Larrieu unsure of future
Pilgrims keeper lifts the lid on life at Home Park
By Chris Galea. Last Updated: 05/09/11 9:21pm
Plymouth's long-serving goalkeeper, Romain Larrieu, claims he is uncertain where the club is heading, but remains confident that their fortunes will soon turn.
The 35-year-old has been with the Devon-based club since 2000, experiencing the highs of Championship football and the recent lows of administration and relegation from League One.
The players, including the Frenchman and skipper Carl Fletcher, were poised to miss out on Saturday's trip to Burton after calling a strike over unpaid wages.
The strike was averted after an agreement was reached, but Larrieu told skysports.com that the completed takeover of the club cannot come soon enough, with the Pilgrims rooted to the foot of League Two.
"Who knows what next week will bring and the week after because we aren't informed about anything by the powers that be at the club," he said.
"We didn't hear anything from them until we spoke to the gaffer on Thursday and told him that we wouldn't play against Burton.
"He was very supportive and understanding, as have a lot of people around both the club and town in general.
"They have shown no respect to the people involved and at the end of the day there are peoples' lives at stake with mortgages to be paid etc.
"We just want to be focusing on football on a Saturday afternoon and it is difficult to do so when there is so much negativity around the place.
"It is up to us to turn the corner and we made a great stride in that respect on Tuesday night, with a lot of pride restored.
"We have been harshly punished at the start of this season with our performances not earning the points we've deserved, but I'm confident that we aren't that far in terms of on-the-pitch matters.
"However, we are very low on numbers and the gaffer desperately needs extra funds to strengthen."
Larrieu added: "It has been probably the most worrying time of my professional career, but I still believe that this club is too big to go out of business and down the line someone will come to our rescue and buy the club.
"Hopefully, that is sooner rather than later, but it is up to us to keep digging deeper and deeper to keep things ticking over until then.
"The amount of work put in by all the staff at the club is unbelievable and they haven't been paid either, so I don't know how they can carry on.
"There seemed to be no urgency from the people that are supposed to be running this club until we threatened strike action."