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Trouble brewing at Rugby Park as fans revolt

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Ahead of Wednesday’s Press Conference to announce the permanent appointment of Kenny Shiels as Kilmarnock manager, Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston is facing a fans revolt over the running of the Rugby Park club.

Kilmarnock FC Supporters Association have issued a vote of no confidence in the current Board at the Ayrshire side.

The statement read: “The Association Committee feel this is the only option as we believe the Board are threatening the very existence of the club by alienating it from its loyal fans and customers.

“Following our recent on-line survey over 500 supporters responded to our questions and as a result we can safely conclude that a significant number of fans have made clear that they are not renewing their season tickets or at very least considering this drastic action for the season ahead.”

The association pointed towards what they call as the ‘serious management’ of their final league game against Rangers.

It continued: “The serious mismanagement of the May 15th Game against Rangers has served to highlight the inability of the current leadership to take the club forward. This along with the increased season ticket cost has many fans reconsidering any future financial investment in the club under the existing governance.”

The Fan’s Group alleged that Michael Johnston put financial game before his own clubs fans safety, and that decision was the final straw for most Kilmarnock fans.

Despite the mutiny in the stands towards Johnston and the board, the Fans Group gave their backing to the players and team management of the club.

They continued: “Furthermore, we have no confidence in a board who make decisions that risk the very safety of our own fans for the sake of short-term financial gain. At the same time, we express full confidence in the staff, players and team management of Kilmarnock FC. We have not reached this no-confidence decision lightly and in the best interests of the long-term future of Kilmarnock FC we would ask that the current owner(s) issue a clear public statement indicating that the majority shareholding would be available for the same nominal fee it was purchased, should potential investors with a viable business plan make an approach.”

The final day of the season saw Kilmarnock play host to Rangers, saw thousands of Rangers fans openly gain access to the home section of Rugby Park, despite Michael Johnston’s statement saying that away supporters would be prevented from accessing home sections. Many Killie fans stayed away from the ground in protest, and Johnston was forced into apologising to the Kilmarnock fans, yet continued to make excuses while knowingly selling tickets to the away support.

It is not the news that Johnston and the Killie board wanted to hear before their big appointment on Wednesday, and could prevent Shiels from strengthening the side, if as the group pointed out over 500 fans failing to renew their season tickets. Wednesday’s press conference will be interesting to say the least.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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