Raith board declined takeover talks

Stark's Park'Home of Raith Rovers FC''Kirkcaldy''FFP staff pic -- free to use in JP
Stark's Park'Home of Raith Rovers FC''Kirkcaldy''FFP staff pic -- free to use in JP

THE CONSORTIUM behind the failed takeover bid at Queen of the South had previously approached Raith Rovers, the Press can reveal.

English-based group, Media Pro Sports, who had a bid for the Dumfries club rejected this week, were initially keen to speak to Raith.

However their plans, which involved investing an intial six-figure sum, never got off the ground after the Rovers board declined a request for a meeting.

Raith director Turnbull Hutton said: “There has never been any talk with that organisation about taking over Raith Rovers. They wanted a meeting to talk about it, and were told to go away.”

The Press understands that the agent representing the consortium, Jonathan Hope, became known to the Kirkcaldy club through his dealings with youth academy director Jimmy Lindsay.

However, Mr Lindsay is no longer an employee of the club having tendered his resignation while suspended from his duties, pending an internal disciplinary investigation.

Mr Hope was not available for comment this week despite repeated attempts by the Press to contact him.