Novo hits out at board in wake of being barred from Murray Park
NACHO NOVO has branded the current Rangers board of directors a “cancer” that must be cut out after being declared persona non grata at his former club.
The Spanish forward had been training at Murray Park since returning to Scotland at the end of last year from the North American Soccer League side Carolina Railhawks, but he was informed by the outgoing caretaker manager, Kenny McDowall, yesterday morning that he is no longer welcome.
Novo believes he was removed because he has signed up with the community ownership group Rangers First, which is campaigning for a supporter-led takeover, and has pointed the finger for the decision at chief executive Derek Llambias and the Easdale brothers.
Novo has reiterated his support for greater involvement for fans in the running of the club and offered his backing to the Three Bears consortium, which consists of Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor along with Dave King.
“There is a cancer inside the club and we need to get rid of it,” said Novo, who spent six years at Rangers and scored the penalty against Fiorentina that took them to the final of the 2008 UEFA Cup.
“If I can’t train at Murray Park, that’s fine.
“I joined Rangers First because this club needs to be owned by the fans and by the right people. The people in charge just now are not the right people.
“The heart of the club is broken because of the actions of the board.
“Not one of them will ever put Rangers first. They should be nowhere near that club.”
Novo has also said that he holds no grudges against McDowall, who he claims has been deliberately asked by the board to fire their bullets.