Argyle Fans' Trust founder quits after Pilgrims' troubles affect his health
A FOUNDER member of the Plymouth Argyle Fans' Trust has quit because the Pilgrims' League Two troubles are affecting his health.
Board member John Petrie, in an open letter to the Trust, said the position between the club and the fans’ group had affected him so much he was unable to sleep.
The Trust was formed after the club went into administration nearly two seasons ago.
Argyle did not come out of administration until the middle of last year.
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Petrie, in his letter, said he felt a 'deep sense of sadness' at resigning from the Trust board.
He said: "As one of the founders of the Trust, I have always felt a responsibility to the organisation and its members and I would like to apologise to all members for standing down and walking away from this responsibility.
"I have been assured by the Trust board that I must put myself first, but walking away from a commitment to others will always feel to me to be a selfish act.
"I have long suffered from anxiety and depression and in recent months the situation with the club has led to me experiencing such high levels of anxiety that I have not been sleeping well and have had my days dominated by worries over the club and Trust.
"Argyle can become all consuming and for it to have such an impact on my personal life has become too much.
"I am too passionate about my beliefs to be able to remain involved in a less committed capacity. I will always dwell on every detail while I remain responsible for them."
Petrie added: "I urge all supporters to get behind the Trust and give the board all the support they need.
"There are many passionate and talented Argyle fans out there and I hope that one of you will step forward and take my place on the board of the Trust."
He also pointed to issues with his Facebook page.
“When copies of my Facebook page, which is set to viewable by friends only, are being forwarded to and kept by a person who is not a friend of mine,” Petrie said, “it has perhaps gone too far.”
The Trust's board said it had 'reluctantly' accepted Petrie's resignation.
Members are looking for a replacement for the vacancy left by Petrie.
Trust chairman Andy Symons said: "No-one has worked harder for the trust, or shown a greater commitment to its aims and objectives than John Petrie.
"He has been a tireless advocate for supporter involvement in the running of PAFC (Argyle) and his loss to the board will be felt keenly.
"However, we are fully supportive of John as he steps back to deal with personal health issues he has outlined in his resignation statement.
"We wish John all the very best, thank him profusely for all his hard work, and look forward to seeing him at Home Park in the future."