Board face bat­tle for Clyde FC

Ri­vals want to bring club to Ru’glen

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The board at Clyde FC have said they will not work with a ri­val group who want to bring the club back to Ruther­glen.

The move came af­ter the group said they would not share de­tails of their pro­posal un­less John Alexan­der was re­moved from the board.

Club mem­bers were told of the de­ci­sion in a brief­ing that was sent last month.

The Re­former has ob­tained a copy of the doc­u­ment, which de­tails a meet­ing of the board and the group, rep­re­sented by former player Stephen Ten­nent, fan Tommy Smith and former di­rec­tor, Gary Bal­lan­tyne.

Ac­cord­ing to the brief­ing, the group are un­will­ing to pro­vide any de­tail of their pro­posal to the club un­less John Alexan­der was re­moved from his role as a di­rec­tor.

We re­vealed in Au­gust that the board and an­other group had ap­proached Clyde Gate­way about the pos­si­bil­ity of a pur­pose-built sta­dium for Clyde on Cuningar Loop.

Since then the board se­cured a deal to play at Broad­wood in Cum­ber­nauld for the next five years. They also in­ti­mated this could lead to a per­ma­nent ar­range­ment.

In the brief­ing, the board in­di­cate their un­will­ing­ness to work with the rebel group, who first sug­gested re­mov­ing the cur­rent board at the club’s AGM in De­cem­ber of last year.

The board de­scribe the group’s ac­tiv­i­ties since as be­ing “un­help­ful to the club.”

The brief­ing states that Mr Ten­nent out­lined a £ 6mil­lion pro­posal, funded by lo­cal con­tacts and sources in Lon­don and Dubai.

They also said they had ob­tained £60,000 to carry out a fea­si­bil­ity study but could not ac­cess it as they did not rep­re­sent Clyde. How­ever, they in­di­cated the fund­ing was de­pen­dant on Mr Alexan­der leav­ing the board. The group also want three seats on the board.

Mr Ten­nent also told the group that former player and di­rec­tor Bobby Gracey, who split from the board ac­ri­mo­niously last year, was in­volved in the project.

But the club dis­missed the group, say­ing: “We will en­gage with cred­i­ble in­di­vid­u­als who dis­play in­tegrity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism and we will not hand con­trol to any­one who has been un­able to grasp the ba­sic re­quire­ment to con­duct due dili­gence.”

Sup­port­ers were told: “The Clyde FC board is un­will­ing to take the mat­ter fur­ther on these terms.”

The brief­ing also states: “We re­main com­mit­ted to se­cur­ing our club in the right lo­ca­tion for the long term and whilst we have real in­ter­est in the Cuningar Loop site, we con­sider it in­ap­pro­pri­ate to be dic­tated to by a group who refuse to share ba­sic in­for­ma­tion and have pre­sented an overtly per­son­alised agenda seek­ing the re­moval of the former chair.”

The club had pre­vi­ously seen plans to ground­share with Glen­cairn, East Kil­bride This­tle and Shet­tle­ston fall through.

Mr Ten­nent told the Re­former: “Mak­ing com­ment on a pri­vate meet­ing would not be the re­spon­si­ble thing to do.”

Mr Alexan­der said: “Our po­si­tion is quite clear and the club has noth­ing fur­ther to add at this time.”

No re­turn Clyde, in blue, won’t be re­turn­ing to Ruther­glen in the near fu­ture

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