St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin believes fan ownership is ‘a great moment’ for the Scottish Premiership club after arranging a buyout from chairman Gordon Scott.
The St Mirren Independent Supporters Association became the club’s majority shareholder on Tuesday when it acquired a 51% stake in the club. Scott and Alan Wardrop join existing SMISA-appointed club directors John Needham and David Riley as officials at the club. Fan ownership is in partnership with charity and social enterprise Kibble.
They have bought a 27% stake to become part-owners of St Mirren. Goodwin says it’s an exciting time and his budget could be increased from the changing of the guard: “It is a great moment for St Mirren Football Club and all the supporters out there who have worked tirelessly to make this happen.
“They have invested a hell of a lot of their own money to get to this point. As far as I am led to believe the business will continue to run as it has been doing and we don’t need to change a great deal off the field. My budget has been set out a few months. It won’t affect this season. If anything it might only improve things.
“Of course we would always like to generate more money and that will be up to the commercial department and up to me as manager to try to put a product on the park that supporters deem worthy of paying money to come and watch.
“It is up to me to make sure that money is well spent. I’ve think I’ve done that in the last three summer windows and the two January windows we’ve had and hopefully I can continue to do that.”
St Mirren kick off their Premiership campaign away to Dundee this Saturday, looking to build on last season’s seventh place finish. Goodwin expects a competitive campaign: “I think it is probably going to be the toughest Premier League in a decade. All the big boys are back.
“The two big Dundee clubs, two Edinburgh clubs, two Glasgow clubs, and Aberdeen are there. If you look at the history of all those clubs, they are big clubs with big fanbases and decent budgets. That will only add to the quality of the league and we’re all very excited for it.”
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