Billionaire Rangers fan Jim McColl has claimed that Fenway Sports Group (FSG), who own Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox, contacted him about taking over Rangers.
John Henry, one of the FSG’s founders became interested in using ‘Moneyball’ after reading a book about the Oakland Athletics baseball team’s general manager Billie Beane, who had made it famous.
Henry actually tried to lure Beane to the Red Sox (the equivalent of Real Madrid trying to sign someone from Arbroath) but Beane rejected and the franchise went on to implement their own interpretation.
McColl claims that FSG wanted to use the ‘Moneyball’ technique at Rangers – but admitted that it’s something that he won’t get involved in.
“At no time in my mind was I going to buy (Rangers). Although, I might think differently now because I was learning about this technique that was used in Moneyball,” McColl said in an interview with author and entrepreneur Rob Moore, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
“That is what’s happening in Liverpool. It is the same technique they’re using. You see them 22 points ahead of everybody else (Klopp’s team are 25 points clear of Manchester City) using this technique. So that’s a thought.
“In fact, we were approached recently to see if we were interested in looking at it again. The people who have invested in Liverpool would be interested in looking at it with us and applying the same techniques. Not that I’ll ever do it, but it’s nice to think about them being 22 points ahead of Celtic.”
While it sounds like a great plan, in theory, Scottish FA rules almost immediately make it a non-starter -although the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic could change that.
If FSG were to invest in Rangers it would make for a very interesting situation for manager Steven Gerrard given his links with Anfield.
After Dave King announced he was stepping down as chairman on Friday, it could open the door for some new investment – and a whole new way of doing things at Ibrox.