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GRAHAM WALLACE says Rangers now has a solid base from which it can move forward with confidence as it looks to grow, prosper and thrive more as time goes on.

 

Wallace has spent the weekend in Toronto at the 2014 NARSA convention, where over 1,000 Light Blues fans have been in attendance.

The chief executive took questions in an open forum yesterday afternoon following the association’s annual general meeting.

A number of issues were raised with him and Wallace is keen to reassure Gers followers a path to a brighter future lies ahead.

He said: “It has been interesting talking to a different cross-section of fans in Toronto as it was an opportunity to hear at a really detailed level about some of the issues they have.

 

 

 

“Almost since the day I came to Rangers, we’ve been operating in an environment where there have been consistent questions about the financial stability of the club.

“I’ve repeatedly come out and said there’s no threat of administration and we’ve built a very solid base now which we’re moving forward from.

“The fans should take reassurance and comfort from that. We are moving in a way that allows us to grow and develop the business.

“The long-term financial stability of the business is well in hand and we are in a good place now. Fans should be confident and comfortable with the club’s long-term stability.

“The club needs them to survive like any business does and we are absolutely hoping they will stand behind and support the club the way they have in recent seasons.

“In the vast majority of areas, I think we are moving in the right direction and it is business as usual at the football club.

“The fans are looking for a degree of confidence that their club is stable, it’s being properly run and we are in a good position financially.

“We are now in our best position financially in my time at the club so that’s positive and we are placed very well for the start of the forthcoming Championship campaign.”

Wallace admits there is still considerable work to be done as Rangers bid to make up for what he feels has been a missed opportunity to rebuild in a better way since administration in 2012.

But he is sure a lot key moves have now been made which will allow the League One title winners to make more notable strides from now on.

He added: “I’ve been in position now for a little over six months and in that time it has been extremely challenging.

“There have been so many legacy issues we have had to deal with and we spent a considerable period of time looking at the condition and the state of the business.

“We had to map out what we think the club and the business is capable of doing over the next several years.

“We have done a tremendous amount of groundwork and we’ve addressed a significant number of issues.

“In April, we published our business review. That gave fans a sense of what we inherited but more importantly, a sense of the vision of where we think we can take the business.

“We have made significant strides but it’s not an overnight journey and what we are looking for now is to move forward again.

“We want to go through our pre-season routine into the new season and really push on, starting to make a huge difference in the areas we’ve identified.”

 

http://www.rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/item/7029-a-base-to-grow-from

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Fan Board Edging Closer

 

 

 

GRAHAM WALLACE believes Rangers are now moving closer to the successful establishment of their first fan board as the club activates in its biggest supporter engagement initiative.

 

The Ibrox chief executive will tonight return to the UK from Toronto, where he has spent a couple of days talking to Light Blues followers at the 2014 NARSA convention.

 

More than 1,000 of them have been in attendance and Wallace feels it has been important to reach out to them as he seeks to build bridges and create a better, sustainable future at Gers.

 

He addressed around 900 attendees at the gathering’s Grand Banquet yesterday and hopes his visit there can help develop a stronger relationship going forward.

 

Wallace said: “We have recognised right from day one we had a big job to do in terms of trying to improve engagement with the club’s fans.

 

“Several months ago we launched our Ready To Listen fan engagement survey and that was really just the first step.

 

“We’ve now gone through another two subsequent steps in terms of narrowing down areas of interest to the fans so we can fully understand what matters to them.

 

“We are currently moving into the third phase which is a set of detailed focus groups that involve people sitting round the table and looking at specific issues.

 

“It’s all designed to move us forward to the creation of our first Rangers fan board, which will be an official board that will act as the body to represent the fans with the club.

 

“We’re looking at the constitution and composition of that because we want to get a wide spread of Rangers fans engaged in talking to the club.

 

“Like anything else, these things take time to work their way through and particularly at a level where what we’re dealing with is not just a simple scenario.

 

“There are many issues dear to Rangers fans’ hearts. We’re trying to engage with them in a way they’ll say they can see progress and I think we have made a number of steps forward.”

 

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