Posts by Mark

Port Vales Latest Bidder Shows His Hand

By on Oct 26, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 0 comments

The emergence of Altrincham-based businessman Paul Wildes and his Leicestershire business associate Norman Smurthwaite as the latest “preferred” bidder(s) for Port Vale triggered a wave of hope across Burslem. Some of it was live on telly too, as Vale gave Oxford United a 3-0 shoeing on the day Wildes name was made public. After the protracted, painful climax of the...

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“I Always Thought The Fan Base Could Be Monetised”: Craig Whyte Speaks To The BBC

By on Oct 20, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 11 comments

Poor Craig Whyte. On the day he chose to give his version of the Rangers saga to the BBC, former Rangers joint administrator Paul Clark beats him to the “biggest Rangers lie” of the year trophy. Clark offered a dictionary definition of dishonesty and irony in his statement on Wednesday that he and David Whitehouse, his colleague at financial services firm Duff and...

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Rangers: A Warning From History

By on Oct 16, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 33 comments

The contrast between the current public profiles of the Rangers FC’s Chief Executive and Chairman could not be greater. While the former, Charles Green, has a love of his own voice only matched by his disregard for telling the truth with it, the latter, Malcolm Murray, has largely – and wisely, to judge by his few public utterances – kept his own counsel. With Green...

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Ken Bates: “An Ex-Chairman Is A Nobody”

By on Oct 12, 2012 in Latest, Politics | 17 comments

OK, we all know that Ken Bates is an unpopular individual in footballing circles. He is still, though, not as unpopular as he ought to be. There are still those in football, watchers, participants and commentators, who are happy to file Bates under “character,” or give him credit where it is not entirely due. To far too many people, Bates still represents a flash of...

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When A Chairman Isn’t A Chairman: Part Three Of The Riddler Trilogy

By on Oct 5, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

If the Insolvency Service (IS) had wanted to really punish Preston North End “chairman of football” Peter Ridsdale for his recently-revealed derelictions of directorship duties, they would not have stopped at barring him from holding company directorships for seven-and-a-half-years. They would surely have barred him from any personal PR-activities. No setpiece...

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