I wrote last night about the sad end (or is it) to the relationship between Mr Green and Rangers.
But, as regular readers know, I delight in finding nit-picking inconsistencies which might (but probably don’t) signify something bigger.
Ladies and gentlemen, can I offer you the Rangers website statement and the Rangers Stock Market announcement regarding Mr Green’s departure?
THE Board of Rangers Football Club has issued the following statement today.
Following a Board meeting this morning the Club’s directors decided to terminate the consultancy agreement with Charles Green. The decision was unanimous and takes effect immediately.
Following today’s Board meeting a discussion was held between CEO Craig Mather and Charles Green. The result of those discussions is that the consultancy agreement between Rangers and Mr Green has today been terminated by the Company with immediate effect.
So, according to Rangers on its own site, the Directors decided unanimously to terminate Mr Green’s consultancy. It might seem slightly odd to say that the Directors decided to dispense with Mr Green after the meeting – maybe it would have been decided during the meeting?
But the Rangers statement which, after all is the one it wants its fans and customers to read, makes it clear that the Board united to sack Mr Green, thus emphasising the unity referred to in the rest of the statement.
But what did the Stock Exchange announcement (intended for investors and potential investors) say?
According to that Mr Mather met Mr Green after the Board meeting. It was as a result of these discussions that that the agreement was terminated.
So what really happened?
If the Board had decided to wield the axe, what was there for Mr Mather and Mr Green to “discuss”? Could it be the case that he was agreeing a pay-off from Rangers?
If that is the case, then it might lessen the PR advantages of being seen to get rid of Mr Green. If he has been dispatched with nothing, then why not mention that?
Clearly the Stock Exchange announcement is accurate – misleading the Market would be unthinkable.
Therefore the website statement is intended to act as the “spin”.
Maybe if Rangers still used Jack Irvine and Media House, they would not have “spun” this so blatantly!
Posted by Paul McConville