less significant (and therefore less economic to employ) than they once were. As others have said, when did you learn something really notable about Argyle from either the pages of its print copy, or from its website? For how long, even without COVID 19, can struggling provincial newspapers afford to employ an experienced journalist to report on the local club?
As I write it has been announced that the furlough scheme has been extended until October. It's highly unlikely that Argyle will play any football during those next six months. It's also highly unlikely that they will be signing a load of new footballers until it is a lot clearer as to when football might resume. Frankly, there's not going to be a lot to write about.
I wish Chris Errington well, but fear for the role he has carried out for so long.