Friday, July 18, 2014

When Ally's big mouth cost Sevco £5m

So we know Ally McCoist likes to complain. Normally he does it about Celtic so to deflect from his inability to manage a football team properly.

Sometimes though, it costs his employers £5m.

Keep complaining please, Ally.

From: Graeme Park
Date: 7 August 2012 11:30:21 BST
Subject: Coach Provision - your cancellation
Dear Brian,

Further to your call last night I would just like to convey my disappointment at the Club's decision to terminate a sponsorship relationship that has lasted 41 years.

I appreciate your comments that as finance Director you did not wish to breach the contract you agreed prior to the Brechin game (also confirmed in writing on the 2nd of August - copy of letter attached) but you had to do so because of the strong feelings from Charles and Alistair.  I do find it disappointing that Alistair has complained about the cleanliness of the coach as I personally went to check the coach in the car park at Brechin (and it was inspected  prior to departure).  Furthermore, it is the first negative comment we have had in 41 years of supplying the team coach to Rangers Football Club.

Indeed, we have always acted in the utmost good faith and have to this day continued to supply cars way beyond the end of the contract for that provision although as we confirmed yesterday in our call these will be collected today.  Similarly, we have ordered both a playstation and wifi to be installed on the team coach after your request during the negotiations whereby you renewed our contract for a period of 3 years.  Although you didn't request that we ordered these items, the comfort of the management team and the players was uppermost in our thoughts so we proceeded with the order.  Sandy Jardine also phoned a few days after Brechin to enquire as to whether we could look to install wifi and a playstation and I confirmed to him that it had been ordered - Sandy could confirm this to you if needs be.

I would have hoped that after a relationship of 41 years that if there was a concern about the cleanliness of the team coach that a conversation could have taken place - it certainly wasn't mentioned by the numerous first team players or by Sandy; all of whom I spoke with after the Brechin match.  However, it appears that Alistair and Charles have decided on the basis of one trip in 41 years, during which the Club will have used us on thousands of occasions, that the Club wishes to breach our contract and replace our company with another coach supplier.  To draw a comparison, that would be akin to us cancelling our sponsorship due to a poor meal on one occasion in the Members or a goal less draw which our guests didn't enjoy.

I have tried to call both Alistair and Charles as clearly they have taken the decision out of your hands.  However, neither have returned my call to date.

We are in no doubt that you are in breach of contract and I would welcome your feedback before our Board considers our position.

Obviously, if the Club changes it's position we would be delighted to talk to you again and on a personal level I will continue to travel the length and breadth of Scotland supporting my team.

From: Graeme Park
Sent: 16 September 2013 09:19
To: Craig Mather
Subject: Alternative Meeting

I do apologise for the direct approach given your very busy schedule.  However, I am conscious that we have not followed up on the meeting that was scheduled for the end of July and that this matter has dragged on for over a year although clearly that is not an issue caused by you. 

I was heartened to read your comments about wishing for the Club to proceed and develop over the next few years - a sentiment shared by every Rangers fan. 

One of the reasons why I have not followed up since July is that I appreciate you've had a lot on and didn't want to trouble you.

However, I have attached the tender document that we were asked to complete prior to the Club committing to a 3 year contract with us for the supply of the team coach - a contract that the Club is, unfortunately, currently breaching.

To give you a bit of background (although I think Ian has filled you in), we have supplied the team coach for 41 years.  We were asked to take part in a tender process which we won with Brian Stockbridge commenting that "it was the best deal financially for the Club".  Within 10 days Brian told us that the Club no longer wished to honour the contract, indeed he disputed we had a contract despite me having a witness to him agreeing a verbal contract (legally binding in Scotland) and having a written contract issued by the Club.  He told me that the decision wasn't one he agreed with but was taken out of his hands by Alistair and Charles Green.  Charles subsequently denied any involvement in the process and Alistair is on record as dismissing his involvement and actually said "Graeme, you've been involved with the Club longer than me, I didn't have anything to do with it" - again I have a witness to this conversation.

Perhaps the most troubling aspect of all of this is that I made offers of investment of up to £5m to Charles Green, Imran Ahmad and Brian Stockbridge, both in writing and verbally, prior to this tender process and also after it.  Clearly, the offer after it was subject not only to the due diligence questions we raised at the initial stage but also that our contract was honoured.

Charles Green, Imran Ahmad and everyone else involved in the decision have all admitted it was badly handled.  Given that you are new to this situation I am sure that you would be keen to resolve it and restore a relationship that was in place for 41 years.

I am happy to have a meeting to discuss it or alternatively I am happy for both parties to start working to the terms of the contract agreed.

Kind Regards,
Graeme Park

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