Fans trust to rethink apprentice cash help
The Airdrieonians Supporters Trust state their backing of the club’s modern apprenticeship programme is “under review”.
At their AGM at the Excelsior Stadium, the Trust threatened to reduce their monthly £ 1000 payment following the exit of Conor McLaughlin by “mutual consent” last week.
After winger Murray Loudon left the Diamonds early in the campaign, eight apprentices remain on the books at the club.
Treasurer Bob Reid told the room: “The whole apprentices scheme is under review.
“Should the number of players go down by another percentage we would be looking to reduce our monthly payments.
“Whatever happens we will react accordingly.”
The news comes after the Trust agreed to continue their £1000 funding of the scheme.
Last mont h, T r u s t members overwhelmingly voted to pull the monthly payment until a contract was put in place by the club.
Chairman Willie Marshall stated that they had received a draft contract within days of the emergency meeting – with final details signed off last week.
“We continued to pay the £1000 in good faith as they came back with the contract.”
The Trust also confirmed they would be continuing to negotiate with club chiefs for a fan representative on the board.
Marshall confirmed that they had held talks with Supporters Direct Scotland to receive advice on the move.