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THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING

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DAVE KING is insisting he is “very, very confident” of seizing power at Ibrox.

King has called for an EGM at the crisis club in a bid to topple the current board.

He needs the backing of 51 per cent of his fellow shareholders at the general meeting to succeed.

But the South African-based businessman today stressed he is certain he has the support he requires to oust the current regime.

The Glaswegian was joined by ex-skipper Richard Gough, merchant banker Paul Murray and former brewery boss Joe Gilligan as he spoke to the mainstream media in Glasgow today.

King will appoint himself, Murray and Gilligan to the board if he forces David Somers, James Easdale, Derek Llambias and Barry Leach out.

He said: “I am very, very confident. There have been some improvements on our side since we requisitioned the EGM.

“I am very confident we will get more than 50 per cent we need.”

The oldco director, who once apparently ploughed £20 million into the club, stressed there was substantial funding in place to get the SPFL Championship club on a firm financial footing.

He said: “There are plans already in place to bring in an experienced board and independent advisers with business expertise.

“We want to get a proper management in place and a proper board structure in place.”

King fronted a consortium that had a £16 million rescue package rejected. He added: “The funds that were offered in September are still there.

“It is not a question of driving Mike Ashley out. He is a shareholder and I have not got the sense that he is going to sell his shares.

“It is more important that we get a board in place that can help to drive the club forward.

“As a fan, I want to see the Rangers I know, the Nine-In-A-Row club, the dominant club in Scotland, back.

“I would like to think that every single season Rangers can start off competing with Celtic for the Scottish title and performing well in Europe.”

King of course had previous predicted liquidation for Rangers and was proved right. He also threatened to sue Sir David Murray over the loss of the £20 million invested in the old club. Interesting that he seems to have put this to one side as he plays to the galleries with a club continuation myth. Paul Murray too, as a banker obviously knows that the club died – no wonder Michael Ashley doesn’t take any of these people seriously!

 
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