Martyn Starnes is already beginning to make mark at Home Park
NO-ONE would pretend that Argyle's start to their League Two season has been anything other than very poor.
The Pilgrims have failed to come up with any goals or points from their first couple of fixtures.
Not including the League Cup tie at Birmingham City, the performances have also left a lot to be desired.
There clearly is much work to be done by manager John Sheridan and his coaching staff.
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In my view, though, one positive for Argyle at the start of the season has been the way that Martyn Starnes has settled into his role as chief executive.
He has wasted no time in taking a firm day-to-day grip on operations at Home Park.
The club were crying out for someone to do that and Starnes already seems to me like an excellent appointment.
He has vast experience of football in different roles and at a variety of levels.
Starnes clearly understands the game and the way it works. He will provide leadership off the pitch.
I was impressed by what he had to say when I interviewed him for The Herald's 'Big Kick off' supplement for the new season.
The experience he has gained from previously working as the chief executive at Swindon and Yeovil was very evident.
What has also struck me is the way he has swiftly moved to open channels of communication with supporters' groups.
Take the Argyle Fans' Trust as an example. I am sure no-one will disagree with me that the club and the Trust have not always seen eye-to-eye on recent issues.
That seems a shame because I think there is no reason why they cannot work together on a number of topics.
I am not apportioning blame to anyone, merely pointing out that there have been problems and this has caused tensions.
Argyle have had more than enough of that over recent years so I was pleased to hear Starnes and Trust chairman Andy Symons had a 'productive' meeting recently.
It took place without any fuss or fanfare and, hopefully, will open the way for more engagement between the club and their supporters.
I also understand Starnes attended the FanFest in the Green Taverners' Suite at Home Park on Saturday.
I believe it is important the chief executive gets out and about and shows the club are interested in what the supporters have to say.
There has been far too much bickering around Home Park of late.
Again, that is not a criticism of anyone in particular, just an observation. Perhaps Starnes can put an end to that with his refreshingly open approach.