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Ridsdale rejects accusations of stalling Plymouth takeover

Interim Plymouth chairman Peter Ridsdale has dismissed suggestions he is hampering any potential takeovers of the club. A bid by a consortium fronted by Conservative councillor Paul Buttivant was rejected by administrators due to fears they did not have the money to complete the takeover.

Buttivant, who planned to dispense of Ridsdale's services, claims the rejection was a smokescreen to ensure a takeover which kept the former Leeds chairman involved with the Devon club, who are currently in administration, could go through.

But the 59-year-old has reacted angrily and said in a statement: "I have met Mr Buttivant once. On that occasion he asked what my aspirations were regarding my ongoing role at Plymouth Argyle.

"I told him that my only desire was to see Argyle saved and that I had no desire for any ongoing role post-administration. I said I was prepared to consider one, if offered, but was equally happy to walk away if the new owners had their own management. This remains the case.

"For Mr Buttivant to suggest otherwise and to use this as a reason why his supposed bid has not been successful with the administrator is absolutely false. I suggest he and any others who are attempting to give his bid credibility need to concentrate on the bid itself and not some false sideshow of the status of my role."

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