Speaking to the Rangers official website after yesterday’s defeat to Peterhead at Ibrox, Ally McCoist revealed his thoughts on the departure of Mr Green as CEO.
His quotes are below, with my comments in bold.
“I was a little bit taken aback when the news broke and I only found out when I came over to Ibrox from Murray Park.
A little taken aback! Mr McCoist is a man of equanimity. His CEO, pledged to stay at Ibrox till the Champions League theme blasted out over the ground – who had led his club to be “the most financially stable in the UK” (c) Imran Ahmad – had gone.
Ally was “a little taken aback”.
“My opinion on it hasn’t changed one bit in the respect that the most important thing always has and always will be the club.
Good for him. It is the club which is important. Not the company which owns the assets which make up the club, or even the company which owns all of the shares in the company which owns the assets which make up the club. As a matter of interest, who employs Mr McCoist? Is it the former Sevco Scotland Ltd or Rangers International Football Club PLC? If the latter, then that would suggest Mr McCoist and his colleagues have been through two separate TUPE processes (at least) in just over six months.
There seem to be some Rangers fans who, in the interests of the club, would like Mr McCoist to move his talents out of the dugout. But I am sure Mr McCoist would not agree.
“As disappointed as we are with today’s result those boys out there have done the job that was asked of them and that is taking the club to the next step.
You cannot fault him. After all the primary goal was promotion and that has been achieved. One can only beat the teams you play against after all, and Rangers, burdened by only having the second or third highest wage bill in Scottish football, battled bravely to overcome that hardship.
“It is now evident what we need to do to go to the next step again, we need to get a bit of freshness.
Freshness in the team? So the young players brought forward from Murray Park (remember by the way that Mr Green was going to change the name of the training ground?), a Murray Park which is under the control apparently of Craig Mather, new favourite to be Mr Green’s successor, are not “fresh” enough?
Or maybe it is the SPL players and the foreigners bought by Mr McCoist who have become stale in the Third Division?
I am sure I am wrong, but I do not recall many managers of SFL3 teams speaking openly about the need for wholesale changes to take the club through SFL2. But, as I have said, Rangers have unique challenges to face.
“What the club needs is to be totally cleansed to give ourselves an opportunity to move on. We need everything out in the open and hopefully this investigation will do that so everyone can see what has been going on and where we are going to go because we’ve not had a chance to do that.
“Totally cleansed”? That accepts that there is some stain or taint needing cleaned up. Does this suggest that Mr McCoist agrees with criticism of his erstwhile boss?
And it is not clear if the investigation will continue – after all, if Mr Green is on his way out, presumably with terms agreed, there is no longer the need for the investigation. Maybe though Rangers are happy to use some of the share float proceeds to have an investigation done which will lead to no action whatsoever. I suspect Mr Green’s agreement to go has come with a suitably detailed and lengthy compromise agreement, protecting him from any action by RIFC after his departure, and probably gagging him too. The latter might prove an intolerable burden for Mr Green, but liberal applications of cash might just do the trick!
“I am certainly half full rather than half empty and the job has been done this season.
Normally people refer to glasses being half full or half empty, so I am sure that is what Mr McCoist means.
“We can argue about how it was done but the bottom line is the boys have managed to do the job. Now all we would like, as coaches and managers, is an opportunity to take the team forward and hopefully we can do that next year.”
So Mr Green does not get a mention in the manager’s reaction to the CEO leaving. No statement of regret. No disappointment at not being able to continue their successful partnership?
Maybe at his next press conference someone could ask him how he got on with Mr Green?
The implications of Mr McCoist’s comments above suggest that his reaction to the Yorkshireman’s departure is “Good riddance!”
Posted by Paul McConville