When Pyrrhus invaded Apulia (279 BC), the two armies met in the Battle of Asculum, where Pyrrhus won a very costly victory. The consul Publius Decius Mus was the Roman commander, and while his able force was ultimately defeated, they managed to break the back of Pyrrhus’ Epirot army. In the final analysis, the Romans had lost 6,000 men and Pyrrhus 3,500, including many officers. Pyrrhus later famously commented on his victory at Asculum, by stating, “If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined“. It is from this report that the term Pyrrhic victory originates.
The following comment from Veritas is a succinct precis of a modern day ‘Punic War‘ waged by the Roman Empire, with Mike Ashley as its commander, and a career criminal Dave King cast as Pyrrhus:
“Those fine folks crowing about King putting MA to the sword and being 2-0 up are forgetting that the most tangible and significant move in this affair since King’s coronation was successfully carried out by Ashley and effected by not reverting to court He forced King to find £5m in real cash and he forced him to ante up . Mike Ashley is no-one’s fool! The SFA behaviour in all of this is pathetic, risible and is hardly worth commenting on than other than to confirm it is continually, year in year out, going out of its way to assist the ‘regime du jour’ at Ibrox as well articulated by you (JJ) in your Old Firm piece earlier.The dynamite I thought was coming the other day (and still might) was that MA could prove that the £5m King provided at the beginning of the year and any other funds he has brought to the table to Rangers were in fact the proceeds of crime and that Rangers are literally still alive only on that basis. Given that CFC have literally fallen out of the sky since 2012 with appalling stewardship at all management levels, had Ashley been accommodated in a sensible manner, Rangers would have been in a very strong position right now and not just treading water.I know this is your core narrative and I agree with it .
I am sure MA could have drip fed working capital and his 2nd loan tranche would be available now . I may be wrong but suspect MW will not get a net £5m to spend this summer . With MA as part guarantor, other credit facilities and better commercial opportunities would open up. Serious short term progress on the field could then attract even more funds. I can’t get my head around why the wide Rangers community can’t see this. They obviously believe that King and Co will deliver this. The only credible player on the landscape who can get Rangers to a high level quicklŷ is demonised and ridiculed every time there are Pyrrhic victories in skirmishes with King who then is in turn lionised.The media and the SFA in this country in my opinion are playing a blinder on this to actually hold back Rangers when their opponents have ‘temporarily’ stumbled .
Unless there are more proceeds of crime from SA available somewhere and also somehow transferable, I can not fathom how King and Co can be behaving the way they are for the real short and long term good of the club? It is clear there should surely have been a rapprochement long ago with MA with DK taken/ bought out as suggested on here months ago.”
When Pyrrhus first invaded Italy he was assisted by the loan of elephants by The King of Macedon (Regan). King and the SFA are working in concert. Darryl Broadfoot (the unnamed source at the Daily Record) attempted to neutralise the conclusion that this consortium exists at the heart of Scottish football.He doth protest too much.
Stewart Regan, since his appointment in 2011, has gone out his way to assist Rangers. Campbell Ogilvie, who was elected as President of The SFA, took the new charge under his wing and explained that serving Rangers was his most significant key performance indicator. Regan was informed: “Look after Rangers, and Scottish football looks after itself.”
Campbell Ogilvie also explained how the Scottish media works and that everyone in this media village either overtly or covertly supports Rangers. Mr Regan was inordinately grateful for this steer, and when his mentor was taken to task in regard to a £95,000 EBT severance payment, Mr Regan was quick to defend Mr Ogilvie by claiming that EBT were a legitimate means of avoiding tax.
Mr Ogilvie was aware that the outstanding social taxes at Craig Whyte’s Rangers should have precluded them from participating in UEFA competition, He created a clever strategy where Alistair Johnson submitted the RFC interim accounts to support their UEFA application on April Fools day, one day after the 31st March deadline. The accounts with the details on the outstanding social taxes were ignored, and the position as of midnight 31st March was used as the preferred narrative to present a clean bill of health for the UEFA licence. Mr Regan would have been informed that these ‘Spanish Practices‘ had underpinned the SFA for generations and that it would be a career limiting decision to rock the boat. Mr Regan was so exercised by this conspiracy at the heart of the SFA that he wrote to Rangers for guidance on a proposed communiqué to neutralise press speculation. This was vetoed by Rangers.
The preceding paragraph is indicative of the corruption at the heart of the SFA. If a case was made that the corruption no longer exists, I suggest one has a look at Regan’s role in the LNS fiasco. He set up a project steering committee of three individuals. The chair of this committee, Regan, was on record as stating that EBT were a legitimate method of tax avoidance. One would argue that his position on this committee was inordinately compromised.
Which leads us to the latest court events that played out on Thursday. King should not have been approved as fit and proper. Regan and the SFA were compelled to create a case to justify their approval of King after he had been approved in May of last year.There was no due diligence in May of last year. This led to the SFA refusing to provide details of their flawed rationale for approving the career criminal. The SFA accessed King’s UK criminal record in March of this year, ten months after he had been approved.
This was the victory claimed by Ashley. The best efforts of Keith Jackson to serve his Rangers masters has resulted in this episode being portrayed as a victory for King. King was not on trial. The SFA process was being taken to task. King was hitching a legal ride from the SFA.
The reasons why the fans believe in King is that they are being fed a false narrative by Keith Jackson at The Daily Record. Positive stories about Rangers sell copy. Ashley’s statement in regard to the costs hearing is indicative of an SFA cover up. King was approved because he had given the impression he would spend £50m on Rangers. Regan was alive to the commercial opportunities that a vital Rangers would provide. He passed King fit and proper on this basis and then had to justify his decision after the fact.
Make no mistake about it, there was no Pyrrhic victory for King yesterday. Mike Ashley’s Roman Empire brought the SFA to heel.