Jul 13 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
They want meeting after chairman's abstention
CHAIRMAN Michael Johnston has angered Killie fans with his decision to abstain from the Rangers newco vote.
The SPL club ballot went 10-1 against admitting the newco into the top flight last week, with Rangers in favour and the Rugby Park outfit abstaining.
Mr Johnston claims his decision to not vote reflected the opinions of the Killie fans.
He stated only 36 per cent of some 2500 Kilmarnock shareholders and season tickets canvassed by the club had backed a ‘no’ vote.
Mr Johnston also said he was acting in “the long term interests of the Kilmarnock Football Club and to ensure its success as a business.”
Killie have lost £300,000 from their budget overnight because they won’t have two home SPL matches against Rangers Newco next season.
As a consequence, the chairman says manager Kenny Shiels will see his budget for bringing in players cut.
Mr Johnston said: “It is now of utmost importance that all Kilmarnock supporters focus on helping the club to maximise season ticket and sponsorship revenues to mitigate the financial consequences of the exclusion from the ‘newco’ debate firmly behind us and unite in the support of Kenny and the team.”
The Killie Trust and the Kilmarnock FC Supporters’ Association (KFCSA) have both issued statements rebuking the chairman’s claims over the fans’ feelings about the newco.
The fans’ groups state more than 150 fans voted unanimously ‘no’ at a public supporters’ meeting and their online polls showed 98 per cent of Killie fans wanted ‘no’.
The Killie Trust state: “It is felt that we (the fans) have been misrepresented by our majority shareholder and sole board member in this case.”
The KFCSA added: “The actions of our chairman have led to considerable disharmony and divisions between him and the fans who are the regular customers of Kilmarnock Football Club.”
The fans’ groups are calling for a meeting with Kilmarnock FC representatives about the matter and the future of the club.