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Club Statement

Posted: Sat 10 May 2014

FOLLOWING the publication of the FA Chairman's England Commission report, we have issued the following statement:

"THE FA Chairman's England Commission report addresses an important issue and we thank the FA and Commission members for the time they have contributed to it.

"Plymouth Argyle supports the principle that English talent needs to be developed by playing competitive football.

"However, while we concur with the analysis of the problem, we do not agree with all the potential solutions.

"Disrupting the football pyramid - and, hence, professional football in cities and towns across the country - is not, in our view, an appropriate or proportionate response.

"The solution seems straightforward to us, in concept, if not execution: clubs - particularly those higher up the pyramid - should commit to play more English players and/or they should allow talented English players to play for other clubs, by way of release or loan."