20 June 2011 - 1:35pm | posted by | 11 comments

Rangers boss Craig Whyte to review how club deals with the media

Rangers boss Craig Whyte to review how club deals with the mediaRangers boss Craig Whyte to review how club deals with the media

The new regime at Rangers FC is taking a serious look at how it deals with the media –and the Scottish media in particular.

New owner, Motherwell-born Craig Whyte, makes this crystal clear in an interview with Tom English which appeared in yesterday's Scotland on Sunday.
 
Whyte, who has cleared out the Ibrox management old guard, and taken in new men, told English: "I knew about the intensity of the focus on Rangers but I didn't expect this. I thought I could stay behind the scenes quite easily but that is not the case.

"I didn't really think through the whole concept of walking around Glasgow getting stopped everywhere. I didn't think about that at all before I got involved in the deal. It brought it home to me that life in Scotland is not the same any more.



“The intensity is incredible. I've read things in the paper before even I know they were happening. Somebody can tell you something and within a couple of hours it's on the internet.

“Nothing I've ever been involved in compares to this. Weird. Very weird.



“Rangers, going forward, have got to have a much more co-ordinated media strategy. “We'll be looking carefully about who is to talk. We've all got to be on-message. There are far too many leaks coming out of Ibrox."


Pointed out English: "This was Whyte swinging from the lip, far more relaxed than he had been on the day of his arrival as Rangers' new owner, when he walked in there in a fairly self-conscious mode, not knowing what to do with all these people who were applauding him and calling his name and asking for his autograph. 



"That was only a few weeks back. He was cagey, then. But not now. Deep breath required here, because this was fairly full-on stuff. He was incensed the other day about a report in the Daily Record [by Keith Jackson] that claimed some kind of financial chicanery on his part, a scheme about season ticket money that could, in the words of the headline, turn Rangers into Scotland's version of the stricken Leeds United.”

According The Drum's sources, although Whyte will probably deny it, there was little doubt he punished  the Daily Recordwhen  on Friday he gave the Scottish Sun and The Herald  exclusive interviews on his decision to appoint  BBC Scotland soccer pundit and current Scottish Daily Express and Daily Star of Scotland columnist, Gordon Smith, as the club’s director of football.

He also gave the first  major exclusive interview to the  Scottish Sun’s head of sport, Iain King,  splashed across four pages yesterday, in the kick-off for  a series on Rangers which continued today (Monday)

Continued English: "The scrutiny of his every move is something that has taken him by surprise. He thought he was steeled for it, but he is honest enough to admit that he was not.

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Anonymous (not verified)
20 Jun 2011 - 14:23
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Does anyone in the media fancy asking Whyte where he got his money from and why he was so keen on purchasing a football club that is sitting on a 60m bill from HMRC?

Nah, didn't think so.

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Anonymous (not verified)
20 Jun 2011 - 17:18
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As rangers grip of old media weakens, time to circle the wagons. Curse those pesky Tims and their Tweets.

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20 Jun 2011 - 21:48
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There is no 60m bill from HMRC. There is an investigation in to payments made to players under Dick Advoccat. Whyte during the period before purchasing Rangers had this investigated by his own people and he is confident there was no wrong doing. Why did he purchase Rangers? 1 He is a fan 2 He is a businessman

Where did his money come from? He runs various companies who all file business accounts, so if you really want to know go and do your own research and don't rely on the "stories" you get in the papers

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Anonymous (not verified)
21 Jun 2011 - 11:10
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Move along Timmy, nothing to see here. Ra Bears are beyond reproach now get back on message!

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Anonymous (not verified)
21 Jun 2011 - 13:10
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John. Only two papers – the Telegraph and the Record have published stories that contained information beyond the fact that Whyte is a 'billionaire' from Motherwell. Both stories were pulled within 24 hours. Hay McKerron are working overtime to keep fans like you in the dark.

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Anonymous (not verified)
21 Jun 2011 - 14:27
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Working overtime and succeeding by the sounds of it.

Dare I suggest it's the old regimes manipulation of certain media outlets and journos that helped get Rangers into the mess they're in, in the first place.

Who can forget such gems as "for every fiver Celtic spend, we'll spend ten" or the almost weekly "Gers beat (insert Euro giants here) to signing of Ronaldo/Vialli/Guillit etc", under Murray's Chairmanship.

I wonder when the tale about a Casino, shopping mall, and apartments springing up in Govan will be re-heated?

Oh wait........

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Anonymous (not verified)
21 Jun 2011 - 14:48
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Ah the 700m 'Blue Heaven' story. Imagine printing that, twice!

Funny thing is, whilst the sacrifice of actual news stories and investigative journalism (anyone remember the Insight team at the ST?) for the sake of PR and churnalism may have allowed for cost cutting and short term gain, it is no doubt contributing to the current downfall of the printed newspaper.

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21 Jun 2011 - 16:00
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I am not the kind of fan who swallows every story printed in papers, or comes from the more reliable source...the taxi driver. Newspapers, especially the Daily Record need good relationships with both old firm clubs for the back pages and sometimes front. Clubs do have a right to take issue with journalists who go to print with details before checking their facts. As for Mr Whyte, he’s not used to the goldfish bowl scenario of Glasgow and the West but he will have to learn to deal with it. David Murray almost left Govan with not so much as a thanks for many years of running a club with a set of fans who demand much more than is really possible to give. Mr Whyte I fear will find that out also. As for the development around Ibrox, scoff if you think its a BS story but that will not stop people like Ellis “trying” to develop the area around Ibrox in whatever way they can. Funnily enough, in times of recession it’s amazing what councils will approve if the money is right.

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Anonymous (not verified)
21 Jun 2011 - 16:21
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David Murray sold Rangers for a pound, 18m in debt to Craig Whyte and Wavetower, and with a bill (call it an assessment or whatever you like, it's a bill) for 58 million to HMRC. David Murray is keeping out of the picture for good reason.

Why on earth would you trust Whyte over Bain, McIntyre or Johnston? It's just wishful thinking aided by a compliant media bending over to Whyte's PR goons.

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Anonymous (not verified)
21 Jun 2011 - 18:59
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John, what's the weather like on Fantasy Island?

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22 Jun 2011 - 09:30
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One things for sure, what you and I know is speculation. Purely based on what we read, what we hear and mixed in with your own opinions. I'm quite happy in Fantasy Land, things are looking much brighter these days and it beats Paradise any day of the week...even if it's pissin down ,0)

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