28 April 2013

The changing of the guard at Ibrox

by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

We've experienced a boardroom shift in the past days I don't believe many of us could have imagined just a short while ago. In what feels like one fell swoop both Charles Green and the mastermind of the purchase of Rangers Imran Ahmad will be shown the door.

As we reported yesterday, Imran will scoot, though the terms of that arrangement we're yet to hear. The rumors swirling that he was looking for a fairly sizable payoff for his 10 months on the job were disconcerting to say the least. We'll keep our collective eyes peeled for signs of how stuffed his final pay packet envelope looks.

And now we're at Malcolm Murray – who I would pin as a mostly known commodity to the Rangers support – Craig Mather and Brian Stockbridge left as the principles to guide the club. While fans still understandably have some uneasy feelings at this point, I must admit, I believe we're in good hands.

Word at the time Green was set to face the board over Pakigate and the Whyte charade was that Murray already had the votes needed to oust him if possible. It didn't come as a shock to me that Green opted to stand down in a last attempt to save face and, if we believe Imran, with a view of moving back onto the board in the future. (Bonus points for how golden Malcolm is on camera.)

Mather entered the scene post-takeover with what appeared to be one million pounds of his own money, or at least his company's money. While we've not seen the overhaul at Auchenhowie a lot of us had hoped for based on his CV, he does have a solid business track record and at the moment the only story the press has been able to dig up is a car crash some time ago.

And Stockbridge by all accounts from persons I've talked to knows what the fuck he's doing. If it weren't for him being in place I fear what our books would look like today. Plus, he seems to have time for fans with ideas, paid the same price per share as the punters, and has a young almost outsider's view for a what is traditionally an old boys business.

So we have three men, all of whom by this time know the club and its workings, all of whom seem to have put their own money in as opposed to someone else's, and all of whom have never indicated for a second that they're not here for something resembling the long haul, as opposed to our ex-CEO and his friend who from the start made mention of quick turnarounds and fruitful exits, long before woefully undersold rhetoric about waiting to hear the Champions League theme at Ibrox again crept into the mainstream.

Today, I feel good about the three left at the helm. That's not to say guards should be let down or that intense scrutiny is still not of the utmost importance. Let's face it, having an agent as the CEO of a football club doesn't sound great on paper.

But compared to the unease I felt under the guidance of Charles Green and Imran Ahmad, it's nice to feel like we have a set of men with a plan beyond the coming summer in charge.

Or, at the very least, three men who can fill out legal documents properly and stay the fuck off the forums.