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Sunday, 26 May, 2002, 13:17 GMT 14:17 UK
No bids for Dumbarton
Strathclyde Homes Stadium
More meetings will be held at Strathclyde Homes Stadium
Dumbarton Football Club report that they have had a number of applications for their vacant manager's post.

But they insist that they have had no firm takeover offers for the club as a whole.

The Scottish club's board met on Sunday to open letters of application for the manager's role vacated at the end of the season by Tom Carson.

Carson and assistant George Clark resigned, saying that they had a disagreement with the board about their plans for next season following promotion to the Second Division.

A club spokesman told BBC Sport Online that the post would be discussed further later in the week.

Reneged on promises

But he stressed that, although there had been reports of three potential bids to take over the club, there had been no firm approaches received so far.

The club had said in March that it was delaying until the end of a the season consideration of a notification of interest from former Clyde chief executive Ronnie MacDonald.

It was believed that MacDonald would wish to bring in former Clyde boss Allan Maitland, who resigned with him from Broadwood midway through the season.

Following Carson's resignation from Dumbarton, chairman Douglas Dalgleish had refuted newspaper reports suggesting that it had reneged on promises made to players over holidays abroad and bonus payments in the event of the team winning promotion.

"At the start of the season, the bonus structure was agreed between the board and the players and both parties were delighted that it fell to be implemented following the drama of the last day of the season," Dalgleish told the club's website.

Players' representatives then asked the board "to make some minor changes the the agreed structure.

"The Board immediately and unanimously acceded to that request and put the matter of implementation in hand.

"The players and the board enjoy an excellent relationship, totally contrary to that conveyed by the offending article."

Indeed, top striker Paddy Flannery has now agreed a new, three-year deal.

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04 May 02 | Scot Div 3
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