Tuesday 10th April 2018

DUMBARTON FC is on track to becoming “a pioneering community club” on the west coast of Scotland, says to the respected Helensburgh solicitor who is set to become the Sons’ new chairman at the end of the season.

John Steele, who has had a long time behind-the-scenes role as an associate director at Dumbarton, will be leading a reshaped club board. The changes are in the process of being put together with the assistance of current chairman Les Hope and in conversation with the owners, as the club fights hard to maintain its place in the SPFL Championship.

Mr Steele, whose impending appointment is announced this week, will seek to guide the club through the next phase of its development, which includes big decisions about the future on and off the pitch.

In particular, the question about whether the club will stay at the Rock remains to be decided after the recent rejection by West Dunbartonshire Council of an outline plan to move to a new location at Young’s Farm. An appeal is one possibility, but no decisions have been made yet.

“There are undoubtedly major challenges ahead for the Club,“ said Mr Steele. “We will all have to pull together to face those. That’s just what we will do. We have great fans, a fine relationship with the supporters trust, strengthened links with the owners, and a commitment to the kind of teamworking which can build on our success in the Irn-Bru cup and six incredible seasons in the second tier of Scottish professional football.“

Mr Steele added: “We would all like to pay particular tribute to our current chairman Les Hope and his predecessor Alan Jardine for the hard work which has laid the foundations for where we are now. Without their endeavour and financial support this would not have been possible.

“Whatever happens at the end of this season, Dumbarton remains a club on the move and we are especially determined to become an even more important, positive feature of local community life in the coming months and years.“

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