You know, I wasn’t even going to bother with an article on King’s comments yesterday, save for the quick one I posted on the CelticBlog about Scott Allan. I figured that it was just another excuse for him to get his face in the papers, which we all know he loves.
What I didn’t expect – although I think this guy is an absolute charlatan – was that he would do the interview in a manner that suggested someone had slipped something into his water. Some heavy dope maybe. It’s the only thing that makes sense.
So tell me, then, how do Sevco fans feel about him tonight?
Are they still liking what they hear? What they see?
Do they still have faith?
Are they worried yet? Concerned?
Because … by God, they should be.
They have a certifiable nut running their club. No joke. I am not being flippant. I really believe this. There are deep issues with Dave King that have nothing to do with his past, but are all concerned with the way he sees the world.
This guy is off his face, and if they’re happy with that then I guess I’m happy for them to be. Because there’s no way this is good for them. There’s no way this wannabe, this Walter Mitty character, has answers to the myriad questions they should be asking.
Honestly, I’m sitting here trying to get my head around what I’ve just read.
Let’s start with this one.
He says the club has no need of his £20 million, although he admits soft loans will be required to get them through the season. I literally don’t know how else to respond to that than with sarcasm, mockery and disbelief.
That, on its own, would have had me on the floor busting a gut.
I can just imagine some fans nodding their heads in agreement at that.
Those who think this guy can do no wrong, and don’t even want to question him.
But the rest of them must be going ballistic.
This is such open nonsense that I have to conclude he thinks they are all thick.
Putting it bluntly, Dave King is insulting their intelligence.
He’s feeding into every negative thing I’ve been saying, and writing, about some of them in the last couple of years. Their own chairman – their big hero – is saying things that don’t even hide that he thinks large numbers of them are absolute mugs.
If their supporters swallow this, they might as well paint targets on their backs because this guy is going to bleed them for every cent he can. Green, at least, was happy enough taking the cash raised from the institutional investors to buy his swanky pad over in France.
King wants the real cheesecake, the untapped tens of millions in their pockets.
The more you look at Dave King, the more you see that this is a guy who dissembles on every subject, no matter who his audience is or how important the issue.
Sometimes he merely bends the truth, sometimes he gives a wrong impression about it, leading the listener away from what he’s actually saying and down a path towards another meaning entirely. There are times when he invents reality whole, like a fiction writer, as if he hopes you’ll get so immersed in the world he’s created for you that you will forget, albeit briefly, the real one.
I cannot think of anyone in the history of Scottish football – and I include Charles Green, Craig Whyte and everyone else connected with the sordid Ibrox operation – who has been quite so brazen as this.
Whenever he gets in front of the media he openly contradicts everything he’s said before.
Let’s cast our minds back to the judge’s view of him in South Africa, and I don’t simply mean the “glib and shameless” part, which I’ve always thought of as being a nice line but one that falls far short of being the real meat in that particular helping of succulent lamb.
For openers, Judge Smallwood pointed out one of King’s key character traits.
“He is extremely arrogant and obviously thinks that whatever he says is so.”
Arrogance can be perilous. At its worst, it confers upon someone a belief in themselves which often far outstrips any actual skill or talent they possess. But look at the second part of that statement; the judge is also calling him delusional.
The next bit should occasion shock amongst even his defenders.
“He deliberately misrepresented the facts of the case to his legal representatives.”
When you’re in the fight of your life and you are lying to your own lawyers … well, that’s not a sign of anything good is it?
As if that’s not enough, Smallwood went on to say;
“As his evidence progressed, it became clear that he has no respect for the truth and does not hesitate to lie, or at least misrepresent the facts, if he thinks it will be to his advantage.”
Smallwood and his fellow judges then delivered what I believe to be easily the most damning verdict of all on the South African who now runs Sevco.
“(We) saw Mr King testify in court and in cross-examination for four days and are unanimous that he is a mendacious witness whose evidence should not be accepted on any issue unless it is supported by documents or other objective evidence.”
I didn’t just make those quotes up, or invent them out of thin air.
They are part of the official record, the official court transcript, in a tax evasion and fraud case against him.
The judges are saying that King lied to the court. He lied to his lawyers. He lied to everyone, perhaps even himself, on things both great and small. He lied when huge matters were at stake. He lied to protect himself. But he also lied about little things.
He lied when he didn’t even have to, as if lying itself comes naturally to him, as if it’s a habit or a compulsion.
Does anyone really believe that a guy who would sit in a courtroom and tell blatant, open, brazen untruths to a judge, whilst under oath, would hesitate to do the same in front of a Scottish media pack that is all too ready, and willing, to believe?
That never questions him?
That never goes away and scrutinises even a single word he’s said before accepting it as fact?
If you were of the right mind-set, facing such pitiful interrogators, you might find yourself misleading them for no reason other than that you could. For the sheer thrill of it, to know that no matter how barmy your comments that they’d find an audience and make the front page. You too might well find yourself selling pie in the sky and promising moonbeams.
Of course, this interview was notable for one thing in particular; King’s “plan” to restore the OldCo.
That this is fanciful rubbish – an absolute Dave King fantasy- hardly needs saying, but that he’s even discussing such a loony concept in the press is proof that he just likes to see his name in print.
Yet I think, when you look at the whole interview, and the conduct of this guy and his board in the last six months, you see something else, something I find hugely interesting.
When I posted on the CelticBlog concerning the Scott Allan comments, I said I thought they were typically small minded and petty from this guy, as he seems simply unable to see anything go past him.
But it’s only when I read the whole interview that the over-arching theme comes through.
This guy is obsessed with Celtic, and the entire direction of his club at the moment is geared towards nothing less than matching every single thing we do. His strategy is totally reactive, and it’s dictated by our own actions.
When he talks about the club’s ambitions in a football sense, challenging Celtic is all he sees.
The rest of the teams, they don’t matter to him.
They may as well not even exist, because we’re all he thinks about and talks about.
This is understandable, in a sense, because we are, after all, the biggest club in the country, by miles. That he has set his sights on our rear view lights is perfectly normal, as far as it goes, but it doesn’t stop there.
His determination to catch us means he’s committing his board – for all a commitment from this guy is worth anyway – to over-spending, and risking their existence, if that’s what it takes.
This, too, you could simply put down to a typically Sevconian outlook in order to catch the top side … but he’s also basing his transfer policy on ours and planning to emulate our approach to that.
So it’s buy them young, train them up and sell them on.
Forget the fact this policy has seen Celtic go from a Champions League team to one that can barely handle the Europa League … this is the road he’s going down, or so he claims.
There’s not an original idea in this guy’s head … he’s copying everything from Celtic Park. This is not a guy who’s come to Ibrox with a grand master plan of his own. No, his sole strategy is to bend his club until it looks like ours.
Even here he might just be forgiven as there’s a certain logic in doing things the Celtic way if the objective is to make money – which for him, it is.
This, too, can be rationalised.
Where he starts coming off like a stalker is when he tells the fans they have to be more like us, to spend more money than us, to try and copy us as he’s trying to copy our strategy.
It becomes even spookier when you factor in his reaction to the Allan transfer and the way he sarcastically thanked us for signing the player … although he was their top target.
In light of that, his comments about Allan make perfect sense.
His ego has been pierced here, and the arrogant side of him came rushing to the surface.
No other club could have had this effect on him, though.
He is consumed by his obsession with us.
The Ibrox fans must have squirmed hearing him talk yesterday about restoring the OldCo for no other reason than we badger them about the death of their club. They’ve spent three years telling us this is not an issue … and in a single day he has expressed his own doubts loud and clear, and claimed to want to resolve it. He then says it doesn’t bother him!
Aye, right …
He knows full well – he said it before the CVA was rejected – that Rangers is dead and gone, and that even relisting the company that once existed won’t bring them back to life … the whole exercise is pedantic, and pointless, and stupid and will make no difference at all.
But it burns him that we have that to hang over his head, and it affects him so much that he’s largely oblivious to the myriad footballing issues that would arise – such as another enforced absence from European football for materially changing the corporate structure of the club – as well as the legal implications if HRMC are to claim a final victory in the Tax Case.
This guy thinks about Celtic constantly, and he will risk everything – expect his own money – to catch us.
He talks big, but ultimately he talks nonsense.
Yesterday was the day he finally tripped the wire and veered into outright nuttiness.
His Celtic obsession, his ego and his pathalogical inability to tell the truth … they merged, perfectly, in one session with the media.
If I were a Sevco fan, I’d be very concerned about all of that.
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