written by – The Old Boy
So Ally McCoist has decided that he is not going to walk away without his £750,000 pay-off, at least not today. Could Ally be working in conjunction with other parties in an attempt to wrestle control from the existing board?
There has been a lot of noise from so called “Rangers Men” talking in such terms as there being a cancer that has to be cut out from the club in reference to the current board. Along with the other likeminded media types about how great a manager Ally is and how bad the current board is. Now without question, the current board prior to Mike Ashley getting his people in to do a clean-up operation was guilty of many things – willful financial ineptitude springs to mind as just one of a number of charges and I offer them no defence.
But if I wanted to carry out a coup in the boardroom at Ibrox, the manager would be the ideal inside man to create maximum chaos. Firstly let’s look at the timing of Ally’s resignation announcement on the eve of an important away game which would undoubtedly have an adverse effect on the team – which translated into another miserable defeat to Queen of the South. This further dented Rangers promotion hopes.
Why did he not announce his intentions after the match?
I am sure Ally has given the manager’s job his all but unfortunately that fell far short of ordinary and we now have the further prospect of even more woeful football and managerial ineptitude for the foreseeable future as long as he is the manager.
In another few, short month’s season ticket sales – the lifeblood financially of the club – come up for renewal.
What if Ally presides over ever more horror shows and by being in position blocks a replacement manager who might galvanise the current squad into a challenge for a promotion spot?
Even the playoff spot might be in danger with Ally still as manager.
The effect on the clubs finances would be catastrophic as fans would vote with their feet thereby squeezing the clubs cash flow to breaking point. Might we see Rangers heading for administration again and in that case who would benefit?
A possible scenario is that the so called “Rangers Men,” who apparently want to take over the club and who have certainly talked a good game but unfortunately for them were collectively unable to match Charles Green’s offer for Rangers, which I believe was in the region of five million pounds last time round. Might they feel they can Rangers at a knock down price?
As for Ally – in any new regime headed by “Rangers Men” I suspect Ally would be asked to stay on to continue his managerial career.
The Old Boy has been a season ticket holder for nearly forty years.