Mike Ashley Charged – Complaint Issued


Mike Ashley and Rangers FC have both been given notices of complaint by the Scottish FA, and have been accused of influencing the management of the Ibrox club.

lee charnley and mike ashley before wba game

Lee Charnley with Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley owns Newcastle United outright, and he owns just less than 10% of Rangers, but is not allowed by the Scottish FA to go above 10% ownership of Rangers, because he owns Newcastle.

The Scottish FA wrote to Ashley in October seeking clarification about the extent of his ownership in Rangers FC , although it’s clear because of the £3M loan he has given Rangers to see them through the end of the year, he essentially now controls Rangers.

That seems to be what the Scottish FA is concerned about, and they want to understand exactly what the Newcastle United owner’s influence is at Rangers FC – because he officially owns less than 10% of Rangers.

Ashley has apparently failed to give the Scottish FA any clarification of his role at Rangers FC, and he is being charged with failing to behave towards the Scottish FA and its members with “the utmost good faith”.

Rangers FC are being charged with misleading the Scottish FA over the amount of influence that Ashley now has after the £3M loan.

A hearing into the matter has been set for Tuesday, January 27.

It looks like Mike Ashley isn’t exactly the most popular person with the Scottish FA at the moment.

This news comes after Rangers’ manager Ally McCoist has resigned from his position, and Rangers informed the Stock Exchange this morning, and Ally will be on a 12-month notice period, but his wages have been increased to £750K per year.

This is the statement from Rangers FC today:

“The company announces that Alastair McCoist, manager of the first team squad, has resigned. His service contract dated December 28, 2010, which was subsequently amended, has a 12-month notice period (‘Notice Period’).”

‘The directors will hold discussions with Mr McCoist to seek an amicable solution in the best interests of the company, and expect to be in a position to make a further announcement before the end of the week. During the notice period, Mr McCoist’s salary will increase significantly to £750K per annum.”

So one question is – was Mike Ashley behind McCoist’s resignation?

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135 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 15, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Will or should the EPL join in?

    Could NUFC face any backlash from this?

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 15, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #2

    SFA will get screwed

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 15, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #3

    “he essentially now controls Rangers”

    I think the shareholders would not agree, however they will not want their investment to fail or be thrown out of the league.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #4

    AC

    Who knows whats going through Mashers fat head?! Like you say, it was clear from the start this whole thing was dodgier than Russian Sushi, but he is convinced he can get away with anything.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #5

    According to UEFA rules the SFA do not have a leg to stand on.

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2006/sep/27/sport.comment

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    The reason I ask is if the SFA prove he is controlling Rangers isn’t that breaking EPL rules to ?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #7

    The phrase “the utmost good faith” is probably language which really means “you lied”.
    Shock and horror cannot believe this of Mr Tubbs and his cronies. Will be really interesting to see how this pans out – has Mr Tubbs got an ace up his sleeve, will Newcastle or Rangers end up being a victim of all these shenanigans.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #8

    70two

    Well that means we could still meet in europe, but he has apparently broken sfa rules on ownership and controll, which has nowt to do with uefa as its a domestic matter. Hes just a coniving tw@

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Tuff

    Are you perchance questioning the integrity of Mr Ashley? How could you?

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Pawl – sorry to have to come back to you on the ‘ it’s ok to call a poster stupid for having a different opinion’ thing but your posit was specious. Yes I would use third party insults to express dismay at say. A typical stupid Pardew tactic, for example, but I think it’s out of order to directly challenge a fellow blogger as being intellectully compromised for something like disagreeing with you (for example again) the long term suitability of Anita in midfield. For ecample:-

    Poster A – “I think Anita provides a bit of pace and distribution in our midfield where Tiote is like a reckless bulldozer on autopilot ”

    Poster B -” Poster A, Anita is cack and Tiote is the next best thing to having a Challenger Tank in the pitch. Oh and you are an imbecile for thinking otherwise”

    If you don’t see that , perhaps we should agree to differ.

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  • Scottiedog

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Ah….. Food for the anti ashley brigade!

    The sfa have not got a leg to stand on as everything has been stated from the start, and if ashley calls there bluff and walks away with his £3m + then rangers are screwed! Ashley is shrewd and I am damn sure he would have had his solicitors look for every loophole first

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Ally Mac is jumping ship before it sinks again. I dont blame him. He is another victim in all of this. Feel sorry for the bloke tbh.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Mr T. Once the Fat One has merged Newcastle Rangers SDFC and puts both clubs in the DMZ between Scotland and England (Berwick I think) then no FA in Britain will be able to touch him.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Sfa stipulated that Mike could buy shares of less than 10% and also that he did not unduely influence the boardroom decisions, which now APPEARS to be the case. Now uefa, fifa or epl rules seem to have been breached, but it seems there is certainly a case to answer to the SFA.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #15

    *no uefa et.c rules have been breached, not ‘now’

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Ding dong, the blog is dead

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #17

    It doesn’t seem there’s much of a case to answer. He’ll just get fined for not supplying info when requested.

    Maybe the SFA don’t want Ashley anywhere near Rangers and are pointing at his shady behaviour for not being sporting 😉

    Unless Uefa gets it’s “Controling” rule it’s seeking he’s not breaking rules as I understand it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail’s too good for Ashley.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Thank god that siege has ended in Sydney. My heart goes out to the couple of hostages that didnt make it and there families. What a sick world we live in.

    R.I.P

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 15, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #20

    could this Ashley thing not be sorted out if he sold us to sports direct and then he can go and own rangers privately

    no one seem to complain when man city owner company ipic invested 350mill in to real Madrid

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  • Thump

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #21

    During the notice period, Mr McCoist’s salary will increase significantly to £750K per annum.

    Uh, what?

    “Right lads, I’m off. I’ll take my wage hike now, please.”

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Beer

    I think that’s why Uefa want a new ruling so things like that can’t be done.

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #23

    prime

    I am sure Ashley has a plan and will win

    as for mcoist with old dekka up there lying his ass off he knows he is better off out of there before they do to him like they did to keegan

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Id love to know who draws up managers contracts. How can he choose to resign AND still recieve his years notice pay. Its HIS choice! Apparently rangers cant afford to pay him off in one go, so as it stands he has to work the year. What a totally stupid situation

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Beer

    Your right there, Fattys not stupid.
    I don’t beleive he didn’t do due diligence with us, more like a ready made excuse for not investing. You don’t make the money he has by making mistakes like that.

    Ali’s probably looked down here as you say and thought **** that.

    Mark

    The way I read it his contract says if he resigns he has to give a years notice, first time I’ve heard that with a manager.
    Maybe when he took a 50% pay cut Rangers thought it was a way to tie him down, yet now it looks like they have to pay full wage. It is strange.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #26

    All this meddling in Scottish football will never do Scroogely! Harrumph!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #27

    I have no doubt that Mr Tubbs is no mug in respect of his business dealings -he sometimes gambles but overall his gambles pay off (for him)
    This charge could bring matters to a head -Rangers are going to need £8 million shortly -Tubbs is the likely supplier of the cash – will he now give them the dosh.
    Interesting that article (from all those years ago) about Uefa and the group that were wanting to own a club in every country purely to get the anticipated TV dosh. Now where have I heard that before!
    January and February are going to be interesting for both Toon and Rangers fans as we should see the direction of where money has gone/will be going -which in my opinion will equate to what Tubbs’ intentions are.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #28

    But now to more important things. The half time entertainment put on by Arsenal. No dancing poodles, no balloon animals, and beermonkey assures me there were absolutely no penguins either! Absolute bollocks that is. But what can you expect from a London club?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Our scrambly bits were very poor against Arsenal. I’ve been warning about this for some time now. Why oh why doesn’t wor Alan listen to me and bring in a scrambly bit coach? It’s obvious we need one. Ronald Smallstones is available from PSV. Why don’t we snatch him up before another big club beats us to the punch? Harrumph!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m not impressed with our niggly bits either.

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  • Slank

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Can only see one loser – SPL and Rangers.

    Ashley can walkaway and can afford to lose the extremely modest (to him) amount of his initial outlay.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Geordietwo

    Why do you chat so much s**t ? When I read your posts I find it incredibly difficult to take them seriously, mainly because I have absolutely no idea what your talking about-which is a shame. It seems like you bring humour(well, attempted) but my brain just cant fathom it. Are all your posts revolved around one big in-joke or… ?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #33

    IrishGeordie9 thanks for your comments. The answer is yes. I hope that clears things up.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #34

    And if you’re taking my comments seriously then I’m not trying hard enough.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #35

    What kind of performance can we expect against Tottenham? Another tired re-hash of the 4-2-3-1 with either Perez or Cisse starting up front? It doesn’t work Alan, especially without Sissoko to drive the midfield. Our lack of depth is being exposed again Scroogely.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Having an isolated loan striker is useless. How much service did Cisse get against Arsenal? It was ridiculous.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 15, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #37

    That’s the most funniest comment you have ever come out with.

    Ha ha ha

    IrishGeordie9
    December 15, 2014
    Geordietwo

    Why do you chat so much s**t ? When I read your posts I find it incredibly difficult to take them seriously, mainly because I have absolutely no idea what your talking about-which is a shame. It seems like you bring humour(well, attempted) but my brain just cant fathom it. Are all your posts revolved around one big in-joke or… ?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 15, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Right, I’ve had my say. I’ll watch for your comments with interest mates. I don’t want to enrage IrishGeordie9 any more than absolutely necessary. At least for now.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 15, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Most funniest is incorrect grammatically speaking welshie. Did you attend a good Welsh primary school?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 15, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Now now GeordieTwo don’t get your niggly bits in a twist.

    Ha ha ha

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