Yesterday Bill Miller, the American who is now, possibly, the only bidder left for Rangers came out all guns blazing. He released a press statement making clear exactly where he stands on his bid, and what needs to happen for it to succeed. You can find the full statement here in the Scotsman. But I hope Mr Miller won’t mind if I offer my thoughts on it. (That is not a statement of self-importance – rather it is a joke, in case anyone takes it the wrong way.)
Mr Miller’s statement is in bold, with my comments underneath each section. Take it away Big Bill!
Full text of statement by American businessman Bill Miller on the Rangers takeover…
“I am making my proposal to takeover Rangers Football Club open, transparent and available to all those interested in Rangers future. Given all of the noise in the media from various sides of the transaction and given the numerous inaccuracies in much of what has been reported or intimated by others, I have decided the time has come to set the record straight and to issue a challenge to any would-be suitors of the club.
After the nine weeks since the administrators, Duff & Phelps, were appointed, there seems to have been a lack of openness and transparency. Well done Mr Miller for making a clear statement, directly to the fans and the “would-be suitors”.
“Most importantly, I am doing this now so that Rangers fans and supporters can judge my bid and plans for the club on their actual merits – rather than rumours and innuendo. There is no time left for empty promises and grand-standing. The time has come for all interested parties to either put up or shut up. Everyone involved has had their ‘15 minutes of fame’.
Good stuff Mr Miller – “empty promises and grand-standing”. We can’t be having any of that!
“Put up or shut up” – “15 minutes of fame”. I guess Mr Miller sees no role for Paul Murray, Brian Kennedy or Bill Ng in his vision of Rangers.
Bearing in mind that, at various times, each of those individuals seems to have been the fans’ favourite, it seems brave of Mr Miller to come out against them like this, especially the “Blue Knights” who are seen by many as the only “saviours” with the interests of Rangers at heart.
However, we seem to have a straight-talking, no punches pulled Yankee here. American owners are and have been active in English football, with the Glazers at Manchester United, Randy Lerner at Aston Villa, and Tom Hicks and George Gillett at Liverpool (the latter pair being proof that Americans don’t always make a success!) Continue reading