PLYMOUTH Argyle Football Club is pleased to announce that Tony Wrathall has joined the Board of Directors.Tony, who is 56, was born and brought up in Teignmouth, and has been an avid supporter of PAFC since he was a child.
His main focus as a director will be the Academy; as a former Argyle trialist, youth development is very close to his heart.
Tony was a member of the board of the club from 2005 until it went into administration in 2011.
He regrets the outcome of that period enormously, at a deep personal level; his return is driven by a keen desire to do all he can to help accelerate the club’s recovery, from the grass roots up.
Argyle Chairman James Brent said: “I am fully aware that Tony’s appointment will raise some questions among the fan-base.
“However, it is one that I am comfortable with.
“After taking over the club, we very rapidly got to the bottom of what had gone on in the period leading up to administration. It became abundantly clear that Tony was in no way responsible for the meltdown.
“Indeed, without his continuing financial support, the club would have failed many months earlier.
“Tony loves Argyle, and he wants to do all he can to contribute to its recovery, including financial investment. That makes total sense to me, and to all the other board members.”
Tony Wrathall said: "I appreciate that many, many people have suffered very badly as a result of what happened at the club, and I am extremely sorry for that.
“I thought long and hard, and came to the conclusion that the best way of trying to put this right would be, after a suitable period away, to offer the club my help as it looks to build again.
“That is why I have offered my services, and I am delighted that Argyle have invited me to rejoin the board.”