Monthly Archives: August 2012

Ally McCoist’s Managerial Foibles, the “Hinge Factor” and Rangers’ Downfall

In which I look at how little in the management philosophy of Ally McCoist seems to have changed over the last twelve months, even after all the upheaval there has been.

We travel by way of Napoleon’s soldiers failing to spike Wellington’s guns, Whittaker’s ball throwing and Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s prescience, from defeat in Malmo in August 2011 to a draw in Berwick in August 2012.

We also consider Mr McCoist’s attempts to build the biggest first team squad in Scottish football, and whether he is still trying to be an SPL manager in the rather different terrain of the SFL3.

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When historians look back at the demise of the Rangers Football Club PLC over recent years, one wonders how much of an eye will be cast upon Ally McCoist’s role?

Now, unlike the owners, he did not engage in financial recklessness, or establish legally debatable tax reduction schemes (we do not know if he benefited from one), or even decide not to pay any tax at all. However, he has had a part to play, where different decisions, even minor ones, might have made a huge difference. Continue reading

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The “Strong Leader” in Football – What Matters Most – The Role or the Achievements?

A new blog has recently emerged onto the field of Scottish football writing – The Rangers Standard.

As it says in its manifesto:-

“The Rangers Standard is a project aimed at promoting positive and innovative thinking about the club and its role in Scottish football and society.

This is an opportunity to examine the club’s history and development, re-claim neglected or forgotten parts of its heritage, and reflect on how the Rangers community develops from here and how that future might be shaped by the concerns, hopes and visions of committed supporters.

We will encourage debate on all aspects of the club and will not shirk from confronting the hard topics such as sectarianism, national identity, and misgovernment by the custodians of the club in the recent and not so recent past.

We welcome well-constructed arguments and spirited polemic: the contributions of non-Rangers fans will be accepted provided they are constructive.”

In its guidelines for those seeking to contribute it states:-

“4. In time we will accept articles from non Rangers fans but these must relate in some way to the club or issues surrounding it and must be constructive.”

The piece below was written for the Rangers Standard, but failed even to achieve the accolade of a rejection.  Whether it was too long, too short, too dull, too negative or insufficiently constructive I do not know. Nonetheless I wish the project well. You can never have too much good writing.

Sadly though I cannot add the Rangers Standard to Labour Hame, Scotzine, the Open Justice Project, the Helensburgh Advertiser (many years ago) and the Scottish Football Monitor amongst the places from where my words of wisdom have been inflicted on an unsuspecting world. Continue reading

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For Sevco’s £5.5m It Bought all Rangers’ Players, Fixed Assets, Goodwill AND £2.67m prize money

Those kind chaps at Duff & Phelps are scrupulous about fulfilling their duties, even where they have sold off all of the assets and business of Rangers Football Club PLC (In administration). Yesterday, with a non-existent fanfare, their latest Report was published, dealing with the six months (yes, it has only been six months) since they were appointed.

You can view the full Report here. Rangers – Progress Report – 24 August 2012

My plan is to do a couple of posts about it, but there is one issue which I have been going on and on and on and on about in my blog since February, I think!

The interests of the creditors.

It looks to me, as an outside observer, that there is no relation between the value of what Mr Green’s company acquired, and the price it paid. This is even more marked when the issue of money due to Rangers (in administration) is factored in, as these sums too were sold to Sevco.

As well as having a look again at “gratuitous alienations” I pose a quiz question regarding the value of the Rangers “history” which forms part of the goodwill, and the price paid by Mr Green for them. Continue reading

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If Not Armstrong, Who Won the Tour De France (Or Tour D’Utopia) From 1999 to 2005?

Lance Armstrong finished first, but, as long as the USADA gets its way, his wins will be stricken from the record.

The UCI does not seem to want to change the record books though. This issue could be fought tooth and nail through the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the coming months and indeed years.

I thought I would have a look at the seven Tours won by Armstrong and see who should succeed to the title.

I think most observers would agree that it would almost negate any value in having “caught” Armstrong if, for example, any of the titles passed to Jan Ullrich.

In the ideal world (which we all know does not exist) the UCI would want the “tainted titles” to go to riders whose reputations were unblemished – who had no issues about performance enhancing drugs, EPOs, HGH, blood doping etc. No mention of a rider below is to imply, in the absence of a “conviction” that they were a doper, but rather that they fall short, however slightly, of a squeaky clean and unblemished reputation. Continue reading

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The BBC has one of the Richest News Gathering Organisations in the World, and I have Ecojon!

I have huge respect and affection for the BBC. We are lucky to have an organisation of its calibre providing information and entertainment to us here in the UK.

However it is interesting to see the pace at which it moves, and the journalistic use of the word “revealed”.

Tonight, for example, in this piece Chris McLaughlin, BBC Scotland’s Senior Football Reporter, declares, under the headline ”Rangers: Ibrox club’s largest shareholder revealed” :-

“BBC Scotland can reveal that a Dubai-based businessman is currently the single largest shareholder in Rangers.

Arif Naqvi, chief executive of private equity firm Abraaj Capital, owns just under 18% after agreeing to invest £2m back in June.

Naqvi is the man behind Blue Pitch Holdings, but BBC Scotland understands that he has a personal holding in the club….

Other investors include Imran Ahmad … from Zeus Capital, who owns 9.8% ….” Continue reading

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