Last updated : 29 December 2004 By Pars Mad

Yorkston faces the questions
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘90 Minutes’ football show, Pars Chairman John Yorkston spoke of the club’s current plight aswell as detailing the club’s transfer dealings with the January transfer window fast approaching.

Asked if under-fire manager Davie Hay was in fact under pressure, Yorkston replied:

“He’s not under pressure from myself or the board. We knew it was going to be difficult losing Stevie Crawford in the summer but we certainly didn’t expect to lose Craig Brewster halfway towards Christmas. We also expected Noel Hunt, Derek Young, Simon Donnelly and Billy Mehmet to fill the void but all of them have been injured.”

Quizzed over the Pars apparent bid for Plymouth midfielder Lee Makel, Yorkston offered positive news for Pars fans saying:

“We have almost completed that deal. We hope to get it tied up soon. Jim Leishman was speaking to Bobby Williamson on the phone tonight. We’ve agreed terms with his agent and
Plymouth and so that one should be done and dusted tomorrow.”

Asked about a possible return for ex-Pars striking hero Stevie Crawford, the Chairman replied:

“We are optimistic with that player. Dundee Utd and Hearts are in for him aswell but we spoke to Bill McMurdo and told him what him what we can do, what we can afford in terms of length of contract etc. and it’s now up to Stevie to decide.”

Yorkston however wouldn’t be drawn on any transfer fee involved, however when asked if the club were actively pursuing Stevie Crawford, Yorkston replied: “We are”

When questioned over the fact that these possible transfer dealings meant the Pars were in a much more sound financial state Yorkston answered:

“We’re certainly a lot better off than this time last year. There are also a few other things happening away from the football side which will improve the club’s situation.”