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Football: PARS WANT pounds 400,000; Pars: It's pounds 400k for two Jimmys.

Byline: By John Docherty

ABERDEEN are threatening to pull the plug on their move for Jimmy Calderwood rather than be held to ransom by Dunfermline.

The Pittodrie club have refused to pay around pounds 400,000 compensation to secure the release of manager Calderwood and his No.2 Jimmy Nicholl from the remaining year of their contracts.

Dons chairman Stewart Milne met his East End Park counterpart John Yorston yesterday but failed to reach Willie Miller as the club's executive football consultant, wants Pars boss Calderwood to take over from Paterson.

But Yorkston insisted last night the Scottish Cup finalists won't give up their manager and his assistant Nicholl without a major fight.

He told Aberdeen they will have to increase considerably their current offer of just pounds 50,000 for Calderwood,who also led the Fifers into fourth place in the Premier League.

From Dunfermline's summer break camp in Magaluf,Yorkston confirmed that Milne had been in contact late Monday afternoon.

Yorkston, who paid pounds 200,000 in compensation to land Calderwood from Dutch side NEC Nijmegen,said : 'Jimmy has a contractual situation where if we are offered X amount from any club, he will be allowed to speak to them.

'As yet, we have not been offered that.

Unacceptable 'Stewart Milne called me at 5pm on Monday. He said he wanted to speak to Jimmy and I told him about the contractual situation.

'I said if he wants to make us the offer we would approve Aberdeen speaking to Jimmy.

'The offer he made was totally unacceptable.'

Calderwood, whose contract does not run out until the end of next season, has improved Dunfermline every year since his arrival at East End Park from Holland in December 1999. Nicholl also has a compensation clause in his contract and Yorkston said:'In thetwo Jimmys' contracts there is a clause which allows them to speak to other clubs should these clubs be able to put up a certain amount of money.

'As Aberdeen have come nowhere that amount there will be no discussions going on between them and Aberdeen.

'We have no desire to lose them.They have done extremely well and if anything we are looking to extend their contracts.

'If Aberdeen make the right offer we will then approve them to speak to them.

'I am not going to make it easy for Aberdeen. But I also have a contractual situation where if they did offer that money I will have to allow Jimmy to speak to them.'

Yorkston admitted he was not surprised to learn that Aberdeen were head--hunting Calderwood.

He said: 'The fact is that hehas done so well. We want both Jimmys to stay on at East End Park and continue to do their job.

'Aberdeen know what we require before anything can happen.It's up to them.'

The Dunfermline team and officials are due back on Friday.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 26, 2004
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