Posts Tagged ‘daily record’

Rangers investor Mike Ashley bought naming rights of Ibrox Stadium for just £1

Friday, September 5th, 2014

For a change, most of Scotland’s media were running to catch up with the Daily Record’s Keith Jackson yesterday over the story in which he revealed that the former Rangers director Charles Green had sold the naming rights to Ibrox stadium two years ago for just £1, to the Newcastle United and Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.

The sheep simply trundled along with the herd as the story was drip-fed to the media by Green and the Easdale brothers – including the BBC, who really should know better.

However, later in the evening on Thursday 4th September, the BBC Scotland journalist Jim Spence said something on their nightly Sportsound programme that caught the Monkey’s attention:

“Who stands to benefit from this?”

Not even Jackson asked this question in his “exclusive” story, yet it is the single, most important question that needs to be answered – and with the exception of Spence, no-one has bothered to raise it.

Jackson’s story, by comparison, reads like a distraught, emotional plea on the part of the so-called journalist for Ashley “not to press the button on renaming Ibrox”.

It’s a fundamental problem for an individual like Jackson to investigate and report objectively on the club he clearly loves.

The basic conundrum for him is that anything he prints has to be commensurate with the Daily Record’s commercial requirements to sell advertising space and punt newspapers, while perhaps being of interest to the public – but Jackson is simply incapable of doing it because it would require him to cause harm to his favourite club.

The consequences for him would be a reduction in his access and sustained attacks from the club’s supporters.

His credibility as a journalist does not enter the equation, because he simply has none – yet his peers in the Scottish media repeatedly, and quite astonishingly, vote him newspaper journalist of the year at the annual Scottish Press Awards.

Similarly, journalists elsewhere in the Scottish media have significant issues with finding ways to broadcast or publish a story that is already out in the public domain, but which has clearly been leaked in order to benefit (either financially or commercially) third-party individuals like Charles Green, Mike Ashley or the Easdale brothers.

It’s a big problem for Scottish football journalism.

Update: he’s at it again today with a story about Ashley taking control of the club’s superstores. (Note the typo on the sub-heading: ‘payrole’).

Peter Lawwell and the “Celtic miss Rangers” narrative

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

A narrative is doing the rounds of Scotland’s media outlets which suggests that the Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has said his club “needs” Rangers in the top-flight of Scottish football.

This is untrue.

The assertion is based on a series of one-to-one interviews given by Lawwell to television, radio, newspapers and online outlets last week.

So far, what Lawwell has actually said is that Rangers’ absence has brought about a significant reduction in income – not just for Celtic, but for other Scottish clubs – although, he stresses that Celtic have suffered more than any other club, financially speaking.

The actual narrative of Lawwell’s statements are less about Celtic “missing” or “needing” Rangers in the top-flight, and are more about the historical financial mis-management at Ibrox, which brought about the subsequent liquidation of the club and it being forced to reform in the lowest division of Scottish football – the net effect of which has been a dent in the overall finances of clubs around the country.

However, this is not the narrative that is being adopted by Scotland’s sporting journalists.

Here’s a snapshot of the responses Lawwell has given:

“Rangers going has taken millions out the game. We have probably lost more than anyone. We have bridged that gap by selling players and making profits and we’ve kept Scottish football at a level more than any other club and I think we don’t get enough credit for that.” (BBC)

“When Rangers went down we took £100 off the season tickets. So that is £4m for two years. The Rangers games, that is at least another £3m. The fact there is a perception among our supporters that there is no competition and you are going to win anyway, and you don’t go to the game, so it could be £10m. We could have lost £10m a year, quite easily, on the back of Rangers going down.” (Herald)

“The lost money which Rangers, and now Hearts and Hibs, have taken out of the game, has been made up from profit from selling players. Our revenues have stayed the same from selling players to make up for those lost millions.But when Rangers went down we took £100 off season tickets. So that is £4m for two years. The Rangers games, at least another £3m.” (Daily Record)

By and large, the media has reported with headlines along the lines of ‘Revealed: Rangers’ troubles have cost Celtic £10m a year, reveals Parkhead chief exec Peter Lawwell‘, ‘Peter Lawwell admits Rangers’ absence from top-flight has left Celtic with a £10m black hole‘, but the broader narrative being expounded on programmes such as the BBC’s Sportsound, Clyde’s Super Scoreboard and by journalists like Tom English and Graham Spiers on Twitter is the nascent view that Scottish football is dying a slow, painful fiscal death due to the absence of, effectively, its most financially reckless club.

The Monkey finds it odd that journalists are bleating on about one club (which has managed its finances quite frugally over the past 25 years or so) requiring some form of monetary support from an outfit that has systematically, repeatedly and shamefully mis-managed its finances during the same period to the point of oblivion.

Rangers boss Ally McCoist vows to remain at Ibrox after being linked with Crystal Palace

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

The Daily Record’s Scott McDermott, perpetuating a total fiction:

RANGERS boss Ally McCoist has vowed to stay at Ibrox – amid speculation that he’s on a list of candidates for the vacant Crystal Palace job.

Reports in London suggest the Ibrox gaffer is one of a host of names linked with the position at Selhurst Park, along with former Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

Try to read that first line again without laughing.

Sources close to US billionaire George Soros rubbish claims that he is ready to buy into Gers

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Gary Ralston writing in The Daily Record:

They insist they’ve never heard of Green, have no interest in doing business with him or any desire to invest in Rangers.

Claim Chowder from the BBC’s Chris McLaughlin only 10 days ago:

Former Rangers chief executive Charles Green has told BBC Sport he is close to raising up to £10m to invest in the Scottish Championship club.[...]

[...]One of the interested parties is Soros Fund Management and it is believed the US-based group have held talks with a senior Rangers official.

Kill your darlings

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Celtic manager Ronnie Deila learns the hard way on how not to give the Scottish media a line.

From the Daily Record:

6-1 thrashing against Warsaw made me feel so bad I felt as if I had killed someone

The Sun went one further with this headline on Twitter:

Ronny Deila said he felt like a MURDERER when Celtic’s Champions League hopes seemed dead.

Sporting integrity? It would have been sheer lunacy for Celtic to hand Legia Warsaw a free pass to the Champions League

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The Daily Record’s Keith Jackson, attempting to create the illusion of defending Celtic, while actually launching a bitter attack riddled with disdain for the club and its chief executive:

It was Peter Lawwell who gave Scottish football this very phrase ["sporting integrity"] back in the days when the main objective of Celtic’s chief 
executive was to do all in his power to pip Rangers to the title – and thereby secure his club a ticket to UEFA’s yearly pocket-stuffing 
extravaganza in Monte Carlo.

Back in 2008, Lawwell wrapped himself in a cloak of sporting 
integrity to demand no special 
treatment was afforded to his rivals who wanted the league season extended to help Walter Smith and his players go for UEFA Cup glory while allowing them to catch a breath in the defence of their domestic title.

It has also somehow become Celtic’s problem that a Polish club fielded an ineligible player during a Champions League encounter, thereby forfeiting the match, as per Uefa’s rules:

Lawwell was absolutely correct to sling the Poles a deaf ear. He’ll live with being labelled a hypocrite just fine so long as it means Ronny Deila and his players have a chance to put right all that went so very wrong against Legia.

This is passive-aggressive journalism at its very worst.

UPDATE (and Fact Howler by Jackson): As is being pointed out by numerous people on Twitter, Rangers did get the season extended in 2008.

Bitter Legia Warsaw legend Jan Tomaszewski calls for European football fans to hound Celtic across the continent

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Some quite disgraceful and misleading journalism from the Daily Record’s Craig Swan:

TOMASZEWSKI called for calls fans across Europe to slaughter the Hoops wherever they go after branding the Parkhead club’s refusal to engage with Legia as dishonourable.

Except, Tomaszewski said nothing of the sort. Here’s what he did say:

“This has been the biggest scandal in the history of sport. I now want that Celtic go to stadiums around the world and get boos and whistles for the entire 90 minutes.

“I thought honour was not something you could buy but we have found that not having any is actually worth some money.

“I feel sorry for Celtic fans because they have behaved with real dignity. I feel sorry for the players who accepted defeat with their heads down and offered congratulations to Legia.

“I feel wholeheartedly it is the main people of Celtic who have contributed to this. I hope they soon have a bone in their throat with this affair and they choke.

“I appeal to fans all over the world. Receive this club, because unfortunately this club must be responsible for their owners or decision-makers, and treat them as they deserve.

“This is not justice and these people have not just desecrated Legia but European football. And they have shown that money is more important than honour.”

For the benefit of Swan, here’s the dictionary definition of “slaughter”:

Slaughter. VERB. 1. Kill (animals) for food.

2. Kill (people or animals) in a cruel or violent way, typically in large numbers.

Celtic vent fury after being hit by emotional blackmail and claims of bad manners from Legia Warsaw in wake of Champions League exit

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Daily Record’s Craig Swan gets his jockey pants in a knot at a three-sentence statement from Celtic.

SEETHING Celtic last night fought back after being smacked by emotional blackmail and claims of bad manners from Legia Warsaw.

The Parkhead outfit have defended their honour in the face of a public savaging from Poland.

Legia chief Dariusz Mioduski accused the Hoops hierarchy of “hiding” from them after UEFA booted his club out of the Champions League for fielding an ineligible player in their 6-1 aggregate win.

For the record, here’s the fury-laden response from Celtic to Legia Warsaw’s emotionally-charged plea to overturn the decision by Uefa to kick them out of the Champions League for fielding a suspended player:

“We are disappointed by Legia Warsaw’s comments. This is entirely a matter for UEFA and its processes. Accordingly, we will reserve further comment for the appropriate time.”

Hardly fury or seething, is it Craig?

Rangers, something black, a pot, a kettle, Scott Gardiner and the Daily Record

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Try not to laugh:

The Rangers board continue to be dismayed at the standards of journalism from The Daily Record and can only assume that the paper is riddled from top to bottom with an anti-Rangers bias.

Seriously. Try reading that line again without laughing.

Rangers claim police are probing disputed Charles Green signature on document which appears to make Craig Whyte director of Sevco

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

The Daily Record:

Police are investigating if disgraced Craig Whyte forged former owner Charles Green’s signature in the Rangers takeover.

The club yesterday denied Whyte, right, still had links to the club – but confirmed a probe by Police Scotland Economic Crimes Unit. They say detectives are analysing a disputed Green signature on a document which appears to appoint Whyte as a director of Sevco 5088 Limited, a company set up to take control of Ibrox.

Last night, a handwriting expert compared several genuine signatures by Green, pictured left, with the one on the Sevco document.

Fact Howler 1: Charles Green did not “takeover” Rangers; he purchased the assets of a dead company.