MARTYN Starnes, Plymouth Argyle’s new Chief Executive, can help create a virtuous circle which will propel the Pilgrims forward, thinks the club’s owner, James Brent.Martyn, 58, has joined the Pilgrims from Championship side Yeovil Town, where he held the same position for five and a half years. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive at Swindon Town.
He met the Home Park staff for the first time on Monday morning, prior to be officially introduced at a subsequent media call.
His appointment means that Argyle have a genuine CEO for the first time in around four years, although Peter Ridsdale fulfilled a similar role while the club was in administration in 2011.
“I am delighted Martyn is joining us,” said James, under whose chairmanship Martyn will also be a member of the Pilgrims’ Board of Directors. “He has seen the potential of Argyle in moving here from a Championship club.
“Martyn has a passion for football, and a good business brain, which will benefit the financial aspects of the club.
“Having a permanent Chief Executive who sees his future aligned to that of the club provides us with extra focus.”
“We now have a combination now of very good football management team – with a genuine strength between John Sheridan and his coaching colleagues and [General Manager] Jason Turner – and Martyn focusing on driving the commercial side.
“The aim is to create a virtuous circle, with good football helping to make a success of the commercial side, which, in turn, will provide investment for the first team.”