However, I was wrong.
The Rangers-minded blogger, David Leggat, a man who has his inky fingers close to the Ibrox innards, had boldly predicted last Friday that Charles Green would survive this latest challenge. He then castigated award-winning journalist Keith Jackson for predicting that Green would fall – after all, as Mr Leggat made clear, Mr Jackson could not (presumably unlike Mr Leggat) have any reliable sources inside the Blue Room, else he would not have predicted the fall.
I make no claim of access to the inner sanctum on Edmiston Drive. My only visit to Ibrox was many years ago. It was to the wood-panelled offices, ascending the famous staircase, and in a professional capacity. I suspect that, by now, the batteries in the recording device I left behind might have failed.
However it seemed to me that, standing the storm surrounding Mr Green, it would be very difficult for him to survive.
I realise of course that, having read the statement produced tonight, I was wrong. My comments on parts of the statement are in bold.
Any prediction of his departure based upon the allegations made by Craig Whyte is completely wrong. The statement makes clear that this is the case, and who can disagree with it?
As the statement made clear:-
Whilst Mr Green strenuously denies any wrongdoing, he has recognised that this negative publicity is a distraction and is detracting from the achievements and reputation of The Club.
It is amazing how often we see people resigning, not because they have done anything wrong, but because their travails are a “distraction”. That has applied to politicians, clerics, business people and football managers. Mr Green now joins the long line of people who quit, selflessly, because of “distractions”.
One might however accuse the Board of being a little over-sensitive. After all, is this not the world’s most successful football club, and one called by the Finance Director only last week the “richest, best run and most stable” football club in the UK?
Either the accusations, notwithstanding the strenuous denial of guilt by Mr Green, are so serious that they over-shadow even the great achievements over 140 years, or this is a statement acting as a fig leaf to justify the Board getting rid of Mr Green.
A cynic might say that, after the events of the last couple of years (let’s ignore any debate about the previous 138 years), it might be hard to see how these latest accusations can damage the reputation more than what else has happened!
And after all, one would not want the achievement of winning SFL3 for the first time in its history to be overshadowed.
As a result, Mr Green has informed the Board that he will leave his post with immediate effect and leave the Company, following an orderly handover, by the end of May.
What will Mr Green be doing till the end of May if he has left his post, as CEO, with immediate effect? Is it rather the case that it has been agreed that, rather than give the required 3 months’ notice, Rangers will let him go after 6 weeks.
Rangers have taken steps to prevent him taking the secrets of the Ibrox board room elsewhere in Scotland (or at least to any top division club). As was stated in the RIFC Prospectus:-
Following termination, Mr Green is restricted for 9 months from, without consent, directly or indirectly being employed by any football club in the top division in Scotland as a chief executive or similar role, soliciting any director/senior employee/player/youth player to leave RFCL or employing a director/senior employee/player/youth player who was employed within the 12 months preceding the date of termination.
So, at least until the end of February 2014, he cannot be enticed to Tynecastle, Pittodrie or even to Celtic Park, to advise these teams on how to organise a successful stock market flotation. As we know on this site, Mr Green has a long record of being involved in share flotations which raise lots of money.
The Board has commenced the search for a new Chief Executive and expects the role to attract high quality candidates from both within and outwith the industry. A further announcement will be made in due course.
I will get the old CV run off – after all, I suspect I have a knowledge of the internal machinations of Rangers better than most – think of me as the “Pope Francis” candidate!
Malcolm Murray said, “Charles Green was instrumental in helping to secure financial stability for The Club. The impact that he had in turning The Club around from the dark days of last summer will never be forgotten by the fans who I am sure, like me, will thank him for this and for choosing to put The Club ahead of his personal position at this time”.
One would scarcely imagine that only a few weeks ago the rumours were rife that Mr Murray and Mr Green were at daggers drawn with each other. The rumours that they were engaged in a struggle for control of the Boardroom from which only one would emerge intact were clearly false. After all, how could Mr Murray speak so generously about an enemy?
It has already been suggested that there is a bit of subliminal marketing going on in this statement. As we see in the two sentences from Mr Murray, there are three mentions of “The Club”. It gets a few more airings too.
One should also praise Mr Murray for the economy of language. After all, Mr Green has saved the football club Mr Murray and many thousands, nay millions, of others loved. To sum his achievements up therefore in two sentences, when clearly Mr Murray would have wanted to talk at great length, is masterful.
Anyone who suggests that two sentences as thanks for saving the club, sorry The Club, is grudging would clearly be wrong, and indeed intent on causing trouble.
Charles Green said, “Recent events have undoubtedly been a distraction for both myself and all involved with Rangers and I feel that it is appropriate that I step down so that The Club can continue to progress back to where it belongs at the pinnacle of Scottish football.
“I am very proud to have been associated with a club of the stature of Rangers and am proud of the achievements of The Club during my tenure as Chief Executive. My thanks go to the Rangers fans, whose support has been tremendous during my time at The Club.”
Three mentions of The Club in three sentences.
Mr Green says that he is stepping down as a result of the “distraction”. But this is an act of such generosity and self-sacrifice that, surely, the Rangers Board have a duty to refuse to accept his resignation. After all, whilst we do not know what the outcome is of the independent investigation commissioned by the Board is, or indeed whether it has concluded (or even started) there is no doubt that the Chairman would not have spoken with such high praise of his departing CEO if there was any evidence of wrong-doing.
Mr Green swore he would be at Ibrox over many years, and would not leave until after the strains of the Champions League theme were once more player across Ibrox’s hallowed green turf.
So, as a last gesture to him, let us listen to the music which would have been undoubted proof of his success at the most successful club in history!
All it remains to say is sorry to Mr Green for suggesting he would leave because of his actions. Instead, cementing his Businessman of the Year award, he has made the decision to go, when he could have stayed to clear his name.
Posted by Paul McConville