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https://dafc.co.uk/story.php?t=DAFC_Board_Statement_&ID=13415

McArthur stepping down at the end of the season.

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DAFC Chairman, Ross McArthur, has announced that he will be standing down from the DAFC Board at the end of the current season.

Ross has been a member of the Board since May 2014 and was very much the driving force of the Pars United movement for well over a year before that.

Ross has worked tirelessly, and on a wholly voluntary basis, for the Club over the whole of that period. Everyone on the DAFC Board is disappointed at Ross’s decision, which he made a few weeks ago, but fully understands why he wishes to stand down following abhorrent personal abuse and attacks to which he was subjected.

Following the period in administration, under Ross’s guiding hand the Club has, amongst other things: rebuilt its previously tarnished reputation within Scottish football; stabilised its finances; improved its accounting, compliance and management systems and controls; achieved promotion to the Championship; made significant improvements to East End Park and more recently navigated its way through the complicated Covid-19 protocols. It was Ross who saw the necessity, and drove the process, to attract additional investment into the Club, without which the Club’s longer-term future could well have been uncertain. 

He has also, and at great personal expense in terms of time and effort, represented the Championship clubs on the SPFL Board.

Even though Ross will continue for the remainder of the season, the Board would like now to place on record our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Ross for all that he has done for the Club.

Ross’s decision comes at a time when the Club is on the brink of several, very important Club infrastructure developments each of which, with the continued support of our new investors, is expected to crystallise before he stands down and which would never have been possible without his tireless efforts to make them happen. These will very much improve the longer-term future prospects of our Club, on and off the pitch.  

So, when Ross stands down in May, the Club will be in a very much stronger position than the Club which came out of administration in December 2013. Everyone associated with the Club owes Ross a huge debt of gratitude for that. Obviously, we will suitably express our thanks and gratitude at the end of the season when his tenure formally ends.

 

 

Edited by Cardle is Magic
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Ross McArthur stepping down at the end of the season. Sounds like it’s because of abuse/attacks, which is a terrible shame. He made mistakes in his tenure, particularly the appointment of Grant, but nobody can deny that he always had the best interests of the club at heart and everything he did, was with the best intentions of the club at heart. Disgusting that he is stepping down for reasons like this. Hopefully we can find a decent replacement, who can help the club to improve in all aspects.

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Aye, that’s a real shame that he’s felt the need to pack it in because of that. Definitely the right choice for both parties but the circumstances are disappointing.

Although we’ve wanted to detach ourselves from the “at least we’ve still got a club” attitude, it’s worth remembering what McArthur did for us in stabilising the club after nearly losing it for good.

Best wishes to him. Hopefully that’s the last time he has to deal with any of that shite.

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He's done a hell of a lot for the club in a time of need. Yeah a couple questionable manager appointments he's been involved in but he can leave with his head held high and the appreciation of most Pars fans. Shocking that some felt the need to cross the line and run him out the club like that.

I'm guessing it will be a paid replacement coming in to replace him. I hope it somebody with suitable experience and skills for the job rather than a cheap option winging it.

If we can get the right person to replace him it might freshen things up and take the club forward with new ideas.

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Terrible news for the club, Ross' passion, drive and enthusiasm are unrivalled at the club. Unfortunately the disgraceful abuse he's been subject too over the last month or so has understandably shaken him.

Glad he will stay on till the end of the season to allow a handover with whoever replaces him. But whoever it is the club will be poorer for him not being involved at board room level.

Hope he can come back with his season ticket in the NW next season.

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A real shame that McArthur's gone, he made some very questionable decisions at times but overall was a massive force of good for the club, I don't know how it would have turned out if he hadn't been the one driving forward Pars United back in the admin days.

For the future as well, it means less money for the playing budget as assumedly we'll now be taking on a paid CEO instead of McArthur as a volunteer.

Worst part is that I bet the folk who spat on him, verbally abused him and slashed his tyres all feel pretty proud of themselves right now.

I can't see this coming out as a net positive for the club.

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McArthur feeling he has no option but to walk away from the club is a massive shame and there are "fans" of this club that should bare the burden of most of that shame. 

I hope us sensible fans can get across to him how grateful we are.

It's only football. 

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31 minutes ago, DeclanG said:

Worst part is that I bet the folk who spat on him, verbally abused him and slashed his tyres all feel pretty proud of themselves right now.

That’s an absolute disgrace. I don’t care what anyone thinks about the way the club has been run, behaviour like that is totally inexcusable.

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31 minutes ago, Rob1885 said:

Bemoan the actions of supporters saying its putting off sponsors and investors yet continually reference them in board statements. Sensible.

Pretend there are other reasons for this happening. Dishonest & stupid.

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56 minutes ago, Rob1885 said:

Bemoan the actions of supporters saying its putting off sponsors and investors yet continually reference them in board statements. Sensible.

If they are going to continually bring up fan behaviour, the should explain what behaviour they are talking about. 

One of the reasons the infamous statement went down like a lead balloon was because it sounded like the the last paragraph was blaming fans unhappy down at QOS. When it was referring to Ross McArthur being spat on and having his tyres slashed.

Folk who don't read forums and find out inside information on tap will get the wrong end of the stick. They need to be a bit clearer about the severity of these incidents and not word it like general fans behaviour.

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You have to be utter pond life to be spitting on someone. Has the culprit been identified yet? Had only heard a rumour about this incident but had nothing been confirmed as far as I was aware.
 

Wish RM all the best in the future, his dedication and efforts to steer the club in the right direction will never be forgotten, although I think he’s done as much as he can as chairman and I’d agree it’s the right time to move on. 

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Aye, probably should have made it clearer it isn’t our Ross Graham, unfortunately.

Also speaks concerning volumes of his ability that it’s so believable he could have gone to that level so quickly.

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