The latest Sevco Rangers shareholder has been revealed by Charles Green as Nottingham businessman Craig Mather. It hasn’t been indicated whether the shareholding stake was provided personally by Mr Mather or through his network of companies which includes SIMPLY SPORT MANAGEMENT LIMITED.
It has also not been revealed whether the £1 million shareholding has been paid-for up-front or pledged by a placing letter of intent.
Mr Mather, 42, is one of three directors in SIMPLY SPORT MANAGEMENT LIMITED a private limited company registered on 20/12/2011 with its registered address given as c/o Simply Cartons Limited, Perry Road, Nottingham. Simply Cartons is a successful company engaged in the making of cardboard boxes and which Mr Mather is also a director of.
SIMPLY SPORT MANAGEMENT LIMITED has yet to file a description of its activities. However, it is clear from another director’s LINKEDIN profile that it will probably be engaged in managing and representing professional football players.
Maximillian Meltzer, aged 24, describes himself as the Director of Football of Simply Sport Management and a Players’ Agent Licensed by the English FA. He attended Durham University and holds a master’s degree of laws and a bachelor’s degree in business management and FA coaching qualifications and he may be able to provide some welcome support for Sally.
He started out working in the computer games industry and then became an agent in the entertainment industry agent before switching to sport management in 2009 becoming a director at SIMPLY SPORT MANAGEMENT LIMITED in January this year.
He is a Licensed Players Agent and is Certified Coach (Level 1) – English Football Association and was previously linked with Rangers when he represented international footballer Tomer Hemed in negotiations with Ibrox Park.
At the moment it is unclear what, if any, role Maxi will have at Ibrox and whether he might even help out on the coaching side. Some dismiss the latest shareholding as window dressing by providing a known UK businessman to take media pressure off the hunt for Sevco Rangers mystery foreign backers but there is no suggestion that Mr Mather has acted other than in an appropriate and professional manner at all times.
Green was out of the country yesterday in discussions with Uefa but it is not known whether they summoned him or he requested the meeting or what the detail of the meeting actually is. He said he would be heading to Athens afterwards to arrange a friendly with Olympiakos which makes me think he must have read ADM’s piece on Trigger and Theseus’ ship 🙂 Of course he may also drop in on some of his mystery investors who are thought to be located in Greece.
Many believe that Green will struggle to reach a financial position which would allow Sevco Rangers to apply for an AIM Listing as they think the penny packets of capital injected here and there with £1 million investments will just be swallowed up in the running costs at Ibrox.
It ‘s becoming clearer by the day that Sevco Rangers’ short-term survival probably hinges on season ticket sales and a bitter battle is taking place on Rangers fan web forums over whether to buy or starve Green out. Looking at the forums it is amazing the amount of fairly newly registered users the majority of them supporting Sevco Rangers and I am amazed there are any season tickets left with the amount declaring they have already purchased them. I smell that someone has organised a posting campaign.
Of course the more wily fans ask what they paid and what bank account they paid into and that’s when the fun starts. The Rangers support is in the process of tearing itself apart and the abuse heaped on Bomber Brown is almost at the level I used to heap on him when he was playing against Celtic.
But he says he is putting £40K of his own money into a fund to fight Sevco Rangers and tonight pulled of what might be a masterstroke by announcing that Barry Ferguson had declared for him.
Meanwhile other Rangers directors were locked in talks all day with the SFA and no details are available yet but we all know the main areas the discussion will be centering round such as who are the shareholders and, in particular, who is behind Blue Pitch Holdings which is currently the main shareholder with 23% of the capital.
But for all the heat and fury about the transfer embargo word on the streets is that it wouldn’t begin until September and then run for 12 months so it isn’t really the problems some are making it out to be.
Amazingly, the Zeus Capital website still states re Rangers: ‘An application has already been made by the company to register with the Scottish Football Association and to participate in the SPL.’
Obviously Groundhog Day – and to think that two Zeus directors sit on the Ibrox board and were representing Rangers at the SFA today and can’t change their out of date website. I always judge anyone I do business with on the attention they pay to detail especially in financial transactions. Guess I won’t be knocking on the Zeus door any time soon 🙂
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