Fair play to Rangers fans who aren’t letting Mike Ashley have it easy as he and his allies desperately try to keep control of the Glasgow club’s board.
Copying a trick John Hall and Freddy Shepherd used when at Newcastle, the Rangers board had moved their upcoming General Meeting to a Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London.
The United pair moved the NUFC AGMs to London after starting to get asked awkward questions once the club was on the slide and they were still taking out fortunes in salaries and dividends, despite the business losing money.
Similarly, Ashley and the Rangers board had moved their meeting over 400 miles from Ibrox as rival shareholder Dave King has proposed the removal of the board and with over 5,000 small shareholders, Chief Executive Derek Llambias and the rest of the Directors are desperate to stop as many of them attending as possible and/or voting.
However, Rangers have now admitted that they are having to look for an alternative venue (still in London!) as the Millennium Gloucester Hotel has pulled out of hosting the 4th March meeting
Rangers have blamed ‘complaints and false information’ which has led the Millennium Gloucester Hotel to believe it likely that there would be ‘disruption to guests and neighbours’.
With no sense of irony, the Rangers hierarchy have stated that
“The board apologises for any inconvenience!”
Maybe they should be saying that to the thousands of their fans who are also shareholders.
The Rangers board releasing the following;
“The hotel management at the Millennium Gloucester has taken advice from different quarters and concluded that the GM cannot be managed without significant disruption to guests and neighbours.
“The hotel management felt it necessary to take this position after receiving numerous complaints and false information from individuals purporting to be shareholders.”
Irresponsible and inaccurate media…;
“The board is concerned the situation was exacerbated by irresponsible and inaccurate media coverage.
“An alternative venue is currently being sought in the London area and will be announced as soon as possible.”
Of only Newcastle fans were in a similar position to Rangers fans and had some means of fighting what is happening at our club.
However, with Mike Ashley owning United 100% after Hall and Shepherd sold out to him and banked a fortune, the only option to make any kind of protest is to stop going to matches and that is far too big a step for most fans to take.
It will be interesting to see if any other London venue is prepared to step into the void…