THE new board of York City Football Club Ltd has been bolstered by the appointment of two further directors.

Ian McAndrew and Jason McGill have been named as directors of the new club ahead of the completion of the deal to take over the business and assets of the old club.

York City Supporters' Trust are hoping that they will get control of the club next Monday when the adjourned Company Voluntary Arrangement meeting is held at Bootham Crescent.

McGill, 36, is a life-long City fan and a life member of the Trust. He is managing director of his own packaging business, JM Packaging Ltd in Malton.

McGill brokered the agreement between the key parties, including Persimmon, Bootham Crescent Holdings and City of York Council, for the extension of the Bootham Crescent lease, rent free, and funding of the proposed new home at Huntington Stadium.

He will have special responsibility for commercial and financial negotiations with all interested parties to establish a sound business structure for the future of the new club.

York-born McAndrew, 52, of the Harrison Group, is a chartered surveyor with vast experience in all aspects of commercial property development both in York and across the region.

His role will be to assist the club with planning issues and the redesign and subsequent construction needed for the upgrading and redevelopment of the Huntington Stadium site.

McAndrew was brought on to the old City board by outgoing chairman John Batchelor.

McGill and McAndrew will join the existing three directors - Steve Beck, Mike Brown and Sophie McGill, who is Jason McGill's sister, to make up the current five-strong club board.

The two new appointments have come from outside the Trust's own board, who have unanimously backed them.

Trust spokesman Paul Rawnsley said: "We welcome the appointment of Ian and Jason as directors of the new club. The appointments strengthen further the skill base of the new board, in particular relation to the strategic business issues, commercial matters and working towards the development of a new ground for the club.

"Their business acumen and experience are an invaluable addition to the team that will work to make a success of our new community club."

The Trust are confident that next Monday the Inland Revenue will agree to accept an offer to pay so much in the pound towards their tax debts. Of the £1m City owe, £98,000 is due to the Inland Revenue and £63,000 to HM Custom and Excise.

Updated: 09:49 Thursday, March 20, 2003