Fans trust to re­think ap­pren­tice cash help

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Sports - Mark Pirie

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.

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