It would be churlish not to congratulate Mr Keith Jackson on his recent high-Level exclusive.
I can only imagine the months of deep-cover investigative work that went into producing such a scoop.
However, I have been told by an excellently placed source that this journalistic tour de force might have provided General Ashley with yet another legal justification to take the Sevco High Command to court.
A judge might well conclude that what Mr Jackson had expertly adumbrated for his readers was in fact commercially sensitive information subject to a court order.
My belief is that this is exactly what the Shirebrook officer corps are examining at the minute.
Perhaps, and it is just my speculation, General Ashley might wish to pursue the provenance of Mr Jackson’s amazing story forensically.
My understanding is that he would do this in order to see if the trail leads back to the Blue Room.
Of course, a courageous journalist of Mr Jackson’s standing would rather face imprisonment than reveal his closely guarded sources, but I don’t think it will come to that.
However, I am assured that Big Mike’s best legal people are currently looking very carefully at how the information contained within this excellently written piece emerged into the public domain.
My understanding is that the background to this story is rooted in the life-saving loan of £10m from Ashley to the Holding Company Vehicle in January 2015.
The details of that loan can be read here.
This, you may recall, was only two months before the Off Licence Putsch of March 2015.
I am told that initially, Ashley had looked to have Ibrox as security for the £10m loan.
However, the report into the state of the stadium, the details of which I had broken here in November 2014, convinced the Sports Direct folk that it wasn’t such valuable asset.
Another issue that took Ibrox off the table as possible loan security was the contingent liability as represented by the potential action by Sevco 5088, i.e. Mr Craig Whyte.
I am told that RIFC Chairman David Somers also convinced Ashley that exercising his options under the stadium naming rights agreement might not go down well with the fans.
So Instead the rental agreement on the Ibrox Superstore was born.
Now, that’s my basic understanding, but no doubt Mr Jackson will have another award winning exclusive clarifying all of this soon.
As with most stories, context is everything, and without it, the reader is not fully informed.
Oh, one other thing…
Given the decade-long rental arrangement, the possibility remains extant that once the retail deal is gone, in six years’ time, then Ashley could sublet the store to the Holding Company Vehicle and effectively be their landlord.
Obviously, the rent he would charge to the Sevco High Command would be just, perfect and regular.
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