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Club statement: Supporters Trust

By Ian Appleyard | 5th October 2017

York City Football Club has issued a statement in response to comments published by the York City Supporters Trust.

The Trust, which owns a 25 per cent stake in the club, has regrettably chosen to seriously question the financial management of the club - just days after the appointment of new manager Martin Gray and sporting director Dave Penney - without offering any realistic, viable alternative or details of the financial expertise that enabled such a conclusion to be drawn.

Chairman Jason McGill, who controls a 75 per cent stake in the club, said: “These comments from the Trust certainly do not help when players, backroom staff, and supporters are now genuinely embracing the future with renewed optimism.

"The Trust's financial contribution to the running of the club has been negligible for around a decade," said McGill (pictured above). "As chairman and majority stakeholder, I have maintained the club's full-time status and we have the infrastructure of a Football League club. This was a huge factor in persuading Martin Gray and Dave Penney to join the club this week.

"People sometimes forget that I am also a passionate York City supporter who has the best interests of the club at heart," he added. "I aim to get this club back into the Football League as soon as possible.

“Although I am now spending more time on my other business, JM Packaging, most supporters understand that this is absolutely crucial as it helps to fund the running of the football club. Jackie McNamara, as chief executive, is running the club on a day-to-day basis on my behalf.

“Our aim is to maintain the highest standards and we have a strategy which is geared towards the move to the new stadium," he added.

“Work at Monks Cross is due to begin soon and, once the club has relocated, it will, hopefully, become more self-sufficient. I re-iterate, I will not make any profit from the sale of Bootham Crescent."

Looking ahead to Saturday's home game against Brackley Town, McGill said: "I sincerely hope all true supporters will welcome Martin Gray and Dave Penney as we all, collectively, seek to achieve the aspirations of this football club."

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