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You Asked, Now You Know

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 1, 2013 by BMC Rangers Rants

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“I’ll wait till the accounts come out” 

This is the line I have had repeatedly thrown at me during my various rants on the folks running our club.

Well today they are out for all to see, And as expected it doesn’t look good.

Basically the club has lost in excess of £1 million a month (as I and others stated would be the case) and the IPO money is all but gone. We had a player wage bill of £7.8 million and Non playing staff wage bill of £10 million. All this whilst in the bottom tier of Scottish football. Most teams we took on were filled with gardeners, window cleaners and teachers some of which actually beat us deservedly. But still Rangers have managed to have just about blown the lot. 

Charles ‘Rangersitis’ Green has been paid nigh on £1 million for his 13 months ‘work’. Not bad work if you can get it. Come through the door, promise much and deliver very little. Embarrass an Institution and sale off with £ 1 million. Good work Chuck.

Ally McCoist wage is £835,000. Again absolutely ludicrous. Regardless of his name to pay a manager with no actual managerial experience anything like this wage whilst in the bottom tier of Scottish football is absolutely insane (there is a pattern developing here) 

Clearly the club motto has been ‘SPEND SPEND SPEND’

When Rangers won SFL 3 we won it by 24 points. At the time I alluded to the fact that QOTS had won promotion from the league above in a quicker time and some would say with better football. Their total costs were £300,000. Rangers wage bill alone was £7.8 million for playing staff. Again just look at the numbers. Of course I am not suggesting we could of ran Rangers with £300,000, But did we really need to spend what we have?

When the IPO money was raised we were given a list of what the £22.5 million would do. Myself and others wanted the money to be used for the clubs foundations for the future. Scouting, Coaching, Match day experience were all things we looked forward to seeing the money spent on. As each month passed I asked and asked again ‘what was happening with the IPO money?’ check my previous blogs if you don’t believe me. I repeatedly stated my concern that this IPO money was being used for operating costs day to day and not much else. Well past the acquisition of Edmiston House and a couple of jumbo screens I think again sadly I have been proven right. 

Looking through the accounts released today I see little or no investment from Chuck Green and his gang. But then am I surprised? Not really.

As of June there was meant to be in excess of £10 million sat in the bank. Well we have operated at a loss of in excess of £1 million a month since Green and his gang took over so I’m not sure there will be more than say £7 million left? Remember the losing £1 million a month was another thing folk made up who wanted change? No that was true as well.

So what now?

Well I will make it as clear and precise as I can.

CRAIG MATHER – OUT

BRIAN STOCKBRIDGE – OUT

IAN HART – OUT

SANDY EASDALE – OUT

JAMES EASDALE – OUT 

BRYAN SMART – OUT 

This simply cannot be allowed to go on. In their tenure this mob have literally spent just about every penny of the clubs and fans money whilst doing nothing more than wearing a club tie and lining their own pockets. It’s really that simple. Mather today speaks about lucrative sponsorship deals with Puma, Sports Direct, Ladbrokes etc. They aren’t ‘lucrative’ at all and certainly do nothing to assist in the ludicrous running costs of our club. In one year in SFL 3 these guys have spent just about 2 seasons worth of season ticket money and £22.5 million of IPO money and they claim to be doing a ‘good job’? In business I have been part of these guys would of been escorted off the premises for gross negligence. There is no investment from these guys coming. Their spin doctors can say what they like. £50 million cheques? Aye okay, signed by who? Mickey Mouse?

IT NEEDS TO STOP.

Jim McColl and others are trying to stop them. They have tried to get people in to have a look under the bonnet of the operation. But clearly this current regime know that Frank Blin would of found in car terms what you would call a ‘write off’. Now people can argue all day and night whether they want Paul Murray and others brought in but the facts are we need change. I don’t see anyone throwing money at this until the current regime are removed and some find that tough to understand, which is fair enough. I imagine Dave King has money to invest but in Rangers, Not in these clowns pockets. The club business model (I doubt there is one) has to be ripped up and we need to be far more financially prudent. We overspent when in the SPL and it appears we still haven’t learned following what happened nearly 2 years ago. This is not about Ally McCoist, the players, the board or anyone else ultimately. This is about the future of Rangers Football Club. Costs need cut and we need a proper plan. Investment will be required again but we need the right Captain steering the ship. We need our money going to Rangers, not elsewhere.

It is great to see a mobilisation of fans in the form of the ‘Sons Of Struth’ group and I wish them well in their quest and I hope more fans join them in trying to cleanse our club. The time for change is now. We need our club back before it is too late.

 

‘FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU; FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME’

 

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Rangers Family – United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 28, 2013 by BMC Rangers Rants

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Now really isn’t the time for ‘I told you so’, So I won’t attempt it as right now its not really the priority. The priority is the future of Rangers Football Club. You know the thing you, I and most others reading this blog proclaim is the love of their life.

Anyone who reads my blog regularly or follows my ‘rants’ on Twitter will know I did not trust Charles Green and his group 1 iota. You see I have worked in sales, I’m sure many have. Charles Green said what people wanted to hear, along with some ‘astronomical bullshit’ Now in sales as in life that will work for so long but at some point the lies and unfulfilled promise will catch up with you. And thats exactly what happened with Charles ‘Rangersitis’ Green and his pals. Along with some spectacular own goals from a man who just could not keep his mouth shut. I was told by a friend in finance circles back when the IPO was in full flow that the City Investors were already growing tired of Charles bumping his gums. Apparently when he appeared on Scotland tonight and declared the figures of shares that had been bought he caused a lot of displeasure as it was said to have then slowed up sales as people started to think we had plenty sold. At the time Green was successful in his bid to acquire Rangers I remember having many private conversations with Bears I respected who were adamant that Charles Green would be bad for Rangers. Now somewhere along the line these same folks opinions appeared to change. It appeared Chuck worked his magic and I for one was massively surprised at the turn around of some. All along I said I would never fully trust an owner of Rangers and why should I after what we had witness when Craig Whyte came to town? Yet some were happy to take Charles Green at his word. It baffled me being honest. What was said in these meetings with the ‘select few’ that made fans, fans groups and forums etc. change their tune and start backing Green to the hilt? Charles did his road shows which looking back people should really be embarrassed at the way they took all his bullshit in hook, like and sinker. The man was hero worshipped as the man who saved Rangers. This was something I never bought into. I still believe as it always is it was the fans who saved our great club. On Twitter and on my blog I repeatedly asked for substance. What have we spent of the IPO? What have we spent it on? What do we have left? Where is Charles up to on his ‘To Do’ list? I was repeatedly told I was worrying about nothing by most. Charles was the man who saved Rangers after all.

Well now we are where we are. Over a year in the bottom tier of Scottish professional football we have somehow spent in excess of £46 million and are set to be running out of money by Christmas depending on who you speak to. It is absolutely disgusting that this has been allowed to happen so soon after what we went through when Murray sold to Craig Whyte. Change has to happen and it has to happen NOW. 

An EGM has been requested and at current is being delayed because our current board do not want to waste club money of approximately £80,000 when we have our AGM so soon. YES YOU DID READ THAT CORRECTLY. These idiots who have overseen £46 million out the door want to save £80,000 whilst preserving their jobs with the Rangers cash cow a little longer. It disgusts me, I sincerely hope it also disgusts you.

My stance is this. I want them all gone. Every single one of them

Mather- If he didn’t invest £1 mil he wouldn’t be chief executive, out of his depth.

Ian Hart- If nothing else voted against Walter Smith when vote took place to reinstate Green. For that alone go and go now. 

Brian Stockbridge- The Financial Director who is better recording videos on his phone than having an actual idea of what money the club has left.

James Easdale- Him and his brother should have no involvement with Rangers, Period. Seeing him in a club tie literally makes me feel sick.

We are repeatedly told we need ‘cleansed’ and we do. Every one of this Board should be removed and hopefully via the EGM or AGM  that will indeed be the case.

Then we have the Rangers Family.

What you see right now across most social media is honestly quite embarrassing, I’m sorry but there is no other way to put it. On the day it was announced that Charles Green was leaving Rangers RangersMedia had a thread regarding this positive move for the club, By early evening it had reached 28 pages. However much to my amazement the article above titled ‘Chris Graham- Why The Hatred’ had actually reached 30 pages. I was literally speechless.

You see at a time where the Rangers Family should be stood together as one it appears we just cannot get past our own differences. This isn’t an isolated thing. Look on Twitter, there are fans arguing amongst each other regularly. There are fans forums who continually have a pop at each other and the people who write on their forums. There are fans groups who probably couldn’t agree that tomorrow is Thursday. I’ll be honest I find it incredible. At a time when Rangers existence is once again at risk it appears it is more important to say “you don’t speak for me” as opposed to actually saying “what can we do to help the club we love?”.

People who read my blog will know I don’t think Fan ownership is viable and I stand by that partially due to the reasons I have given above. There is such a divide that I just don’t see changing. However regardless of that I recently joined the Rangers Supporters Trust. I joined it not because of the desire to have fan ownership, not because of the admiration for its spokespersons. I joined it because I want the fans to have a voice. What is the point of me tweeting daily and writing a blog if I am not willing to try and do anything else? So I joined and I hope to see first hand some of the initiatives that the RST are trying. Because I want things to be better for Rangers. Will me joining the RST make any great difference in the grand scheme of things? Probably not. But can it do any harm to the club I love? Most certainly not. 

I don’t know Chris Graham, I don’t know a lot of people whose opinions are regularly put out in the public domain. But you know what? They don’t claim to speak for all Rangers fans. They give their opinion and it is up to you whether you take it on or board or not. No one forces anyone to follow a twitter account, listen to a podcast, read a blog, It is your own choice. It is always easier to criticise than put your head above the parapet and give your own opinion whether it be right or wrong. But all these guys want what is best for Rangers, should they really be chastised for it?

Hopefully one day in the near future Rangers will be back where we belong on a sound financial footing with a great future ahead of us as the most successful club in the world, being ran by the right people with Rangers interests at heart first and foremost. But if looking back all you did during this period was criticise anyone who dared voice their opinion on the situation at Rangers? Well you didn’t really do much to help, Did you?

United We Stand, Divided We Fall.