NEW Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has refused to rule out the Dons remaining at Pittodrie.
He insists a new stadium is still the club’s preferred option, but he acknowledged staying at their current ground must remain on the agenda if funding for the new £45million HQ at Kingsford proves impossible.
Cormack also vowed manager Derek McInnes would not be forced to sell top stars such as top scorer Sam Cosgrove, Under-21 midfielder Lewis Ferguson or Scotland international centre-half Scott McKenna to bankroll such a move.
The club supremo is confident he and his new board will be able to raise the money for stadium project, but admitted the timescale has had to be knocked back to 2023.
Cormack, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “The 2023 date is moveable.
“You can never say never and if we can’t raise the money, then we can’t do it, but we are confident our best opportunity is to move out to Kingsford.
“I’m not fixated on two years here or six years here.
NEW HOME SWEET HOME? An artist’s impression of Kingsford Stadium.
“Listen, £45million is a lot to raise and if you look at our recent report we’ve had Pittodrie valued recently and there is no point in us trying to sell.
“We wouldn’t maximise the value of Pittodrie in the current downturn.
“We are working with consultants in London and we have a significant amount of money lined up from companies ready to invest.
“We also want Atlanta United to take a look at what the stadium would look like and the real costs associated with it.
“Nobody can commit to money that isn’t there today, but a new stadium is our best option.”
Cormack added: “I want to make sure we are investing in the football team as there is no way we are going to invest in a stadium and have a team which is ninth in the league.
“The critical factor for us is the performance of the first team.
“It’s a hard balancing act.”