Uk news Dumbarton chairman backs new owners to deliver on ambitious plans for the Sons PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Speaking for the first time since the £1.6m takeover of the Sons was announced last week, John Steele hopes that the Anglo-Norwegian investors can help drive the historic side forward on and off the park.

Uk news Dumbarton chairman backs new owners to deliver on ambitious plans for the Sons PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Speaking for the first time since the £1.6m takeover of the Sons was announced last week, John Steele hopes that the Anglo-Norwegian investors can help drive the historic side forward on and off the park.

Uk news  Dumbarton chairman backs new owners to deliver on ambitious plans for the Sons PremierLeague-News.Com
04 May 2021 - 17:31

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Dumbarton FC chairman John Steele has this evening given his backing to the Sons' new owners, saying he believes they have the wherewithal and the desire to deliver on their goals for the club. Last week Anglo-Norwegian group Cognitive Capital Ltd, led by Henning Kristoffersen, bought a majority shareholding in the Sons from Brabco 736 Ltd who had been keen to sell since plans for a £13.5m new stadium development in Dalmoak hit the buffers in 2018. But the new owners are set to revisit the plans, minus the residential comment which “previously caused objection”. They set out their intentions in a statement released this morning which lists a number of priorities including: • Maintaining the legacy of Dumbarton Football Club and building its profile into its 150th year and beyond, and developing a commercial engine to underpin that success. • Beginning to make the transition to a full-time squad. With the short term target of establishing the club as a stable Championship side. • Using Henning’s global contacts to build links with international clubs and players, especially in Scandinavia. • Reigniting plans for a new, increased capacity community sports and leisure facility at Young’s Farm, without the residential element that previously caused objection. • Looking to develop the planning permission at Castle Road to financially support the club and contribute towards the new stadium. • Increasing supporter participation and ownership in the football club. The statement confirms that Henning will take the lead on footballing matters while Matthew, who is a qualified architect, will be responsible for “property and stadium matters”. And confirming that talks with West Dunbartonshire Council about a controversial move to Young's Farm, near Renton, have been ongoing - Steele said he believes that fresh ownership could signal a fresh start for the Sons, after a period of stagnation. Dumbarton chairman John Steele. (Image: Lennox Herald) Read More Related Articles Dumbarton FC latest: New owners eye full-time football and stadium move He said: "The deal means that there is the prospect of a bright new future. In recent years the club has stagnated but now we have an opportunity to move onwards and upwards. That’s certainly the basis of what the board is operating on.

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. "Until now, with all credit to them, Henning and the consortium have been leaving us to our own devices. They’ve kept their distance during the negotiation stage. "Once the season has finished then there will be a Zoom meeting for us to look at the way forward, where they will give us a lot more of their thinking about the project. "From the board’s perspective, any engagement and positive energy that we can get - and it’s fair to see it’s being offered - has to be something that we can embrace and endorse. "All of my discussions with Henning and Kamila, his wife, have personally persuaded me that they have the best wishes of the club at heart. "The fact they have spent two years negotiating is important. "Through the process they have spent a lot of time and money engaging with us and working behind the scenes to resurrect the Young’s Farm plan to refine that. "They have invested a lot of time and money and I’m personally encouraged that they are still committed despite results not going our way on the park." It was also this evening confirmed that plans for five villas along Castle Road and two blocks of flats within the club's grounds will continue to be looked at, with the new owners keen to secure planning permission. Read More Related Articles Major shareholders sell stake in Dumbarton Football Club Steele meanwhile is confident that Cognitive Capital will be able to deliver on their ambitions for the club - and that supporters will play a key role in future developments. He added: "They assure me that it is a realistic outcome that they have aspirations for. "Supporters will undoubtedly have a chance to engage with the owners. I know already that one of their priorities is to engage with supporters and the trust, but also with the wider community. "They see any new facility as being community led. "Quite Honestly I am of the belief that they have the wherewithal and the desire to deliver a lot of what they have set out, and I’m supportive of that." A full interview with John Steele will feature in next week's Lennox Herald.

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