Ecojon posted this as a comment, but I think it is worth a full post, as I sit here watching the rain batter down against the windows of Paisley Sheriff Court.
Take it away Ecojon!
BOMBSHELL documents show how outraged Rangers directors accused chairman Malcolm Murray of spilling sensitive information on the club.
It would appear that the smear campaign to force Malcolm Murray out the door continues apace. What is particularly fascinating is that he is accused of ‘leaking’ by someone presumably very close to the Rangers International Board who has leaked the board minutes. A leaker leaked on the alleged leaker so to speak
But the real bombshell in the leaked minute is the involvement of the SFA in the private affairs of one of its member clubs. The Rangers board minute stated: ‘The SFA mentioned to the acting chief executive (Craig Mather) that the Rangers board situation needed addressing as the SFA understood information was leaking from the chairman’. Continue reading
According to the Rolls of Court, a Commercial Court action between Craig Levein and the SFA will have a preliminary hearing on Wednesday 6th February (tomorrow).
It is due to call before Lord Woolman between 10.30 am and 11 am.
Normally at this stage it would not require the attendance of Mr Levein, but instead would be a hearing to determine further procedure in the case.
Mr Levein is represented by Dundas & Wilson, and the SFA by Burness, Paull & Williamson. Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about reconstruction and what I would do if parachuted into Hampden. Here are a few suggestions that Mr Doncaster et al are free to act upon. Although, further advice will be charged at my usual rate of pies and beer!
The first problem I see is that the SFA/SPL/SFL execs are caught is the classic exec conundrum – things are going tits up on their watch and things must be turned round quickly and dramatically without losing face – or their jobs. Their instinctive solution is dramatic re-structuring – WRONG.
You see it in big organisations all the time. Re-structuring lets you start at year zero, resetting all the inconvenient measures and metrics. But does it create a better business– usually not – but often the execs responsible move on before reality bites again.
The key questions for the execs are
- how did we get in this mess
- what did we do
- why didn’t it work
- what are we not understanding
- where will our current trajectory take us
- what is a reasonable and realistic alternative outcome? Continue reading
A flurry of activity on the official Rangers website with Charles Green’s reaction to proposed League restructuring in Scotland. I will look at one aspect of it for now. As you will see it indicates how quickly things can move in the business world, and how unforeseen developments can possibly de-rail vital financial planning.
Mr Green is quoted here, under the balanced headline of “Gers Should Quit Scotland” as saying:-
“I haven’t read anything other than what is in the press and if that is what we have sat here eagerly awaiting to transform Scottish football, my advice to the board of Rangers is the quicker we can leave Scottish football the better.
“I can’t see anything that is going to transform the finances, the status or the excitement.”
“On first glance, of course, there is nowhere for us to go because FIFA have made their feelings known on cross-border leagues.
“However, we have noted the comments of Standard Liege recently and what Peter Lawwell said at his AGM a few weeks ago when he discussed the changes in Europe.
“Hand on heart today there isn’t an option but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start looking for an option.
“If all we have to look forward to over the next four years is more madness then we would be failing as directors not to explore the alternatives.” Continue reading
Back in March 2011 a new blog appeared on the Internet – Rangers Tax Case
The soon to be award winning blogger wrote, in his first post:-
“My motivation to write is born out of the willful ignorance of the Scottish media on this story. While they reprint unbelievable PR fiction related to Rangers as news, Scotland’s Fourth Estate has gone to great efforts to ignore the tax story.”
That unquestioning press coverage became tagged with the phrase “Succulent Lamb”. One of the prime purveyors of such lamb was seen as James Traynor of the Daily Record.
Since those far off days in 2011, many things have changed, and in the football arena no one could have predicted where Scottish football and the Ibrox club would be now.
Reassuringly though some things never change. Remember that RTC was concerned with the Scottish media printing “unbelievable PR fiction related to Rangers as news”?
Today’s Daily Record has the following piece under Mr Traynor’s by-line. My comments are in bold.
CHARLES Green has scrapped plans to make a quick Ibrox exit and vowed to stay on until Rangers are back in the Champions League. The man who took the club from the scrapheap admitted last night that he has become so attached to Rangers that he can’t walk away. Continue reading