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SBD Global/June 18, 2013/Franchises

Kilmarnock CEO Reveals Potential Investors' Plan Would Have Seen Rugby Park Flattened

Scottish Premier League Kilmarnock Chair Michael Johnston revealed a plan "to knock down Rugby Park and move the club to a new stadium would have been potentially ruinous," according to Hugh Keevins of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Disgruntled Killie fans "claimed at Saturday’s agm of the supporters association that Johnston had knocked back" potential investor and Klin Group CEO Marie Macklin. She "had wanted to buy the chairman out and move the club to the site of the former Johnnie Walker distillery in Kilmarnock." But the chairman "hit back with details of a move he had agreed to keep confidential since it was first proposed to him in September." Johnston said, “The decision to raze Rugby Park to the ground and build houses there would have meant we would have gone to a place where we would have been tenants and not owners." Johnston added, "That proposition was unattractive to me on behalf of the club and I told Macklin’s representatives that was the case" (DAILY RECORD, 6/17).
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