Reports: Guildford steps down as York chairman

According to reports in the York Press, John Guildford has stepped down as chairman of Kingstone Press League 1 side York City Knights.

Guildford, who is the club’s majority shareholder, is reported to have left his post at the club according to local media, with the aim of the club hopefully re-entering negotiations with local council regarding the new community stadium in the city.

The Knights are currently without a permanent home, and have played home games at Clifton Park, home of York RUFC, so far in 2015.

Guildford is quoted as saying: “I can confirm that I stood down as chairman of York City Knights on February 12, 2015, at the request of City of York Council to enable the new board to reopen negotiations on the contracts that were on the table in October 2014 and withdrawn on November 12, which I thought were unacceptable.

“The new board are working with the council to agree to the terms of the contracts and are hopeful they can come to an amicable agreement in the next 24 hours.”

The council will convene this Friday to consider the planning application for the 8,000-capacity stadium, which will be discussed by the planning committee on the council.