No one wants to buy York City (or do they…?)

Re-open for business – Bootham Crescent. Photograph: YorkMix
1 May 2018 @ 9.27 pm
| Sport

It used to be the chant of Millwall fans: ‘No one likes us, we don’t care.’

Well City supporters might be feeling it is time to adopt the chant.

First the team finished 11th in National League North – making it the worst-placed professional football club in England.

And now we find out that no one – officially – wants to buy it.

No formal offers

Majority shareholder Jason McGill. Photograph: York City / YouTube

Majority shareholder Jason McGill put York City on the market on March 23.

It followed members of the York City Supporters’ Trust voted against transferring their 25 per cent stake in the club to McGill and his company J M Packaging. McGill then stepped down as chairman

Prospective buyers were given until April 30 to put in a bid.

Today (Tuesday May 1) the club’s board of directors revealed no one had done so. In a statement the board said

J M Packaging Limited has confirmed that no formal offers to acquire their 75% shareholding in York City Football Club Limited have been received by the deadline of 30 April 2018.

The Football Club Board of Directors has indicated that both shareholders have been approached to determine what additional funds are to be made available by each party in connection with constructing a workable budget for the 2018-19 season.

There will be no further comment at this stage.

However, Dave Flett at the Press may have some more positive news.

He is reporting tonight “that a north-east group, closely linked to an ex-City player, did declare their interest in former chairman Jason McGill’s 75 per cent stakeholding within the advertised time frame and are still considering making a seven-figure offer for the club”.