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'Dysfunctional' Rangers heading towards the precepis

ESPN staff
August 6, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Walter Smith has spoken of the "dysfunctional environment" which led to him to a "heartbreaking" decision to resign as Rangers chairman.

Smith, who as manager won 21 trophies with the club, was widely praised for his calming influence during one of the most turbulent times in Rangers' history but the return of former chief executive Charles Green as a paid consultant seems to have been a step to far.

"Working with a board which could rarely find consensus and agreement has created a highly dysfunctional environment which has not been good for the club," Smith said. "On top of that, there has been recent further disruption which again has rendered the board less effective and efficient than it ought to have been.

"It is clear that boardroom change is required and I would urge Rangers fans to get fully behind the resolutions which last week were presented to the board and shareholders."

Smith's departure puts more pressure on manager Ally McCoist, who he always backed, and Rangers' humiliating loss to Forfar in the League Cup at the weekend left fans angry.

The return of Green, a major shareholder but a divisive figure, has further destabilised an already rocky club. Within days of his return he fired a warning shot at McCoist saying he had to win a trophy as well as the league to retain his job.

McCoist made clear his opinion. "It's just more hot air that we've come to expect from Charles. The self-acclaimed straight-talking Yorkshireman has again let himself down.

"His contempt and total lack of respect for my players, for our football club, for our support and Scottish football in general is appalling."

Against this backdrop, chief executive Craig Mather is are trying to fight a move to oust the key members of the existing board led by a group of shareholders.

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