Further news from north of the border that could see more of Mike Ashley’s intentions revealed with regard to how he intends to make his influence at multiple clubs work.
At the last (and apparently final if Derek Llambias has his way) Rangers Fan Board meeting with Rangers Directors, Llambias said that Ashley’s intention with regard to his multiple dealings with clubs including Rangers, Newcastle, Oldham and others, was to take over the retail operations of as many clubs as possible.
This theory had already been put forward in a piece by respected writer Phil Mac Giolla Bhain, somebody who has published some excellent pieces on the Rangers mess and who has excellent sources that regularly come up trumps.
Phil Mac has also increasingly started to include the goings on under Mike Ashley at Newcastle and now has produced some more very interesting info/theories as to what is likely to happen moving forward.
Firstly, he reports that far from being concerned about the upcoming shareholders meeting aimed at ousting Mike Ashley’s allies from the board, the Newcastle owner is very relaxed about the whole thing.
The loan of £10m to Rangers by Sports Direct was in two parts, with the initial £5m swallowed up quickly, particularly because £3m of it went instantly to reply Ashley’s initial loan.
According to Phil Mac, the second £5m will have to be accessed very soon, with wages in the coming days possibly not being able to be met if the loan isn’t brought into play.
Many people appear to have forgotten that part of the loan arrangement allows Mike Ashley to nominate two people to be on the board…
So even if the likes of Barry Leach and Derek Llambias were voted off at next week’s shareholder meeting, then it is pretty obvious what would happen next. The smart money must be on some kind of agreement being reached before next week’s vote, if as appears likely that those against Mike Ashley and his people have enough support to vote the board off.
This morning’s resignation of James Easedale from the board could be just the first step in a rearrangement of the membership of the board.
However, for Newcastle fans, maybe the more interesting parts of what could happen in the months ahead are as follows.
In this latest piece, Phil Mac claims that given what has been outlined above in terms of them remaining in at least joint control at Ibrox, Barry Leach and Derek Llambias have already been given the go-ahead by Mike Ashley to start planning for next (2015/16) season.
It is claimed that within those discussions, they are seriously considering the possibility of Mike Ashley sending John Carver up to Ibrox to become Rangers’ manager/head coach next season. Temporary team boss Kenny McDowall is currently working his notice before he leaves, which is due to be January but obviously that could be brought forward or he may be retained to potentially work with Carver.
The possibilities of how Mike Ashley could make his multiple club influence work go even deeper with Phil Mac claiming that further loans have already been discussed, including Rob Elliot moving up to Glasgow, as well as a number of younger players.
However, in the case of the younger players, one strategy being looked at according to his sources, is for them to move to Rangers on a permanent basis but Newcastle United to get a major portion of any future sale of any player(s).