JASON McGill has insisted there is no “sinister ulterior motive” behind his desire to own 100 per cent of York City’s shares.

The City chairman has outlined his position in a statement to Supporters Trust members ahead of their vote on whether to handover their 25 per cent stake in the club to the Malton-based businessman’s JM Packaging company.

McGill also accepted “full responsibility” for the club’s current National League North status, but insisted that he was proud of the manner in which the Minstermen have been “turned around” off the pitch since 2003 and is looking forward to the long-term security that will be provided by next year’s move to the new community stadium at Monks Cross.

He said: “I am a firm believer that actions speak louder than words. In the 15 years I have been a director of York City Football Club and majority shareholder since June 2006, I have always acted in the best interests of the club.

“I have made mistakes over the duration and take full responsibility for the current playing status, but I am immensely proud of the non-playing side of the club which has been turned around and enhanced since the dark days of 2002/03 when the club was 30 minutes from liquidation. The club and supporters can especially look forward to long-term security at the new Community Stadium, due for occupation in June 2019 and all the associated income streams that the facility will bring to the club on match days and non-match days.

“I believe it only equitable and reasonable that JM Packaging receives the Trust’s 25 per cent shares for the £1 million-plus needed from my company to fund the club from June 2016 to June 2019. Contrary to some there is no sinister ulterior motive.

“I agreed to sign a legally binding document stating that JM Packaging will not profit from the sale of Bootham Crescent and, since 2011, I have consistently confirmed this position. Ultimately, the decision to accept or reject the proposal is down to you - the Trust Members – and, whatever the outcome, I know you will have made your decision by taking into account the best interests of York City Football Club.”