Scottish Third Division Rangers Ban BBC Journalists Over Ally McCoist Ax Story
Scottish Third Division Rangers "have banned BBC journalists from the club’s stadium and its training ground" after the broadcaster revealed a leaked document which indicated "a plot to sack manager Ally McCoist," according to the SCOTSMAN. The BBC posted a story online about a leaked document entitled "Football Philosophy: The Way Forward," which appeared to show that former CEO Charles Green "had planned to install a new coaching team at the Ibrox club." The plan had "apparently been written by an investor outlining his vision for the club." The document said, “There is a big risk that if the current coaching regime remains, then fans will stop coming and we will see half of the season ticket sales we had this season. Change is required, and this starts with a big decision.” However, the plans for change "had been shelved after Green left Rangers." As a result, the club issued a statement on its website saying that "it had asked BBC football correspondents present at the Berwick game at Ibrox to leave." Rangers accused the BBC of reporting which lacked “logic, balance and fairness” as they announced the ban (SCOTSMAN, 5/5).