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George Yule joins board at Aberdeen Football Club

 

Aberdeen FC has announced boardroom changes in preparation for the "greatest challenge" in the club's history.

 

Businessman George Yule - president of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce - has been appointed to the new role of executive vice chairman.

 

Four directors - Martin Gilbert, Hugh Little, Ken Matheson and Chris Gavin - are stepping down.

 

Chairman Stewart Milne said Mr Yule was a welcome and necessary addition.

 

The club hopes to be able to move into a new stadium in time for the start of the 2014/15 season, giving it a further two years at Pittodrie.

 

Mr Milne said: "I am extremely pleased that George, who has a wealth of contacts and experience in all sectors, has agreed to come on board at this absolutely crucial time in our history.

 

"I believe his enthusiasm, experience and judgement will add focus and momentum to the future direction of the club.

 

"We need a step-change in how the club is run if we are to deliver our vision of delivering the new stadium and soccer academy, and be in a position to take full advantage of these fantastic new facilities when we move."

 

'Obligation to supporters'

 

He added: "Clubs have always faced challenges which vary in nature and gravity, none more so than what lies ahead over the next few years.

 

"We have an obligation to our supporters, shareholders and all those associated with the club to ensure we are fit for the future, and have the best resources available to us.

 

"We believe George's appointment as executive vice chairman does exactly that."

 

The club said Mr Matheson and Mr Gavin were leaving with immediate effect, while Mr Gilbert and Mr Little would depart following transfer of Aberdeen Asset Management's shares in the club to others.

 

Mr Milne said: "Aberdeen Asset Management has been a tremendous supporter of the club for a great number of years but, with the organisation's focus on its core asset management business, we feel that the involvement in AFC has reached a natural conclusion."

 

Aberdeen had initially hoped to move into the new 21,000-seat stadium, at Loirston Loch on the southern outskirts of the city, for the start of the 2013/14 season.

 

However, that was postponed by a year due to delays over land ownership. Negotiations are continuing.

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So is this a newco bust up? And if so are these the people who were for or against the newco being voted in.

 

I doubt it. AAM were losing interest some time ago. I'd imagine this has more to do with the new stadium than anything else.

 

EDIT: I think this quote from SM points to cost-cutting/streamlining whatever you want to call it due to the huns demise:

 

"Duncan will continue to oversee the day to day running of the football and non-football aspects of the Club, and represent us at SPL level where I believe he will play a major role as Scottish football goes into a period of fundamental change. I strongly believe Aberdeen Football Club must play a significant role in this period of uncertainty."

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Hmmm, not sure if this is good news or not, seems quite a bit of an upheaval, especially seeing as Milne is still there.

 

Is WM staying on his football development role?

 

IMHO Gavin added little in his role as "fans rep" on the board.

 

He was part of the furniture not the fan rep

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DST have noted today's developments with a lot of interest, and will seek to gain a better understanding of the what and why, and the future, at the next formal meeting with the club.

 

In the meantime, we note comments on here and elsewhere regarding Chris Gavin and his role/purpose.

 

Initially, Chris was the nominee to be the fans rep on the board when this option was made available by the club to the original shareholder's association group, that was formed in the 90's, and later went onto become the AFC Supporters Trust.

 

Whilst still seeking to provide the voice of the fans, as soon as he became a board member, then Chris' fudiciary duties were to the board and not to the Trust, or any other body of fans.

 

Therefore, his ability to deliver what many people assumed to be his role was never going to happen and e.g. he could not disclose confidences etc about board meetings and discussions, nor could he win a vote on his own. As such supporters would never be able to know one way or another how well Chris was representing their views and, on that score, it remains hard to get a consensus of views on many AFC issues, such that he could never please everyone, regardless of what he did.

 

So, Chris did not, and was not asked to, speak on behalf of the Trust or any other specific group, but he did facilitate supporter contact and opened the door for the Trust to meet club officials on a regular basis.

 

Additionally, he created and co-ordinated other club related matters such as those mentioned earlier in this thread and, on that basis, DST believes he is due thanks for what he has contributed in his official capacity with the club.

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It comes to something when the BBC News feel that they have to include a copy of the photo of the photo of Willie Miller from 1983 after the dons winning the European Trophy....... Says a lot for what he "hasn't" done since then......

 

:hammer: :hammer: :hammer:

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Boardroom falling out over the hun situation

 

I just hope that this doesn't mean AFC are suddenly voting the newco in, as I can't imagine Miller wanting to vote them in.

 

On the other hand it could be AFC positioning themselves for a hun-free SPL.

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Hmmm, not sure if this is good news or not, seems quite a bit of an upheaval, especially seeing as Milne is still there.

 

Is WM staying on his football development role?

 

IMHO Gavin added little in his role as "fans rep" on the board.

 

Doesn't look like he's staying at the club in any capacity, according to this article on the bbc sport pages:

 

Aberdeen is severing all ties with club legend Willie Miller after announcing a major boardroom shake-up.

Former captain and manager Miller, 57, is leaving the board, along with four other directors .

And he is losing his director of football development position, having been switched to the role last year.

"The news has come as a surprise to him and he was obviously disappointed," Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne told BBC Scotland.

"He is no longer part of the board and his current post is being made redundant.

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Doesn't look like he's staying at the club in any capacity, according to this article on the bbc sport pages:

 

Aberdeen is severing all ties with club legend Willie Miller after announcing a major boardroom shake-up.

Former captain and manager Miller, 57, is leaving the board, along with four other directors .

And he is losing his director of football development position, having been switched to the role last year.

"The news has come as a surprise to him and he was obviously disappointed," Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne told BBC Scotland.

"He is no longer part of the board and his current post is being made redundant.

 

That's a fair whack of the money we supposedly rely on the huns for right there.

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Miller dealt with without any respect IMHO, so there must be more to it.

 

However, where does this put us on the whole football development front if the role has gone?  They obviously believe the role is no longer required and I hope this is not to the detriment of our youth setup.

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