Trust leave door open to working with Fastfix in the future

Gavin McLaughlin

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Gavin McLaughlin

THE DFC Community Trust have not ruled out the possibility of working in partnership with a private owner such as Fastfix, according to Trust member Colm Murphy.

THE DFC Community Trust have not ruled out the possibility of working in partnership with a private owner such as Fastfix, according to Trust member Colm Murphy.

Both parties held discussions at the back end of last year following current owner Gerry Matthews’ declaration that he wanted out of the club. A deal, which would have seen the Trust working in tandem with Fastfix, was put to Matthews but the owner rejected it.

Since then the Trust have since become a legal entity and have recently declared their interest in taking over the club. And Murphy said that they would be more than willing to work with other interested parties.

“I can’t really speak for them (Fastfix) but those individuals are good football people around the town. There is no problem working in partnership with another private group and it has a lot of benefits to it.

“We certainly wouldn’t rule it out but there hasn’t been any formal discussions with them (Fastfix). We’re not competing with them, that’s for sure, and I think it’s important that people understand that. We just want what is best with the club.”

Murphy said the supporters group were still awaiting information from Matthews regarding the club’s affairs and other items such as the Youth Development Centre.

“We will have to see some financial information about the Youth Development Centre”, he said. “We just don’t know how much of a viable project that is. My own view of it is that if we let the YDC go then the club could really regret it in 10-15 years but it may not be viable.

“It’s a very expensive building to run”, he added. “There is a long standing commitment with the council regarding the planning levies and there is a lot of other things that may come down the line that may make it even more expensive to run. We would love to get the figures to see but we just haven’t got them yet.”

Turning his attention to Thursday night’s launch night, Murphy echoed Trust Chairman Simon Blackmore’s hopes that a large number of Dundalk fans would attend the meeting.

“We’ve put a lot of work into things and we are looking for as many Dundalk fans as possible to attend the meeting on Thursday so we can explain our vision for the football club and explain how a community owned club is a viable alternative to what we are used to.

“We’ve had a lot of advice from the Supporters Direct group in the UK who are partly funded by UEFA. We’ve met with them on a number of occasions and we’ve met with the likes of Cork City and Bohemians and we’ve had plenty of advice from supporter owned clubs in England.

“We can’t do anything without a large number of members”, he added. “That will give us a mandate to take over the club. This is not just 15 or so supporters with big egos who just want to run the place. We need supporters behind us. Eventually there would be another meeting where we would put a final proposal to the members of the Trust and they would decide whether we were to take over the club, not just a group of people who are self appointed as we are now.”