Plymouth Argyle owner James Brent: If Ken Bates is interested in buying he has got good taste
PLYMOUTH Argyle owner and chairman James Brent has told Herald Sport he has no interest in selling in the League Two club.
Brent was responding to national newspaper stories that Ken Bates was considering a takeover bid at the end of the season.
That is when Bates will step down from his current role as chairman of Championship club Leeds United.
Bates sold Leeds – whose manager is former Pilgrims' boss Neil Warnock – to a Middle East-based private equity group in November.
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Brent told Herald Sport: "The general policy of the club is not to comment on speculation.
"What I would say on this occasion, though, is I'm not looking to sell Argyle. If Mr Bates is interested in buying the club he has got good taste."
Bates was previously the owner and chairman of Chelsea prior to his involvement with Leeds.
The 81-year-old, one of the most colourful and outspoken figures in football, sold Chelsea to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2003.
Brent rescued Argyle out of administration in October 2011 after their catastrophic financial collapse.
It has not been plain sailing for the Pilgrims, on or off the pitch, since then but Brent, a newcomer to football, has been undeterred by that.
Argyle narrowly avoided relegation from the Football League last season and they are facing a similar fight this term.
Below-budget attendances at Home Park in 2012/13 have led to Brent funding the shortfall out of his own pocket.
He is close to unveiling plans for a new grandstand as part of a wider redevelopment of the area surrounding the stadium.
Sources close to Brent say he takes his responsibilities as the custodian of the club very seriously.
They believe he will only sell Argyle when they are in a healthier position, on and off the pitch, than they are now.
Argyle will continue their fight to stay in the Football League when they play table-topping Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium today (3pm).