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Rangers to appoint Raynor’s successor

A successor for ousted Southampton Rangers president Randy Raynor could be installed by the club’s Board of Directors at a special meeting scheduled for tonight.

The former top cricketer and military sergeant major was asked to resign after receiving a vote of no confidence from his superiors during a meeting held at the South Shore club earlier this week.

According to a club spokesperson, Raynor could be replaced as early as today by someone who will serve in the top post on an interim basis until the club holds its next annual general meeting.

Rangers’ upcoming AGM could be held as early as May when members will be given the chance to elect someone to fill the presidential post on a permanent basis.

“The president has been served (vote of no confidence) and we are having a meeting tomorrow (today) with staff and then we will make an appointment for the interim for someone to act on his behalf,” the Rangers spokesperson said.

“Everything is still sketchy right now because we do not know if he has acted on the letter (outlining the vote of no confidence) yet. But after tomorrow everything will be settled.

“If he hasn’t (resigned) then the club will just have to go a little deeper.”

It remains unclear whether or not Rangers vice president Gerri Saltus will be appointed as the club’s interim president in Raynor’s absence.

Long serving member and club director Ryan Belboda has also emerged as a potential candidate to take over the top post on an interim basis.

For the second straight day Raynor did not return calls to

The Royal Gazette.

It is understood The ex- Rangers and Somerset Cup Match pace ace has come under fire for his handling of club and has also been blamed for the club’s poor financial standing.

The club’s debt reportedly stood at $160,000 nearly two years ago and has risen since.

“I can’t confirm how much money is outstanding,” the club spokesperson said. “But we have been trying to get advisers to work with our treasurer (Gavin Simmons) to try and right the ship.”

Raynor has been accused of micro managing the club and his decision to back the club’s boycott of last summer’s Western Counties competition also ruffled feathers.

The former Rangers stalwart succeeded John Tucker as the club’s president in 2008.

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Published March 22, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 22, 2012 at 9:06 am)

Rangers to appoint Raynor’s successor

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