How the appointment of Andrew Parkinson as new chief executive will help the club

Earlier this month, Plymouth Argyle announced Andrew Parkinson as the club’s new Chief Executive Officer with the 56-year-old to begin his time in the role at the end of this season.

Parkinson will succeed Michael Dunford following Argyle’s final game of the season at home to Scunthorpe United on Saturday the 4th of May. The departing Dunford is leaving at the end of his current contract having served as Chief Exec in two spells (between 2004-2009 and 2018-19) and will remain at the club as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The Pilgrims are still very much involved in the mire of a League One relegation battle at present but with six games to go Argyle just about have their heads above water after Saturday’s loss/draw/win at Blackpool left Derek Adams’s men on 46/7/9 points.

After going the first eleven games of the season without a win and at one point looking like relegation definites, we should be expected to have enough to stay up and providing that is the case, the addition of Parkinson to the boardroom is one that can help us truly prosper next year.

The William Hill app for Android currently have Argyle at odds of 1/16 to beat the drop, with odds at some bookmakers as far as 8/1 on us going down.

Andrew actually joined the club in December after six years as Operations Director for Liverpool, where he led the development of Anfield’s new Main Stand, modernising the classic stadium and increasing the ground’s capacity.

During his time at Liverpool, Parkinson was also responsible for match day hospitality and overall customer experience. Since joining Argyle, Andrew has been key in bringing forward plans for Home Park’s redevelopment, where an estimated £6.5m investment is seeing major improvements made to the Mayflower Grandstand in particular.

These include 5,304 additional seats, four 400 capacity hospitality spaces, new and improved player dressing rooms and new conferencing and events facilities.

The new player dressing rooms will be ready for the start of next season, while the extended Mayflower Grandstand should be ready in the fourth quarter of 2019 and the project is currently on budget.

You only have to look the successful redevelopment of Anfield to see the positive influence Parkinson had at Liverpool and what he is already bringing to Argyle in what is a critical time for the club.

Argyle chairman Simon Hallett expressed his delight in the appointment, saying: “The Argyle Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Parkinson, who will take over from Michael Dunford on May 4, and we welcome the expertise and knowledge that he will bring to the post.
“We now look forward to Andrew building on the firm foundations that he has already helped put in place for an exciting future for Plymouth Argyle.”
The man himself was just as optimistic about the club’s immediate future.

“I am delighted that the Board has invited me to succeed Michael, who I have enjoyed working alongside since I arrived at Home Park and who is a passionate Argyle man,” Parkinson said.

“On and off the field, the club is in a very good position to continue to make progress, with dedicated and hard-working football and non-football staff embracing Argyle’s Vision and Values to ensure that the Green Army, the city of Plymouth and the wider Westcountry has a community club of which we can all be proud.”