written by – The Old Boy
Dave King, in his various interviews to the press, seems to be supremely confident that his group will have overall power at the club. Many fans will no doubt welcome this development however there emerged from his interviews in particular to the English based press some interesting responses to questions that were raised.
He was asked if he would be willingly to put Ibrox into some form of fans trust to ensure that never again could a company or individual place a security against the home of Rangers thus endangering its existence. His response was surprising in that he ruled that option out suggesting that all the assets stay under the one umbrella.
Another curiosity was his reaction to Mike Ashley in that Dave King and his supporters have actively called for fans to boycott Rangers matches and the purchase of merchandising on the basis that Sports Direct through the ownership of Mike Ashley was strangling the club commercially therefore his interests on the current board were bad for the club. Now we understand that Ashley, who has been portrayed as the bogey man of the club, is someone that Dave King and his associates could work with.
Furthermore Mr King’s associate Paul Murray stated that it could take Rangers four or five years to get back into competing for a Champions League place. There was vague talk of millions to be spent on Ibrox in terms of repair and maintenance which is a precursor for the fans to be told there is going to be a tight budget for a new manager. If he was really confident of success at boardroom level why has he not got any idea as to who he wants as the new manager?
The simple conclusion is that Dave King and his associates have only got deep enough pockets to gain control of the boardroom, maybe! Every bit of funding on the football side will be self- financed with season ticket sales from fans. Furthermore when Dave King was asked if he took control if he would immediately pay off the loans from Sports Direct of which his response was no in that he wanted to work with that bogey man Mike Ashley the conclusion being they do not have any significant funding beyond buying majority control.
Groundhog Day will come soon in the same way as Charles Green’s pleas to the fans to buy into a new era for Rangers. I expect the same rallying cry from Dave King to the fans spend, spend, and spend some more. In Dave King and Paul Murray, we have two former directors when Sir David Murray owned Rangers and that didn’t work out too well at the end.
I am not going to renew my season ticket this year whoever is in charge as I want to see how much of their own money is going to be put into the playing side for too long as fans we have been treated as cash cows it’s time for the suits to demonstrate goodwill.
The Old Boy has been a season ticket holder for nearly forty years.