The Rangers fans see Newcastle supporters as a soft touch and this has been summed up by the latest shenanigans north of the border.
The latest embarrassing behaviour in the running of the Glasgow club saw a double whammy for Mike Ashley and his main man Derek Llambias.
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Rangers had to make a public apology to both fans and shareholders for misleading information they’d put out concerning Derek Llambias’ ‘achievements’ at Newcastle United. With claims that he’d increased the turnover by tens of millions in his time at the club, which was patently untrue – you can read about it HERE.
On top of that, Rangers and Derek Llambias have scrapped the official Rangers Fan Board because they published minutes of their recent meeting with Derek Llambias and Ashley’s other assistant, Barry Leach.
What had been said by Llambias and Leach at the meeting with Rangers supporters was embarrassing for both them and the club. Nothing in the minutes was claimed to be incorrect but Llambias has still disbanded the official fan board AND threatened to sue them if they didn’t take down their facebook page which carried the minutes. You can read about that HERE.
Rangers fans though have refused to be bullied by Ashley, Llambias and the rest of their allies, with the members of the now banned Rangers Fan Board saying they are committed to carrying on the fight.
A member of that now banned Rangers Fan Board has now given the quotes below, rubber stamping the impression north of the border that Newcastle fans have let Mike Ashley walk all over them, with another 51,573 turning up to watch the Villa match despite the cynical manipulation of our football club by Mike Ashley.
The equivalent of the Rangers Fan Board, the NUFC Fans Forum have their latest meeting with Mike Ashley’s minions tomorrow (Monday) night and United fans will be looking for them to belatedly step up to the plate and hold the club accountable, something which they have failed miserably to do since they allowed the NUST (Newcastle United Supporters Trust) to be banned, for simply reporting what had happened at the first Fans Forum meeting.
With the club choosing which fans sit on the NUFC fans forum, it is up to them as a group to show that they aren’t just poodles willing to be used and abused by Ashley to legitimise what he is doing to our club, in return for keeping their place on the forum and complimentary chocolate hobnobs or whatever.
If they aren’t prepared to take the club to task and work as a unified group to avoid being bullied into submission, then they should all resign and publicly show the rest of the Newcastle supporters what a sham the whole thing is.
Speaking to Glasgow’s Evening Times, this is how one of the now banned Rangers Fan Board described the difference between what is happening at the two clubs and within the fanbases:
“They are trying to scare us into submission, but Rangers fans aren’t like that. We will get on with it. Llambias isn’t used to this, having been at Newcastle, but we won’t sit quietly.”
“We are not going to give up. This has fuelled us even more, like it has a lot of fans, especially with the EGM coming up.
“If Derek Llambias and Barry Leach had any support left, it has gone now. This has been really bad PR for them. The whole thing is ridiculous and so amateur.”
“We were seen initially as puppets for the board, but we have stood up to them, we had the vote of no confidence and released the minutes of the last meeting.
“The fans have respected us a lot more and they realise we are in it for the fans, not for the board. We are not going to take this lightly. It has put more fuel on the fire and we have been treated very poorly.”