Millers game could be last for Argyle

Troubled waters: Peter Reid has had a tough time since taking over at financially-stricken Plymouth.
Troubled waters: Peter Reid has had a tough time since taking over at financially-stricken Plymouth.
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ROTHERHAM United head for financially embattled Plymouth Argyle this weekend and Millers followers will have some idea what they’re going through down there.

Plymouth were plunged into administration last season, costing them a 10 point deduction and ensuring relegation when a ‘normal’ points tally would have seen them out of trouble.

So, into League Two they go - all the more hurtful because the record books show that in 2010 they were still a Championship club.

It has meant a tough time for that battle-hardened old Everton and England midfielder Peter Reid since taking over as manager at Home Park in the summer of last year.

He was fire-fighting last season and problems keep piling up off-the-field with the latest threat the club might not make it past this weekend.

A High Court action brought by the club’s administrators, Sheffield-based The P&A Partnership, failed to force some £230,000 out of the company which is the preferred bidder, Gibraltar-based Bishop International.

It means that the Home Park employees - players among them - will be asked to defer their August wages. Otherwise the club could fold with the administrator saying that if everybody refuses to defer wages then the club could fold on Sunday.

Bishop International were made the preferred bidder in May yet have come up with just £300,000 so far. Plymouth have debts of £2.1 million.

The proposed takeover - still to gain Football League approval - would see them acquire the club’s land assets and sell the club to one-time Leeds and Barnsley chairman Peter Ridsdale for £1.

Tomorrow morning, Ridsdale, the administrator and Plymouth’s Council leader meet the fans at a Save Our Club meeting.

Despite the situation, Reid has made nine signings since July, the latest being experienced striker Warren Feeney who pulled out of the N.Ireland squad in midweek with an ankle injury.

They are also said to be lining up Will Atkinson, on loan with the Millers last season.