Mr Regan’s Email of 23/6 – Smoking Gun? Should He Step Down? Will He Try the Sevco Rescue Again?

In which I have a look at the masterplan disclosed in Mr Regan’s email on 23rd June, and wonder if the SPL teams were happy to refuse to vote Rangers FC into the SPL, because they were fully aware of the plan and had been assured by Messrs Regan, Doncaster and Longmuir that an SFL1 solution was in the bag.

Maybe a reporter could ask the SPL chairmen arriving at Hampden today for the AGM what they knew, and when, about the Regan plan?

Rod Petrie of Hibs definitely knew, as he was part of it. Did his Board know and when?

What about Mr Gilmour of St Mirren? Had he received the nod that SFL1 was all but delivered, thus explaining his anxiety, and similarly that of Inverness CT, when the SFL vote went in favour of SFL3?

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Alex Thomson of Channel 4 has been the main UK journalist to have taken an interest in, and reported on, the farrago at Ibrox. As the weeks and months have passed, the story has grown from involving merely Rangers to include concerns about the governance of Scottish football in general. As a result there has been considerable focus on the actions of Neil Doncaster of the SPL and Stewart Regan of the SFA.

Mr Thomson and Channel 4 have obtained an e-mails sent by Mr Regan on 23rd June. I have copied it below with my comments in bold. I would recommend following this link to read Mr Thomson’s piece in full too, as well as reading my thoughts below, of course!

According to Mr Thomson, the email was sent to:-

Scottish Premier League chief exec Neil Doncaster;

Scottish Football League boss David Longmuir;

SFL President Jim Ballantyne;

SFA vice-president Alan McRae;

Hibernian FC chief exec Rod Petrie and

SPL chairman Ralph Topping.

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To set the scene, on the 23rd June, Mr Green of Sevco had been in charge for nine days. The first players were about to object to their TUPE transfer to the newco. People were frantically trying to work out how the SPL clubs were going to vote on 4th July, when the application for transfer of the SPL share from Rangers Football Club PLC to Sevco Scotland Ltd was to be considered.

There were rumours of behind the scenes discussions involving the SFA, SPL and SFL against the backcloth of a perceived wish of the SFA that Rangers should play in the second tier in season 2012-2013.

 

Mr Regan wrote as follows:-

“Dear all,

Many thanks for your contribution and support over the last two weeks in trying to deliver a programme of change that will move Scottish football forward whilst addressing the need to deal with the Rangers matter with integrity and in line with our own values as an organisation.

Bearing in mind the joint press statement saying that all three bodies had been working on the league restructuring plans for two years, there seems to be some mistake. Either, as all three bodies said, this issue has been the focus of attention for that time, or else Mr Regan was mistaken in putting his name to that, as in fact the discussions had only been going on for two weeks, prompted only by the “Rangers matter”.

Neil Doncaster, David Longmuir and Stewart Regan – Larry, Curly and Moe have taken legal action to prevent the three gentlemen shown being described as the 3 Stooges

 

 

I was hugely encouraged with where we got to last night on a long and tiring phone call and I thank all of you for your efforts to move this issue forward.

I thought it would be helpful if I summarised where I think we are:

Bearing in mind who received this email, what follows is not Mr Regan’s view of what should happen, but what he understood the representatives of all three governing bodies in Scottish football had agreed. How many of the three bodies had run these matters past their respective Boards? I suspect the answer is zero. We know that, at least officially, these matters had not been debated with the members.

 

1. The Rangers Football Club will be relegated to the 1st Division of the SFL with immediate effect and will be replaced in the SPL by Dundee FC.

One of the main questions in this saga has been regarding the continuity, or otherwise, of Rangers’ existence. This has a huge bearing on how fans, both for and against, see the club, and on the issue of sporting sanctions. If it is the same Rangers, then there would be no case for dropping ongoing disciplinary procedures, all of which should be seen through to their end.

If Rangers FC was to be relegated, then this meant that it was a continuation of the existing club and thus liable for the sanctions and penalties to be imposed.

As far as Dundee being promoted is concerned, there is a case for this, as indeed there is for Dunfermline returning to the SPL. However, three weeks later, the SPL has still not announced who, if anyone, is to take up the slot of “Club 12” in the SPL. This delay has provoked fears that there will be an attempt at the SPL AGM today to invite Rangers FC into the SPL, or to create from thin air an SPL2.

 

2. The television rights for Rangers FC matches in the SFL will be purchased by the SPL for the sum of £1m as a one-off fee for the season 2012/2013.

A convenient round figure! Had the SPL, SFL or SFA had any discussions with TV companies regarding this? Was it a fair price, or was this simply intended to be, in a legitimate form, a “sweetener” to persuade the SFL to go along with the plan?

I am not a television executive, but I could well imagine that the right to show the matches in which Rangers played its way back through the SFL1 would be an enticing product, with an interest to be found outwith the supporters of that club.

In fact, it would not have surprised me (and still will not surprise me for SFL3) if an enterprising broadcaster seeks the rights to show all of the matches played by the Ibrox team this coming season. Not all might be live, but recorded highlights of games not shown live would fit into a documentary, on a fly on the wall basis.

Let’s say that 20 Rangers games were to be covered by the TV deal if SFL1 had been chosen.

Purchase of the rights would benefit the SFL teams by an average of £33,000 each. Such a deal would value the rights to each game as worth £50,000. Far from doing the SFL teams a favour, this would in fact be, on the face of it, taking commercial advantage. And, if the tone of the email is to be believed, Mr Longmuir of the SFL and Mr Ballantyne, had signed up to this!

 

3. The two leagues will merge into a single league body – The Scottish Professional Football League – effective season 2013/14 – with a working party set up immediately involving representatives from the SPL, SFL and (if required) the Scottish FA to plan the integration of the two bodies – people, rules, rebranding, commercial considerations and so on.

The implication is that, without approval of the respective boards and certainly not of the members, the CEO’s of the SFL and SPL had agreed to merge their organisations into a SPFL.

Restructuring could not be achieved in this close season, but would be the target for 2013-2014. On wonders where this acceptance that planning etc was needed with a view to starting in 2013-2014 fitted in with the suggestion that, two weeks prior to kick-off, an SPL2 would be formed.

 

4. A new Board of Directors will be appointed to govern the single league. The make up of this Board will consist of an Independent Chairman, CEO, 3 representatives from the Premier League, 2 representatives from the Championship/Leagues 1 & 2 and 2 Independent Non-Executive Directors.

There would be nine people on this new Board. There were seven parties to this email. One wonders if all seven might have viewed themselves as entitled to a place on a newly created SPFL Board.

 

5. Play-offs will be introduced immediately with the first matches taking place at the end of the coming season 2012/2013.

SFL teams have playoffs between the SFL divisions, but until now, in its present arrangement, the SPL had rejected playoffs.

I am sure it is entirely coincidental that playoffs were to be in place for the end of the coming season, thus increasing the chances of all SFL1 teams to be promoted, including one team which had joined SFL1 by an unusual route.

 

6. Enhanced parachute payments will be implemented from the end of the season 2012/2013 to soften the landing for club(s) relegated from the Premier League.

So more money from the SPL pot being paid out, yet the implications of Rangers not being in the SPL, prior to the SPL vote, were stated to be horrendous with loss of TV revenues etc.

 

7. A revised all-through distribution model will be put in place to provide: a) An all-through distribution model for clubs 1-22 and a minimum guarantee for 20 clubs in Leagues 1 & 2, equivalent to what they would earn under the current settlement agreement.

So, even more money from the SPL – the bottom twenty teams to receive no less than at present and presumably the top 22 to receive more. Where, in the context of drastically reduced revenues, was this extra money coming from?

 

8. A Pyramid System will be put in place which open up the bottom of League 2 effective from the end of season 2013/2014 with the first opportunity for promoted clubs to enter the league being 2014/15 thus allowing for licensing to take place.

Had the SFL CEO checked if his members in SFL3 were agreeable to this? There is a halfway house just now whereby, if a team finishes bottom of SFL3 twice in a row, the SFL can consider reducing its membership to Associate status and ultimately replacing it in the League. The perennial occupiers of the lowest division would be unlikely, I think, to consent to a system whereby one of their number was doomed to relegation from the league every year!

 

9. Consolidation below the Third Division to take place to create a Lowland & Highland League structure effective 2014/15 with appropriate play-offs and promotion/relegation to be put in place. Clubs to be briefed that the previous season 2013/2014 will involve the opportunity to enter play-offs for the first time.

As with point 8, who was to benefit from this? The Highland League teams, and South of Scotland League, are not members of the SPL or SFL. Why create sweeteners and incentives for them?

As part of a wider reconstruction of Scottish football, then these measures are worthy of debate and consideration. However, the fact that they were being linked to, and dependent on, Rangers FC playing in SFL1 and this being railroaded through notwithstanding the view of the SFL clubs, makes one think it was all window dressing, designed to cover up that this whole exercise was being carried out for the benefit of just one team, at that stage not a member of either League!

 

In terms of actions/timings I think the following needs to happen in this coming week:

A) A joint statement today from all 3 bodies confirming that productive discussions have taken place on a new blueprint for Scottish football. Consultation will continue over the next two weeks with a view to clubs getting together week commencing 2nd July to try and agree the way forward. (D Broadfoot to provide this and circulate to DL/ND for approval)

One wonders what caused the delay as this statement only came out prior top the SFL meeting. Despite the accord shown in this email, was it the case that Mr Longmuir stood up for his members? Perhaps someone might tell us.

 

B) Rod P / Jim B to finalise the all-through financial model by Wednesday this week latest.

The Chairman of Hibs, and the Chairman of Airdrie United were to work out and finalise the financial model, within four days. This, at least as per the statement that was issued by the three bodies, was a process of discussion ongoing for two years!

 

C) Neil / David to finalise the detail on Governance, Commercials and Play-Offs (ideally Monday/Tuesday) and incorporate these, plus the financials in B) above into a legally binding Heads of Terms ‘draft’ for presentation to each league body w/c 2nd July.

As with B) above, a lot of haste to meet the deadlines. Except the deadlines were being laid down by the bodies involved in the matter, and only for the benefit of one organisation.

 

D) DL to organise SFL Board Meeting w/c 25th June to gain buy-in to the plan and also arrange an all club meeting w/c 2nd July

So here we have the proof that Mr Longmuir was on a frolic of his own. He was agreeing to get his Board and then his members onto line. From a first glance the deal does not seem fantastic from the point of view of the SFL clubs, and I suspect that Mr Longmuir would have been shocked at the independence of spirit and the solidarity shown by the member clubs.

David Longmuir attempting to use hypnosis to persuade the SFL Chairmen to back the Regan Plan

 

 

E) ND to gain support from SPL Clubs 28th June

Mr Doncaster however is not scheduled to get SPL Board support. Did he already have it, or was it decided that this would be passed over with a direct approach to the clubs?

In addition, this proposal was based on the assumption that the SPL clubs would agree with the starting point – namely that Rangers FC would be placed on SFL1. At that stage it was not certain that would happen.

This therefore suggests the possibility that the SPL clubs showed their combined determination not to transfer the share to Sevco Scotland Ltd, having signed up to this deal. That would explain the shocked reaction from St Mirren and Inverness Caley to the SFL vote. If it was all agreed, as stated by the SFL, SPL and SFA, that this plan was agreed, then no wonder some SPL teams were surprised when the vote decided on SFL3!

Maybe an enterprising journalist could ask the 11 remaining SPL clubs when, if at all, this master plan was put before them.

Hibs issued a statement which was reported in the Daily Mail on 24th June.

‘Following a meeting of its board of directors, Hibernian FC confirmed that the club will vote against the transfer of the Rangers share in the SPL to a newco at the general meeting of SPL clubs on 4 July 2012. This re-affirms the view of the board that the sporting integrity of the SPL is of paramount importance.

‘The board is also acutely aware that in making this decision, Hibernian – like other clubs in the SPL – will suffer collateral financial damage at a time of severe economic hardship and uncertainty. The board believes it is time for all fair-minded supporters to get behind their clubs and to contribute in whatever way they can to the viability of the professional game in Scotland.’

No mention of the Plan B which was in place, and which Mr Petrie, the Hibs supremo, was actively involved in. The Hibs statement does not contradict the master plan, nor does it, per se, indicate that Mr Petrie or Hibs were compromised. It might be classed as being the truth, nothing but the truth, but not the whole truth.

 

F) SFL Clubs Meeting to be planned for 3rd July

G) SPL Club Meeting to be planned for 4th July

H) Scottish FA Board to sign off on the final plan post 4th July. Subject to approval all bodies (including Newco) to sign legal documentation.

In the words of Del Amitri, was the SFA Board to be “the last to know”?

 

I) Agree joint communication strategy

J) In parallel to A-D above, could Rod Petrie please brief Charles Green confidentially on the discussions from a Scottish FA perspective so that there are ‘no surprises’ and there is a general acceptance of the plan plus all of the other conditions discussed e.g. transfer embargo, fines, repayment of football debt, waiving rights to legal challenge, acceptance of relegation and so on.

This is where matters become even murkier. At this point, Sevco Scotland Ltd and Mr Green were:-

(a) applying for the transfer of the SPL share to allow Rangers FC to play in the SPL;

(b) preparing an application for admission to the SFL in the event that SPL admission was refused;

(c) applying for transfer of the SFA membership;

(d) awaiting a decision from the SPL about the disciplinary investigation regarding breach of the rules re contracts and payments; and

(e) awaiting the re-convening of the SFA appellate Tribunal regarding the disrepute sanctions.

Here we have all three bodies required to convene and decide on these matters having “confidential” discussions with Mr Green about what was happening, even before the SFL and SFA Boards, as implied above, were aware of the matter. Bearing in mind that, on 24th June, the Daily Record reported much, but by no means all, of what transpires to have been in this email, the “confidentiality” did not really work, did it!

Whilst the SPL and SFL decisions regarding admission of Sevco Scotland Ltd were not ones that could be classed as “quasi-judicial” there are still fundamental requirements of fairness. This is especially so where the outcome of the respective votes would have direct effects upon members of the particular organisations.

Were the SPL clubs or the SFL clubs aware that these behind the scenes discussions were taking place between Mr Petrie and Mr Green?

Was the Hibs Board aware of them?

Did Mr Green indicate that “there is a general acceptance of the plan plus all of the other conditions discussed e.g. transfer embargo, fines, repayment of football debt, waiving rights to legal challenge, acceptance of relegation and so on”?

 

K) Andrew to ensure our check list of disclosures relating to Newco and Fit & Proper Person criteria are delivered by 2nd July. The Board will need these plus the Heads of Terms above in order to complete this plan.

“Andrew” is, as I understand it, Andrew Sleigh, Corporate Partner in Levy & McRae, Solicitors. He is vastly experienced in Insolvency, Corporate matters and Sports Law, making him the perfect man to deal with this issue for the SFA. 

 

The Scottish FA Board have agreed to provide a one-off restructuring budget of £1m on condition the above plan is delivered.

Ah! This suggests that the SFA Board too had already signed off on this plan. After all, for an organisation in charge of a sport facing a “slow, lingering death” © Stewart Regan, it would be an important decision to spend £1 million on implementing the plan.

It is also a convenient round figure, suggesting that a detailed costing and budget might not have been prepared!

 

I hope this covers everything.

Speak soon….now off to the airport!

Regards

Stewart”

And so Mr Regan headed off for a break, leaving behind what has turned into chaos.

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What Does This Email Tell Us?

One would be naïve to think that an issue as fraught as this would not lead to secret discussions and contingency planning. It would be a dereliction of duty in fact if that was not the case. However this email suggests to me that the ruling bodies in Scottish football were still being carried on by the Rangers tidal wave which was creating havoc as it swept on.

The discussions which prompted this email seem to have been an effort by the football bodies to try to wrestle some control of the matter, by setting down a structure to which they felt all the participants could adhere, and which would allow them, to mix the metaphor, to gradually slow the runaway train.

However, it is clear that this failed to account properly for the view of the SFL teams, whose agreement was either pledged by Mr Longmuir or was simply taken for granted.

When a decision requires to be approved by a vote of members, an officer of the body does not have the authority to commit to a particular decision – the votes still need to be cast!

Maybe the SFA and SPL, and by extension, Mr Green, relied on Mr Longmuir sating that the SFL would fall in line. If he misjudged his members so much, then it does not create any liability on him legally, but should raise questions about his position.

Stewart Regan reacts calmly on hearing that Rangers FC are not to play in SFL1

As well as Mr Longmuir, both Mr Regan and Mr Doncaster need to consider their situations also.

How much of this master plan was disclosed to the SPL and SFL members?

Dealing with the SPL first, it makes perfect sense that there would be such an overwhelming vote against the Sevco share transfer, if the clubs had been told that the extreme financial consequences of there being no Rangers in the SPL were to be mitigated by admission to SFL1 and a quick return. I am sure that all of the teams who declared why their vote went the way it did have acted with nothing but integrity. After all, it was not within the power of the SPL to vote a team into the SFL. It would make the chairman of a hard pressed SPL club a little easier about voting in favour of “sporting integrity”, and doing so 100% genuinely, where the expectation was that the SFL brethren would fall into line too.

As I mentioned above, the SFL vote, against that background, would explain the anguished cries from some clubs, and the rumours of some last minute SPL resurrection for “Rangers” today.

The failure still to decide who should fill the role of Club 12, when it seems to have been agreed on 23rd June that it should be Dundee, if Sevco did not win the votes, is another indictment of Mr Doncaster. How can Dundee, or Dunfermline, prepare properly for a season when they still do not know if they will be in the SFL1 or the SPL. Even Rangers FC know where they are playing, but the two teams mentioned, through no fault of their own, are stranded in limbo.

When combined with Mr Doncaster’s threat to deprive the SFL of the £2 million due to it under the Settlement Agreement, this all should make his position all but untenable.

Mr Regan and the SFA?

His recent comments have been so blatant in driving matters to his preferred conclusion that its failure should be treated as the vote of confidence which was proposed and seconded on Friday. His master plan has been rejected, and the sight of the head of Scottish football’s ruling body running around to engineer one specific outcome is unedifying.

It seems Mr Regan has convinced himself of what is the right course and is doing everything, despite the views of his members to bring it into effect.

Bearing in mind that it is Mr Regan’s SFA which decides on reconvening the Appellate Tribunal, and on further disciplinary matters, is he not fatally compromised?

I asked what this tells us about Scottish football. Some would say that this shows it is corrupt. I do not think that is the case.

I think it is far more likely that what we have is a situation few could ever have imagined, which has developed on a daily basis over the months now, and which the various bodies have proved unable to control. It has been a runaway train, and there comes a time when rather than trying to stop it, you need to jump off and let it hit the buffers. I think too that the men involved are doing what they genuinely believe to be the best they can. The only problem is that their best has not been good enough.

We now face an SPL AGM where even an unsuccessful attempt to “bring back” Rangers to the top division would result in huge damage to the Scottish game from fans scunnered with the whole mess.

If Rangers FC is left in SFL3, then there are likely to be consequences for many teams, although, as the Annan Athletic chairman was saying on the radio yesterday, it is a matter of cutting one’s cloth.

It would be ironic if the frantic efforts of Messrs Regan, Doncaster and Longmuir have resulted in the very situation they were desperate to avoid.

 

Posted by Paul McConville

 

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42 responses to “Mr Regan’s Email of 23/6 – Smoking Gun? Should He Step Down? Will He Try the Sevco Rescue Again?

  1. redetin

    And all because there was a football club that enjoyed certain privileges that would not be available to others. The authorities and management of the game have lost control of this situation.

  2. Charlie Oscar

    Why is Regan still at his post ?
    Is he to remain until the worst is over and then resign, thereby allowing the impression of a new start ?

  3. Gobsmacked

    “What a tangled web we weave when others we try to deceive.” Normally when two businesses become one then the top tier is less than the two individual parts. Not so these boys 4+3=9. Next time lads, meet in a room and talk, no notes, no emails, no conference calls when you don’t know who is listening. At present just fall back on “we will look at what happened and see what we can learn from it”. Isn’t stupidity in power depressing ?

  4. Macduff

    Great read again Paul.

    There is no doubt in my mind, that there has been a plan to ensure that Sevco were given a smooth ride back to the SPL. As anyone who has worked for a big corporation will attest, the heirarchy will often agree something and send everyone out to ‘gain buy-in’, which really means, this is what we are going to do, get on with it.

    The great thing about this situation, is the the customers (fans) have not been ‘bought-in’ and this steam trained sized spanner has well and truly messed things up for the top brass of Scottish football. Today’s meeting, and it’s fall out could be the turning point of this whole saga.

    In my view, as a club chairman has said, Scottish football needs to cut its cloth accordingly and live within its own means. The governing bodies are trying to cling on to a busted flush of an economic model, and this should be an opportunity to reset and move on.

    Instead of chasing dollars maybe the SFA could stop securing money for clubs to pay 2nd rate ‘foreigners’ and we could get back to a position where we start looking at home grown talent. I mean, wouldn’t it be great to once again, look forward to Scotland participating in a major championship? That, Mr Regan’s should be your job…

  5. Althetim

    Is this email genuine? For all Mr Regans’ alleged faults, he can not be a complete fool and non other than a complete fool would have summarised this supposed telephone conference in writing and expected it to remain confidential.

  6. John Burns

    Paul, only you and Alex Thompson, and to a lesser extent, Tom English, seem able to ‘tell it like it is’ in respect of this farce.

    Rangers is dead, it committed suicide by overdosing on financial doping.

    Sevco Scotland is, at this moment in time, merely an ‘off the shelf’ company, who appears to have purchased some of the assets of the former Rangers PLC.

    Why on earth did the ‘so-called’ administrators of the Scottish national game, form a conspiracy to concoct such a plan, predicated on the fortunes of a newly-formed company with no history, or, background in football.

    Doncaster was quoted as saying, something like “why should forty-one clubs in Scotland suffer because of the situation surrounding one club” Sevco is NOT a club, it is not a member of the SPL, or, the SFA.

    Obviously all the ‘squealing’ over the weekend from the likes of Gilmour and Inverness Caley, is, as you rightly say, a reaction to the fact that the conspiracy to ‘parachute’ Sevco into SFL1, was not successful, and nothing really to do with this season’s finances – please correct me if I am wrong, but the current deal with SKY and ESPN has one more season to run; it is the new £80 deal for 2013/14 that is in some kind of jeopardy.

    There are so many unanswered questions regarding the former Rangers and now Sevco, that it would be better to exclude them from any involvement in the Scottish game until the following items have been cleared up.

    1) HMRC EBT case
    2) SPL EBT and Side-Contracts Enquiry
    3) Appelate Tribunal’s new sanctions following Lord Glennie’s decision
    4) Criminal investigation into the sale of Rangers to Craig Whyte
    5) Insolvency Service probe into Duff and Phelps and possible conflict of interest.
    6) Charles Green’s investors
    7) BDO’S liquidation of Rangers PLC

  7. james larkin

    good post paul, but i am a little surprised at you !

    inverness caley, merged with inverness thistle and became inverness caledonian thistle. inverness caley never played in any league other than the highland league.

    would you agree ?

  8. cmh64

    Why are Charles Green and Ally McCoist at Hampden? The meeting no longer has anything to do with them. I’m sure the timing is a coincidence. I wonder what else they could be doing….

  9. The malevolent hand of cowardly forces

    Another good analysis Paul. Plaudits also to Alex Thomson for digging this email out. What in heaven’s name have our homegrown investigative media been doing during the last month of this fiasco?

  10. Jimmy Knox

    Strange that Celtic were not involved? I would have thought as the biggest club in Scotland we would have been asked for some input. Did they want to not involve us?

  11. pheebr

    Paul
    A great dissection of the of the email and its meanings and implications. Many thanks (to Alex Thomson as well) for shining a light where some would rather there is darkness. Also thanks John Burns for your last paragraph with list of the issues that need resolution before we can move on. Hope you don’t mind if I plagiarise.

  12. john bayne

    Would that be the same SFL President Jim Ballantyne that used to be a shareholder in Rangers and was the man who refused the call for a vote of no confidence in Mr Regan at the SFL meeting?

  13. p groom

    paul, wow you have lit the blue touch-paper… hope are you able to get this in the public domain before the meetings today. if not please try to arrange a dramatic entrance midway through, announcing “I have here a letter from herr regan…”.

  14. ecojon

    On the question of Rangers’ continuity it is quite clear in the D&P reports to creditors that ‘Rangers’ / ‘Club’ / and ‘Company’ are all defined as: ‘The Rangers Football Club Plc (In Administration)’ .

    I accept that ‘Club’ has certain connotations in football rule books but I have always felt that Green has legally purchased a continuing entity (possibly state of mind might be a better term) which as well as physical assets comprises the beating heart of the club support and its history. Many might wish to disagree with that but it remains my opinion despite arguing with myself and refusing to allow my heart to rule my brain.

    I suspect anyway that the ‘history’ only matters to non-Rangers fans – and I would suggest mainly Celtic ones – because of the trophy doping gains. If the ones won through the financial advantages of the EBTs were removed from Rangers then I think that most people would let Rangers keep the rest of its history.

    Indeed many Rangers fans might want to forget bits of their history like Manchester. In any case at the risk of annoying some readers I think most moderate Rangers fans, once the dust settles, would agree, albeit quietly, that the titles are tainted and should go IMHO.

    As to whether aniother club would be prepared to accept the stripped titles is another argument altogether.

    One thing I should re-mention is that a bit of me does cavill at the history continuing when D&P only set the value of Rangers Goodwill at £1 in the klatest report although I seem to remember that in their first report it was given as £600,000.

    • ecojon

      Actually found the original D&P report reference to Goodwill:

      ‘9.31 The January 2012 management accounts show carried forward Goodwill on Acquisition of £620,000. The realisable value of goodwill will be dependent upon the exit route from Administration.’

      So why reduce it to a quid? when everything points to Rangers fans still having an enormous loyalty and goodwill towards their club and D&P have even acknowledged that as an important factor in keeping things ticking over in administration.

      Also noted that no value was included in the sale price for Rangers subsidiary companies with D&P stating: ‘The Company’s investment in the subsidiary companies had been fully written down as per the January 2012 management accounts. The subsidiaries which are not dormant are all funded by the Company.’

      I’m sure these values will be written up and impress shareholders as to what a good job sevco is doing of developing things.

    • ecojon

      What a truly excellent piece of journalism – so refreshing and actually accurate – when you look at the output of the hackneyed Scots journos it really shows just how pathetic their journalistic abilities are.

  15. Robert D Bruce

    Paul, Again some great work.
    .
    IMHO the following paragraph is the most instructive in this e-mail

    J) In parallel to A-D above, could Rod Petrie please brief Charles Green confidentially on the discussions from a Scottish FA perspective so that there are ‘no surprises’ and there is a general acceptance of the plan plus all of the other conditions discussed e.g. transfer embargo, fines, repayment of football debt, waiving rights to legal challenge, acceptance of relegation and so on.

    This seems to me to be saying the following,

    Rod, you go tell Charlie that we’ve settled on the a plan.

    The conversation may have gone something like this…

    ”Look Charlie. Rangers will be allowed to play in SFL1 next year, we’re sorry it couldn’t be the SPL but we think the shit will hit the fan if we allow it. So the way we want to go is this…. We’ll get the SPL chairmen to reject Sevco’s application – that will give me and them a wee bit kudos with our own fans, and Rangers fans see us as all other conniving against them anyway so their anger won’t count for anything – then we’ll get the SFL chaps to vote you into the SFL1.

    Only giving you the heads up on this so that you don’t come into the meeting thinking that you will be playing in the SPL next year. Can you brief Ally on this too so that he doesn’t do anything daft regarding preparation for SPL football or give any of the players false hope.

    Look by going to SPL1 we can be seen to have done our duty. Nobody with any sense is going to want to see Rangers punished more that that – least of all me because if you are out of the SPL for more that a year I might have to shut up shop. I mean look at the state we’re in at the minute.

    Anyway Charlie, can you see the merit of our plan. You accept that you take Rangers down a division for a year, and I’m sure it will only be a year because you will bouncy bouncy straight back up, then we can forget all of the sanctions stuff that is being threatened.

    Now you’ll HAVE to pay the £160,000 fine or people will moan about that

    and you’d better pay Hearts their cash because they are a shower of moaning so and so’s but as long as you say you are making arrangements to pay everyone else on agreed terms then we can do the bit with FIFA and UEFA for you.

    Ok so if your agreed and you have to wave the right to challenge it, then we will move forward on this basis.

    Forget the Appelate tribunal we’ll cancel that. And the EBT thing, well that wasn’t really anything to do with you and we might have to adjust the records a wee bit but we’ll be as light handed as we can be.”

    Maybe this is why Mr Green said in his statement on Friday,

    “Rangers has been handed the ultimate punishment of starting again from the bottom of the leagues but there is an overwhelming feeling among fans and within the Club of ‘wiping the slate clean’ as a club free of sanctions.

    Free from sanctions ala Rod Petrie and his merry band of brothers at the SPFL. (newco)

  16. dunloytim

    What i find amazing is that in this day and age do they not realise that someone somewhere will put these emails,texts,tweets in the genaeral population to let us see the level of stupidity/corruption that is going on.
    And if they are this stupid they should not be in the posts they are in

  17. Ernesider

    Machiavellian

  18. mick

    there all as deluded as sevco fans ,its time for them to go and a new more democratic system put in place so we dont have dictators any more .with out the aid of the internet bampots they would have steamed rolled sevco to suit the sky deal ,even thou they have cheated scotland for more than a decade its unreal now its time for the taxman to claw money back from the people who got ebts ,a would just like to state that scotland has shown great strengh united agianst cheats

  19. Grabthegrass

    I honestly thoguht this was a spoof when I first saw it, but with the re-construction and context filling here am now convinved it’s the real deal and shows just what the SPL/SFA/SFL leadership really think of their members that they could come up with such a set of ideas each one more ludicrous than the next. Just as well sites like this exist and it now puts a lot of the comments made and the true expresisons of surprise following last weeks SPL meeting into context.

    I’ve always seen this as a train wreck happening before everyone’s eyes with no way of stopping it happening.

    What’s the odds now of a Sevco Scotland administration or appearence of a clause in the still confidential purchase and sale agreement from D&P (unless I’ve missed it somewhere) that means the purchase isn’t the binding agreement D&P proclaim. Now that’s the document we really need to see now that this e-mail has appeared.

    • mick

      grab the grass its a letter of intent on certian criteria if this is the case then its going to get even worse surly d&p are liable for the way they have treated small investors and creditors ,this could roll on for years sevco could be liquidated by winter ,although bomber brown speaks jibberish maybe this is what he was going on about why would d&ps do it like that what was in it for them ?????

      • Grabthegrass

        i agree that it appears that D&P have not had creditors interest at heart all the time, but in terms of the CVA, section 4.23 states that “Sevco is contractually obliged to purchase the business and assetts of the company”. The terms are agreed and it is confidential. This is more than a letter of intent and given that ther eis evidence that the property titles have been registered and already changed hands to Sevco Scotland, appears to have in part at least been completed. What we don’t know is what those terms are or indeed if all the money has been deposited with D&P (by 30th July). I can’t believe that Sevco can keep going in div 3 with all their overheads and hope to make any money for anyone running a football club in Div3.

  20. mick

    there is still a lot to come out on this story ,the ebts the police case ,uefa fifa fsa,the bdo the list is endless but were now at a point were its dealt with soccer wise now its the business side that has to be delt with the sooner the better nacho novo got 1.2mil say 300,000 he owes the taxman and murry 6mil surly thats grand thief ,the list of tax evaders is endless its now time for hector to get the money of these greedy men for boulstering our front line services a 100mil =4schools or 2 hospitials

  21. mick

    the soccer side is delt with now its time for the business side to do same

  22. mick

    ozymandias the top word a learned on here last week ,so fitting to the situation ,keep digging lads its claw the money back for the frontline services time good luck to you all ,scotland united agianst sporting tax cheats

    • ecojon

      Mick – what a man :) You caught me out with ‘ozymandias’ and I hot-footed it to a dictionary to find out what it meant. Thanks for keepings us all on our toes.

  23. p groom

    the downside to sevco going into div 3 is that they may well go out of business before kicking a ball. that will leave div 3 a club short with all that entails. not quite what was intended.

    • mick

      if that happens then am sure spartans and cove rangers would step in and grab the chance that should have been theres in the first place ,doncaster and regan and longmuir have turned a blind eye to financial doping on the biggest scale sport has ever seen its all a scam to salvage whats left of the relic of the old co the above 3 mentioned have there head in the sand more then the most loyal of old co fans its unreal

    • ecojon

      @p groom

      The same could have happened if they had remained in the SPL or even went to the SFL. At the end of the day Scottish Football will survive and I believe that no one club is above the game.

      In any case if the SFA have investigated sevco thoroughly and they pass the Fit & Proper Person test then they shouldn’t fail. However my own researches lead me to believe that not only has this not happened but I genuinely doubt that the SFA as an organisation is incapable of actually stress-testing sevco adequately so the flaws may not be revealed until later in the season.

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