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Dundee director bullish about club's future

Dens Park, home of Dundee FC
First Division side Dundee owe the tax man 250,000

By Jim Spence

Dundee director George Knight is adamant the club will still have a future if it goes into administration.

The First Division club must pay an Inland Revenue bill of £365,000, raising fears administrators may be appointed, as happened seven years ago.

Knight said: "I've been involved here since the dark days of 2003, and we've not come through what we've come through to see that undone."

The Dens Park directors say the club's future will be clearer within 48 hours.

They met at lunchtime on Monday and emerged to say that they are continuing to explore all avenues and are asking for patience from the fans.

Director Knight told BBC Scotland: "Discussions are ongoing. As soon as we are in a position to make a statement, we will do so."

Major investor Calum Melville recently tendered his resignation to the board as he tackles personal business problems.

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That led to negotiations between the club and the director, resulting in Aberdeen-based Melville saying he would remain on the board if still wanted and that he would continue to back the club financially.

It is believed that the club are trying to raise the money to satisfy HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and that a leading figure in the insolvency world is currently negotiating with them on the club's behalf.

But room for manoeuvre is limited. A senior Dens Park source told BBC Scotland on Sunday: "HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are looking for the payment immediately.

"And they are being completely inflexible, with no room for negotiation at all."

Melville told the News of the World: "I feel we are being treated differently from other clubs and I would have thought HMRC has a duty to treat everyone in the same fashion.

"The words used were that they 'wanted to bring Dundee to account and bring the rest of Scottish football to heel'.

"Dundee FC are in a hole with HMRC. We've been running in arrears with them for 19 months and they are now demanding full payment for the outstanding amount, which is something around £250,000.

"We have offered £100,000, which has been rejected. I have also offered to pay the full amount in May next year and that has also been rejected.

"There is no question that the club is being used as an example and it has put us in a really difficult place.

"My feeling is that HMRC will write to us in the next week and tell us what their intentions are. There is a very distinct possibility of administration."

Meanwhile, Dundee's problems on the field of play deepened on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat away to Cowdenbeath.

Gordon Chisholm's side sit seventh in Division One, 10 points behind leaders Dunfermline Athletic.



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Cowdenbeath 2-1 Dundee
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Dundee contemplate Melville role
23 Sep 10 |  Dundee
Director suspended amid inquiry
06 Sep 10 |  North East, Orkney & Shetland
Melville continues Dundee backing
20 Aug 10 |  Dundee
Dundee fans voice financial fears
28 May 10 |  Dundee
Dundee urge the fans to dig deep
19 May 10 |  Dundee
Dundee threaten summer clear-out
22 Apr 10 |  Dundee
Melville eyes a debt-free Dundee
04 Jun 09 |  Dundee
Dundee 'a one-off sideshow'
21 Nov 03 |  Dundee


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