The latest humiliating twist in the Rangers saga for Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias has come late this Tuesday afternoon, with the board of directors’ dirty tricks campaign been brought to an abrupt halt.
Only this morning Rangers announced via the stock exchange that a new venue in London had been found for the crunch meeting, where rival shareholders are aiming to vote the board of directors out, including Mike Ashley’s men Barry Leach and Derek Llambias.
The original Millennium Gloucester hotel had pulled out after allegedly receiving pressure from Rangers fans not to host the event and in the stock exchange announcement, the Rangers announced the new venue as the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in…London.
Now only hours after being revealed as the new venue, a spokesman for the hotel group has stated:
“There is no question when it comes to the comfort and security of our guests and staff.
“We do not compromise on this and therefore the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel has declined the opportunity to host the proposed Rangers FC EGM.”
Having to now admit embarrassing defeat in their efforts to try and prevent fans being able to attend, the Rangers board have now accepted the meeting will indeed have to be held at Ibrox, rather than over 400 miles away in London.
A Rangers spokesman informed BBC Scotland:
“We are aware of the situation. There will be a statement in the morning, but we can confirm that the EGM will revert to Ibrox.”
The decision to try and hold the meeting over 400 miles from Ibrox was seen as a cynical move to prevent as many of the 5,000+ small fan shareholders attending and/or voting. The tactic a carbon copy of what John Hall and Freddy Shepherd did when they moved the NUFC AGMs to London to prevent as many fans as possible attending, as they continued to take out millions from the club despite Newcastle United losing money.
This latest shambles overseen by Llambias and the other Mike Ashley allies has coincided with the minutes being released by the Rangers Fans Board who are the equivalent of the Newcastle Fans Forum, at their latest meeting with club officials last Wednesday (11 Feb), the following question was put to Derek Llambias who attended, with his illuminating answer below. The former NUFC managing director admitting that the reason for trying to hold the meeting in London was to prevent small fan shareholding fans from attending, which is an absolute disgrace.
The Board intentionally and with malicious intent arranged the meeting outside Glasgow, especially at a place like London, so that fans and shareholders are not able to reach the venue?
“When we discussed the AGM, the behaviour of those at the AGM basically hijacked the meeting. It was a disgrace. We don’t want it to get hijacked again which is why it is in London however as EGMs are normally over in about 10 minutes and there is no platform for shareholders to ask questions like at an AGM, it is more of a procedural meeting.”
In that Rangers Fan Board meeting there was also confirmation by Derek Llambias of what Mike Ashley’s plans are regarding Sports Direct and his involvement at a number of football clubs, this can be read HERE.