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SBD Global/May 31, 2013/Franchises

Scottish Rangers Appoint Former Manager Walter Smith Chairman, Replacing Murray

Scottish Third Division Rangers appointed former Manager Walter Smith as chairman "following the resignation of Malcolm Murray," according to Ewan Murray of the London GUARDIAN. Smith had two spells managing Rangers, spanning 11 years, in which he claimed 21 domestic honors. Most recently, he was a non-exec director on the club's board. His new post "was verified at a Rangers board meeting, held in London on Wednesday" (GUARDIAN, 5/30). In Edinburgh, David Gunn reported Smith was appointed by "unanimous decision of the board." Murray will "remain on the board" as a non-exec director (SCOTSMAN, 5/30). The BBC's Chris McLaughlin reported the move "follows weeks of infighting at the club and countless attempts" to remove Murray (BBC, 5/30). The SCOTSMAN reported an independent investigation commissioned by the Rangers board "has found no evidence" that former Owner Craig Whyte invested in the current Ibrox set-up (SCOTSMAN, 5/30).
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