Board coup at Firhill

Low ousted as investors line up bid for Partick Thistle FC

Jacqui Low

Jacqui Low: leaving Partick Thistle


Potential new investors in Partick Thistle Football Club are being lined up as three directors, including chairman Jacqui Low, have been ousted.

A consortium that owns French side Nice and English Championship club Barnsley were last month said to be keen to buy the Scottish Championship club.

Thistle appointed four new directors on Thursday – including former chairman David Beattie, who replaces Ms Low. She has been on the board since 2015 and was appointed chairman last June. Hospitality industry consultant Michael Robertson and Duncan Smillie, the owner of the Glasgow Rocks Basketball team who only joined the board on 12 June, have also left.

Beattie said interest in Thistle was “not speculative but a formal approach”. He added: “Existing investors had raised concerns about the direction of the club therefore the board are in active dialogue with potential new investors to fully understand their interest and to establish if that could support the growth and long-term sustainability of the club,”

David Kelly has been appointed head of finance while Ronnie Gilfillan and Norman Springford join the club. The changes were made at the instruction of a majority of shareholders and take effect immediately.

Low endured a difficult season at Firhill. Manager Alan Archibald was sacked in October after a slow start and was replaced by Gary Caldwell who led the side to safety.

Low is an experienced non-executive director and is executive chairman of Edinburgh-based communications company Indigo which she founded 21 years ago and which was involved in a merger at the end of last year.

She was vice-chairman of NHS 24 and had two terms on the Council of CBI Scotland, as well as on the Court of The Merchant Company of Edinburgh. She has also been a Trustee of Lloyds TSB Foundation (now Corra Foundation) and a Director of St Mary’s Music School.  She is a strategic adviser to Weatherby’s private bank.

Derek McInnes

Late blow: Derek McInnes (pic: SNS Group).


Wins for Dons and Killie

Kilmarnock and Aberdeen both registered victories in their Europa League qualifiers to make it a clean sweep for Scots clubs after wins for Celtic and Rangers earlier this week.

Dons boss Derek McInnes celebrated his new contract at Pittodrie with a 2-1 home win over RoPS, though the visitors’ last-minute goal will have taken the edge off the result. Niall McGinn and Sam Cosgrove had earlier put the hosts 2-0 up.

McInnes and his backroom team have signed an extension to his current deal which will keep them at the club until 2022. The Aberdeen boss has turned down offers from Sunderland and Rangers in recent times.

Killie had to rely on two late goals to defeat Connah’s Quay in Wales in the first leg of their first round qualifier.

Eamonn Brophy netted a penalty eight minutes from time to cancel out Greg Taylor’s own goal seven minutes earlier before Stuart Findlay grabbed the winner to get new boss Angelo Alessio’s spell in charge off to a good start.

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