Rangers’ Head of Communications, David Graham, is the first big-name board exit to take place following pressure from fan bodies and groups, like our own, to see improved dialogue from the board and performance in general.
Graham, himself a bizarre appointment, was a replacement for Jim Traynor, who was also a bit of a curious appointment, and ever since both of these two have been in office Rangers’ PR has been, frankly, a disaster.
If ever the lines of communication from the board have rarely been worse since the days of Martin Bain, it’s the past few years, and it’s only been so bad lately requiring three men to try to engage with supporters, admittedly behind extremely controlled media.
While as human beings we wish Graham the best in light of the personal reasons which forced him to quit, nevertheless that department has been one of the worst-functioning of Rangers in the past five years, if not more, and he was just the latest figurehead to take the role and be substandard in it.
Is the job even needed?
Ever since Traynor took the post, it’s been a source of embarrassment, and anyone following Rangers’ media closely the past few years will have seen Graham present pretty much at every single Rangers event, from the arrival of James Sands last year (he showed him round) to the qualification for the group stage, Graham was there.
We’re not sure what the job was, but he was infinitely more hands on than Jim Traynor, and at the end of the day the PR side of the club is and was a mess.
It’s curious that in the past few weeks, just as it’s maybe eked on improving a little, the head of the department leaves.
Very intriguing timing.
Anyway, Rangers move on without him, and hopefully PR and comms finally start to befit a club of our standing.