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McCoist Defends AGM Selection

Ally McCoist has defended his decision to hand his AGM proxy vote to the Calderwood Rangers Supporters Group in hometown East Kilbride, despite the criticism some have levelled at him.

With AGM matters now done and dusted McCoist has taken the step of answering a few more questions over his decision and he explained quite honestly that he doesn't care about the criticism he has received for handing his AGM vote over, because for him he was between a rock and a hard place when it came to the current board and the challengers, so he gave his votes to a group who he knows 100% would've voted in the best interests of the club - and he doesn't know how they voted.

'I just felt at that particular time that I was in a little bit of a no win situation. I was sort of compromised all over the place. So, rightly or wrongly, and I've been criticised for it in a lot of quarters, which I can understand - I was very happy and safe in the knowledge that the people I gave the proxy to would 100% vote in a way they thought was best for our football club. I didn't know how they were going to vote and I still don't know how they voted. But I'm happy with the fact that I gave it to people who really care about our club, that was my reason for doing it.'

It's easy to understand the position Ally was in, if he gave his support to the challengers and they didn't win, he's marked his card with the current board, but equally if he sided with the current board and the challengers got in, he's marked his card with them also. So no win is a good way to describe it especially as had he abstained as some have suggested he should've done on those particular motions, it really would've had the same effect whereby he wasn't supporting the current board or the challengers so whoever remained in post AGM would know he didn't back them.

At the end of the day, he's the manager and that has to be his focus and you work with people in business for a mutually business benefit - everything else is secondary really, and that was the position he was trying to protect clearly.

In terms of the board winning out, McCoist admits he has no idea and can't answer questions on whether his card might be marked because of the decision he took, but he feels it was the right one still, and he spoke to new CEO Graham Wallace ahead of time and informed him of his decision and at least for Ally, Wallace more than understood why he decided to gift his vote to the supporters group.

So it at least seems that irrespective of other board members, at least Wallace and McCoist do remain on the same page on that score.

However, the gaffer also confirmed that he wasn't aware that cost cutting would be a topic of conversation for the AGM - presumably as interviews tick through from immediately post AGM, our CEO's words the other day about already speaking to Ally do just look odd with the Daily Records coverage today because of the relative timing and Ally was speaking prior to any conversations.

'I wasn't aware of that at all, Graham made the statement and it was news to me, as it was to a lot of the people listening. That said, we haven't been informed where, and if and when, these cuts will take place so it would be wrong of me to comment until they happen.'

Adding that it didn't overly concern him because he hasn't yet discussed it properly with the CEO, so when giving this interview - which I again presume was very soon after the AGM, McCoist was sensible enough to not speculate or think worst case until they had sat down properly and gone through details rather than just having brief chats post Wallace's announcement.

'We've had a couple of brief chats and our assessment, and certainly my assessment, is that Graham is going to take an overall view of the finances of the entire club, which is the right thing to do. Then he and I will sit down and look at the football side of the club, that will determine what happens in the coming months.'

McCoist does joke obviously that being a manager he'd rather have players in rather than leaving, but that shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody and he's no different from every other gaffer involved in the game.

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Date:Monday December 23 2013

Time: 10:41PM


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