Pars move closer to being saved

Kevin McNaughton is staying at Cardiff after agreeing a new

deal.

The long-serving defender was out of contract at City but has

now signed on until next summer.

And that means Scot’s eighth season for the club will be his

first in the Premier League.

He said: “I’m delighted to have committed my future to the Club

and I’m buzzing for the challenge ahead.

“There was a decision to be made this summer as I want to play

first-team football. I know that I’ve a lot of hard work to do to

make sure I can achieve that here, but I’m ready for it.

“I didn’t want to look back at the end of my career and think

that I never gave the Premier League a crack with Cardiff

City.”

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay said: “Kevin has been a terrific

servant for this football club and I’m thrilled he’s staying with

us as we prepare to embark on the Premier League.

“Good, experienced professionals like Kevin are essential for a

squad’s success and I know this news will please City supporters,

as much as it does my staff and I, who know and appreciate what a

hard working a dedicated Cardiff City player Kevin is.”

The 20-year-old moves from Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem and

has penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Van Ginkel came through the youth system at Vitesse and made his

international debut as a substitute in a goalless draw against

Germany in November.

Pars United have been named preferred bidder for both the club

and stadium.

The alliance of fans groups welcomed the “tremendous” news and

called for supporters to continue donating funds to ensure

Dunfermline can come out of administration in good health.

The group was competing with one anonymous party for control of

the club and East End Park, both of which were in administration

under different companies.

BDO’s Bryan Jackson, who is administrator of the club, said:

“This means that we can now move the process forward with Pars

United, who have worked hard over the last few weeks and are now in

the driving seat regarding the club.

“We will work closely with them as we present their bid to the

creditors and, hopefully, win their backing to push for a CVA

(Company Voluntary Arrangement) within the next few weeks.”

Pars United had set a target of raising £500,000 to

buy the club, who were relegated from the First Division after

being hit with a 15-point penalty after going into administration

in March.

Bob Garmory, who has been instrumental in its efforts, said: “It

cannot be understated what a monumental effort the Pars fans have

undertaken to get to this stage.

“Financial backing for the club has been relentless since we

were placed in administration; in the first instance to ensure that

the club didn’t fall immediately into liquidation; then to provide

vital income to ensure that the club continued to trade and

complete last season; and, now, continuing to raise funds to ensure

that if we make it over the line and become owners of the club it

is in the strongest possible financial position.

“We are very hopeful that the forthcoming meeting of DAFC

creditors will now vote in favour of the CVA which will be put to

them very shortly. This will allow Dunfermline Athletic to begin a

rebuilding process under a wide spread of supporter ownership.”

Garmory, who is chairman of club sponsor Purvis Group, thanked

those who had donated and urged others to give money to ensure the

club have enough working capital.

“Hundreds of families in West Fife and, indeed, around the world

have given financial support to save a club whose history is

embedded in their hearts,” he said.

“There is still, however, a tremendous amount of work to be done

in the short, medium and long terms. We are confident that, now

that there is greater clarity about the future ownership of club

and ground, the supporters will step forward in ever greater

numbers.

“With the help of the people of Dunfermline and people who have

Dunfermline at heart we intend to rebuild a sustainable football

club based on supporter ownership, transparency and

accountability.”

Margaret Ross, chairman of the Pars Supporters’ Trust, added:

“Receiving preferred bidder status is a tremendous achievement and

is a wonderful indication of the hard work put in by all Pars fans

to prevent our club from being lost.

“We know too that the hard work cannot stop now, nor can the

fundraising.

“We need to ensure that the club is in the strongest possible

position going forward and that means fans continuing to buy season

tickets and, where they can, buying into the ‘BuyThePars’

campaign.”

KPMG’s administrator, Blair Nimmo, who was put in charge of the

stadium, said: “Today marks a significant milestone in the search

for new owners of both Dunfermline Football Club and East End

Park.

“We will now be focusing on the detail of the deal and look

forward to working with all parties in the weeks ahead.”

Total club debts are believed to be about £12million

with most of that thought to be due to East End Park Ltd and other

companies also associated with majority shareholder Gavin Masterton

and his family.