Kilmarnock fans tell Rugby Park chairman Michael Johnston to name his price as they seek to gain control of the club
The Killie Community Working Party, backed by Supporters Direct Scotland, have stepped up their attempts to grab control following the collapse of a local business consortium’s bid last week.
The group have written to Johnston stating their intentions to buy the club if the chairman succeeds in his plans to wipe out Killie’s 9million debts.
And they are demanding to be put in pole position to buy Johnston’s shares, having urged him to reveal how much it will take to finally remove him from power.
Speaking on behalf of the Killie Community Working Party, fans chief Gary Torbett said: “We have welcomed the chairman’s moves towards making the club debt free Burberry Canada . He should be commended for that and hopefully he can achieve it.
“If that Burberry Canada is the case we are in place to make the move towards making the club community owned.
“We have made the formal move now and the ball is in the chairman’s court now.
“All we are asking is that we are the first port of call in any negotiations to sell.
“We want the opportunity to be the buyers and to be given the first refusal if you want to put it like that.
“The dialogue has been positi Burberry Canada ve but we would need to know a price at some stage. You wouldn’t go in to negotiate to buy a house without knowing what it’s going to cost.”
The Working Party made up of the Killie Supporters Trust, t Burberry Canada he Supporters Association, minority shareholders, the Business Club and Young Killie groups are ready to step up after the Killie Futures Consortium pulled out last week.
Their bid hit the buffers after Johnston, who is looking to wipe the club’s debt with the sale of the on site hotel, refused to put a price on his shareholding.
Johnston has yet to respond to the Working Party’s request for a figure.
But Supporters Direct Scotland chief Paul Goodwin said: “I met with Michael Johnston, on behalf of The Killie Community Working Party, and conveyed the outline of the fans’ offer.