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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. twists n turns on

    Proudbhoy

     

    Oh I see. There are a few on you tube but the quality is very poor. Difficult to hear Neil. I’ll have a scout around mate

  2. HenryClarson on

    Auldheid –

     

     

    The problem I see with petitioning William Hill to do the honourable thing is that their CEO is Ralph Topping.

  3. The Moon Bhoys on

    Whenever I think of the SFA, this phrase springs to mind….”If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then its probably a duck”….this is where we are with the SFA, in plain sight of everyone they have spun a masonic web of protection tight around Sevco and will protect them ad infinitum. If we ever want Sevco exposed for the bunch of Charlatans they are, we first of all have to remove the SFA and ensure they are not replaced with another masonic bunch of diehards. Of course, easy to say…

  4. charliebhoy

     

     

    13:50 on 13 May, 2013

     

     

    Funny things that you pick up when least expecting it.just like the young ones questioning the lyrics of cliffs living doll “fy my soul?” I from childhood(now52) questioned the words “foam align”one of those petty wee things that never gain enough importance to search for an answer.lo and behold auldtim(?) Posts on the last thread “foe malign”and there you have it my 40 odd year old question answered thanks auldtim made at least my day…..tho what’s that fy my soul all about? H H

     

     

    Charliebhoy

     

     

    I believe Mr Richard also promoted the idea of forced imprisonment of women in that song. “I’m gonna lock her up in a trunk, so no big hunk can steal her away from me”.

     

     

    Shocking! The song should be banned!

     

     

     

    Then he had a hit with ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’, no wonder

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PHILBHOY

     

     

    Would be very grateful for an update,just shocked that it is not good news.

     

     

    My best wishes to all concerned.

  6. Kilbowie Kelt on

    Dae ye mind when we won Division Three ?

     

    We were as happy as could be.

     

    We danced & sang to show oor glee,

     

    The day we won Division Three.

     

     

    Durrum a doo & durrum a dee, durrum a doo oan yer daddy’s knee.

     

     

    Durrum a doo & durrum a dee, the day we won Division Three.

     

     

    WE ARRA PEEPUL.

  7. !!Bada Bing!! on

    McCoist knew he was throwing down a marker for any future critisism/akward questions,by “wanting names” a few months ago.He knew this omnishambles would be a long drawn affair,so guys in positions of power don’t want death threats and MI5 guys briefing them on opening their mail.They are a gang ,and it doesn’t look like embdae is asking them for a “square go”.

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

    Auldheid,

     

     

    Do you think Celtic should get involved?

  9. emusanorphan

     

    14:41 on

     

    13 May, 2013

     

     

     

    Funny thing is I wondered for years myself what a foam align was. Thought it was a variety of Cremola Foam for years.

     

     

    Still do not remember when I found out the right spelling :)

  10. WeefratheTim on

    Bada

     

     

    And now the Kray twins are wanting in on the act. How very fitting. They deserve each other.

     

     

    Weefra HH

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Just noticed on my Ladbrokes losing FA Cup final slip,losing bets returned as a free bet if Man City didn’t win,hope it helps someone else :)

  12. WeefratheTim on

    Bada

     

     

    Was snowing in ML10 earlier. No trying to steal Jobos thunder (pardon the pun)

     

     

    Weefra HH

  13. swatson Neil Lennon’s 6ft skinny twin!

     

    14:53 on

     

    13 May, 2013

     

     

     

    Depends on what they want, what they really really want. You know the saying, “hold your friends close but your enemies closer”?

     

     

    Sometimes you put up with stuff to achieve a more important goal.

  14. unionbearBhind on

    proudbhoy

     

     

    my son used a gizmo called slingbox in aus it gave him all uk channels there are also ip add changers that do similar, if you hook them up to a recorder with timer you can watch any time

     

     

    HH

  15. Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly on

    Borgo 67

     

     

    D.I.S.C.O ?

     

     

    D isgraceful

     

     

    I nterference by

     

     

    S inister

     

     

    C ampbell

     

     

    O gilvie

  16. anyway, Cliff and the Shadows were part of my introduction to ‘pop’ music as well as Del Shannon

  17. Is there anyone in the least surprised at the complicity of the SFA in fighting the cause of RIFC,Sevco,(5088 and Scotlandltd.)or whatever name they are?

     

     

    The only surprised is the desperation of the Ibrox Protagonists to expose the SFA, in this manner, in their struggle for control.

     

     

    The SFA was always the main player, football wise, in this scandal.

     

     

    Yet, Hampden Park will be packed to the gunnels a week on Sunday, with football supporters of Hibs and Celtic.

     

     

    Why?

     

     

    Is it more important to support their clubs in one game, albeit a cup final, or to publicly expose a corrupt organisation.

     

     

    Surely, for the future of the game in Scotland, the SFA have to be brought down and their corruption exposed to the widest audience.

     

     

    I know this is a bold statement, but, here goes.

     

     

    To attend an SFA sponsored game is to be complicit in the shame and scandal of Scottish football.

     

     

    Our club can’t refuse to compete, but our highly motivated support, for the first time in their lives, could have performed a meaningful protest for the world to see.

     

     

    An opportunity missed.

  18. Hmmmm!

     

     

    “The SFA mentioned to the acting Chief Executive………….”

     

     

    When was this “mentioned”?

     

     

    Was this in an official SFA communique? Or was it just “mentioned” casually down the lodge one night, you know, one brother to another and all that?

     

     

    Seems strange that someone from the SFA wants to get involved in the plot to oust the only person at the dead club who seems to be wanting to do things the right way, and at the same time have him removed from any involvement in the on-going ‘independent ‘ investigation.

     

     

    What are they afraid of?

     

     

    Who could it be I wonder?

     

     

    Who at the SFA stands to lose the most when Pandora’s Box is opened?

     

     

    Could it be the same person who stood idly by, while thems shafted the whole of Scottish Football with their cheating ways? Pity the same governance wasn’t shown then!

     

     

    What have the SFA got to hide, and what are they afraid of being disclosed?

     

     

    Come on Thommo & Phil, ask the questions, cos none of the churnalists up here will!

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    RON BACARDI

     

     

    My grandparents had a similar introduction to music…….

  20. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    !!Bada Bing!!

     

     

    Stuck a tenner on Wigan on the way home from the match. Just thought it was a good day for Tims and maybe Heid, McCarthy and Wee Shaun would benefit too.

  21. HenryClarson

     

    14:47 on

     

    13 May, 2013

     

    Auldheid –

     

     

    The problem I see with petitioning William Hill to do the honourable thing is that their CEO is Ralph Topping.

     

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    I did not know that but that makes it possibly even more powerful in that he has a chairman and they are committed to proper governance as follows.

     

     

    Board.

     

     

    The Board of William Hill remains committed to high standards of corporate governance, which we consider to be central to the effective management of the business and to maintaining the confidence of investors. The Corporate Governance section of the Annual Report describes how we achieve these standards and comply with the UK Corporate Governance Code 2010.

     

     

    The Board

     

     

    The Board comprises six Non-executive Directors and two Executive Directors who are collectively responsible for the long-term success of the company. The roles of Chairman (Gareth Davis) and Chief Executive (Ralph Topping) are separated, clearly defined and approved by the Board. During 2011, the company satisfied the UK Corporate Governance Code requirements that at least half of the Board, excluding the Chairman, should comprise Non-executive Directors determined by the Board to be independent. David Edmonds is the Senior Independent Non-executive Director. The proportion of women members of the Board currently stands at 25%.

     

     

    Topping would surely want to distance his company and protect their shareholders from association with an Association that is damaging a business that William Hill are investing in?

     

     

    Any petition would be addressed to the Chairman amd use the above statement on governance.

  22. unionbearbhind

     

     

    15:00 on 13 May, 2013

     

    proudbhoy

     

     

    my son used a gizmo called slingbox in aus it gave him all uk channels there are also ip add changers that do similar, if you hook them up to a recorder with timer you can watch any time

     

     

    HH

     

     

     

     

    Sounds well out of my technical league

     

     

    Will tell one of the mates thou..he knows how to do all that.

     

     

    Cheers

  23. Livibhoy

     

     

     

    Ah! The knuckle crunching incident caught on camera……..of course!

     

     

    But I thought Myth was on Murray’s side?

  24. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS 15:04 on 13 May, 2013

     

    RON BACARDI

     

     

    My grandparents had a similar introduction to music…….

     

     

    ————————————————————-

     

    I am an oldie, pre-Beatles time, but still like many current artists

  25. Charliebhoy

     

     

    ‘Living Doll’ was No.1 when I was born!

     

     

    I believe, therefore, that I comply with the current CQN demographic !

     

     

    BorninthefiftiesCSC

  26. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    C1st- Franco robbed him of Eurovision glory.

     

     

    So it wasn’t just the Catalans and the Basques that suffered under el Caudillo.

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