James Brent: No rush on Plymouth Argyle board line-up
OWNER James Brent has insisted no decisions have been made yet on the make-up of the new board of directors at Plymouth Argyle.
Brent has had talks with, among others, former Pilgrims' chairman Peter Jones and Professor David Wheeler, the Dean of Business and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Plymouth.
He has also spoken to business associates of his in London.
Brent, who rescued Argyle out of administration at the end of October, has not set a target for when the board of directors will be unveiled.
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But Herald Sport understands it is likely to be in January, and they will decide on the appointment of an executive to run the club on a day-to-day basis.
That person would be the replacement for Peter Ridsdale (right), who quit the Pilgrims earlier this month to become the chairman of football at League One outfit Preston North End.
Following Ridsdale's departure, manager Carl Fletcher and club secretary Jason Turner are dealing with football-related activities, and finance director Martin Baker is overseeing off-the-pitch issues.
Brent revealed he was making 'fairly good progress' when it came to assembling Argyle's new board.
He told Herald Sport: "I'm very keen not to put a deadline on it because you can end up rushing decisions.
"There have been talks with a number of local and non-local people.
"I have got a lot of respect for Peter Jones. He has contributed a lot to the club while I have been involved, but I have made no firm commitments to anyone at this stage."
Brent is aiming to have five non-executive directors, including himself.
Meanwhile, Argyle's new owner confirmed there had been considerable interest in the vacancy caused by the departure of Ridsdale.
But Brent has hired a firm of recruitment consultants to find the successor to Ridsdale and he remains committed to that.
"I have had a number of people put their hats in the ring, as you could probably guess," said Brent.
"But, as I have mentioned before, I do feel we need professional help with finding the best possible person."
Argyle have been without a board of directors since the start of March, when debts of £17 million forced the club into administration.
One of that regime, Tony Wrathall, was a guest of the match sponsors for the Pilgrims' 1-1 draw with Hereford United last Saturday.
It was the first time Wrathall had been back to Home Park since the club's financial collapse.
His presence on the touchline, as the teams took to the pitch before kick-off, angered many supporters.