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In a universe close to you, one side of a football club boardroom battle thought it would be a good idea to undermine the other side by accusing them of leaking company information.  The allegations of a leak [at Newco Rangers, in case you were unaware]were blazoned across The Sun today, who were shown “a copy of explosive minutes from the board showdown at Murray Park where Gers power-brokers voted to sideline (chairman, Malcolm Murray)”.

This is cringe worthy.  At what level of humanity does leaking [highly confidential]boardroom documents about an earlier alleged leak appear to be acceptable behaviour?

The Sun report the minutes from last week’s board meeting record:

“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.

“Given the concerns about confidentiality [no laughing now], credibility and professional conduct and the impact on regulators, a motion was proposed to remove Malcolm from the position of chairman and as director of the company following the completion of the investigation.

“It was decided that Malcolm should not attend to any duties in the meantime and would not be involved in the direction or detail of the investigation.

“The resolution was passed by a majority of shareholders.”

The campaign to blacken Malcolm Murray’s name has been underway for some months but you can ignore that, there are three points from the above worthy of note:

“Malcolm… would not be involved in the direction or detail of the investigation”.  Despite having the minutes, The Sun fail to clarify which investigation is being referred to, the on-going investigation by Pinsent Masons and Deloittes, or an investigation into Malcolm Murray’s behaviour.

As it was proposed to sack Murray as a director on completion of the investigation it’s unlikely the investigation is into his own behaviour.  Sentencing is usually reserved until after guilt is established.

The possibility that the minutes indicate Malcolm Murray will not be allowed to be involved in the direction or detail of the Pinsent Masons investigation renders the exercise pointless.  The investigation into links between Green and Whyte, with consequences for SFA membership, was at the insistence of Murray.  If the persons who removed him are now controlling the scope of his investigation, that investigation is moot.

The other interesting point is that the “resolution was passed by a majority of shareholders”.  I’m pretty sure this was a directors’ board meeting not a shareholders meeting.  It’s a curious comment to make its way onto the minutes.

By far the most concerning comment to be made on an SFA associate member’s boardroom minutes was:

“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”.

It is no business of the SFA whatsoever if a club chairman talks about its business outside the boardroom, the allegation here is of completely inappropriate behaviour by the Association, which makes it our business.

Who at the SFA is involved in this, what did they know, when did they know it, who told them and who did they speak?

Time for some leadership from the SFA board and some proper journalism, or would everyone rather play their part in the Great Football Swindle?

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  1. WeefratheTim on

    greenside

     

     

    Had my cartilage done about 10 yrs ago and that was painful enough. Speedy recovery kiddo.

     

     

    Weefra HH

  2. WeefratheTim on

    the bhoy jinky

     

     

    As big Jock used to say “it only takes a second to score a goal” drat. :))

     

     

    Weefra HH

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Squad member at best wi this blinkin’ phone!

     

     

    Well done THE BHOY JINKY….

  4. Ellboy - I am Neil Lennon, YNWA. on

    ‘Time for some leadership from the SFA board and some proper journalism, or would everyone rather play their part in the Great Football Swindle?’

     

     

    Paul, I think you already know the answer to that one.

  5. The Boy Jinky on

    Bmcuw and wee fra

     

     

    Im allergic to H …. im just a boy :)

     

     

    Glasgow celtic campions :)

  6. The Boy Jinky on

    Paul67

     

     

    Not sure why… but I get the impression theres a heed honcho at the sfa that you no likey ;)

  7. HenryClarson on

    Isn’t it odd that the SFA has its finger on the pulse to the extent that it can tip off Sevco directors about confidential matters in the Ibrox boardroom – yet the same SFA couldn’t smell any stink coming from the Ibrox boardroom’s player registration forms in the old days when Rangers (deceased) was still around?

  8. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on

    This is a total joke. The SFA are more concerned that no more scandal is leaked, rather than the actual scandals at ibrox. As you say Paul67, this shouldn’t be their concern.

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    I think you may be expecting too much of the SFA by asking them to answer such a question.

     

     

    They have as much to hide as the huns re the five-way agreement. It is very much in ALL their interests that this is kept quiet.

     

     

    After all,how would it look if it was revealed that Trifco were never awarded a licence at all?

  10. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Paul 67 –

     

     

    As I said on Friday night, pressure has to be applied on Ogilvie by our club.

     

     

    This stinks the place out.

  11. The Battered Bunnet on

    You are quite right Paul to point out the matter being supported by a majority of “shareholders”.

     

     

    This was not a shareholders’ meeting. It was a Directors’ meeting. Directors carry one vote each.

     

     

    Rather indicates that a majority of Directors did not support the proposal, and the two significant shareholders on the Board – Green and Ahmad including the proxies they hold – were outvoted.

     

     

    Unless there is a majority amongst the Directors, shareholders cannot exercise control of a company outside of General Meeting. We look forward to an interesting wee EGM to get the bloodletting underway.

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    the BOY jinky

     

     

    Oops,sorry.

     

     

    Easy mistake to make on here though….

  13. The Honest Cover-up on

    These leaked minutes about leaks from the Boardroom remind me of our old chum Geaorge Peat.

     

    “The culutre of inference and inuendo must stop”

     

    “Who are you talking about George?”

     

    “Well, you can make your own mind up about that”

     

     

    His “slightly vindicated” replacement Ogilve must be removed. I wish Alex Thomson would get back on the case. He is one of our few hopes of showing this abomination of a man up for what he is.

  14. Sink the Bismarck on film4

     

     

    A little like the sfa….they think they are untouchable…

  15. swatson Neil Lennon's 6ft skinny twin! on

    Paul,

     

     

    Should,

     

     

    ‘Time for some leadership from the SFA board and some proper journalism, or would everyone rather play their part in the Great Football Swindle?’

     

     

    not be asked of the biggest and most Influential club? Does our board know that most of their fans feel that we are being cheated? And that we want them to act where appropriate? Or are we hoping Turnbull does it for us?

  16. South Of Tunis on

    The good ole Fiscal Cliff / house full of excrement analogy fits Sevco nicely.

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