Comment on Accountability via Transparency. by wottpi.

    I think I heard right on the radio news earlier it looks like the Scotland Job may be down to 

    McInnes, Clarke and Gemmill.

    All could do a job I suppose but it that it?

    For all the talk of Scotland having great coaching courses that the rest of the world admire etc etc etc  we are limited to a choice of 3 people.


    Gemmill has no real standing in the managerial game.

    I think McInnes may well stay at Aberdeen

    Clarke has done a good job with Kilmarnock given what he had to work with but for all the praise seen them twice this season come away with 3 points due to late single goal winners at Tynecastle. Well organised in terms of sucking up pressure and hitting on the break but both games ranked pretty ordinary to dire to be honest and a poor Hearts team could have easily won at home as they did down at Killie.

    He may be best of such a limited short list and would be my choice, but  how much of a compliment is that given the lack of options.

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    nawlite 20th June 2019 at 15:27

    I think Gemma Fay was probably implying the problem for goalies is that you are trained for basic shot stopping to 'set' with feet parallel, then you move forward and place the foot at an angle to the side you are seeking to make the save. You then drive off that front foot to dive. This is exactly what Lee Alexander did last night but she went too early

    If you have already committed to one side and left your other foot on the goal line you will struggle to make a save in the opposite direction.


    If you watch the retaken penalty from last night  you will see how Alexander's feet all get caught up as she tries to step while keeping one foot on the line.


    The view from the 'net cam' shows what I mean.



    Accountability via Transparency.
    Agree with all the comments re the Ref should be the one calling on VAR to provide clarification if unsure / undecided for an agreed set of laws/offenses.

    The VAR, as it appeared last night, should not be telling the Ref they missed something as the game is in progress.

    However players and coaches have themselves to blame.

    Goalkeepers coming off the line at penalties, yards stolen at throw-ins the inability to place a ball on a penalty spot or within the corner arc, play acting, going down softly etc etc  all combine to have the authorities reviewing what can be done to make the game more honest.

    Technology now allows such behaviour to be fully analysed and thus we get, in some ways,  the game we deserve.

    Accountability via Transparency.
    So if I understand the reports from our own John Clark and elsewhere :-

    T'Rangers appear to have entered into a contract with Memorial Walls to provide some form of memorial and place of reflection for fans and one of the themes within the design was to be the Ibrox Disaster.

    A contract appears to have been signed and in terms of the sums being mentioned in damages the works may have had a value of £6.4m or more. However the Memorial Walls people are happy to settle for £1m to presumably cover the costs incurred in preparing their bid and initial works undertaken after the contract was signed. I would suspect in that sum there will be an allowance made for items such as hiring additional resources or maybe turning down other work on the basis they T'Rangers contract gave them a full order book.

    At some point after the contract was signed it could be the case John Greig has said something along the lines of 'this is a load of rubbish and we shouldn't really go ahead and have a rethink'. however that is unclear. But what is known is someone at Ibrox definitely pulled the plug after they had put pen to paper.

    The question is why pull the plug?

    Or another question is, if you are living hand to mouth, why sign up for a multi-million pound project that should really be low down on your list of priorities.

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    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    I note a number of press reports saying Zebra Finance have pulled out of deals offering installment payment plans for season tickets.

    Hibs and Hearts mentioned in the Edinburgh Press but I recall T'Rangers also used this firm in the past.

    I am sure others may pick up the baton but wonder if that may just add another cash flow problem for certain clubs?




    One, er, Two Rules to Rule Them All
    Who would have thought  a Levein 4-6-0 might be an option come San Marino!!

    Always been a supporter of SPFL players like Shinnie getting a game. Know he plays further up the park these days but a real poor showing defending tonight. 

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    StevieBC 19th March 2019 at 16:48

    No fan of the poor behaviour from Morelos over the season but in this half-time incident he is totally blameless.

    As opposed to trying to get Morelos banned, Broadfoot's cowardly and unsporting behaviour should be shouted from the roof tops.

    If the same incident had been against Shinnie, Naismith, Brown, Kamberi the commentary on the action would have been totally different.

    Anyone receiving a sly rake at the achilles and heel would naturally turn and ask WTF and I would expect all those named above would have mostly likely raised their hands and pushed back in the same circumstances.

    Does Money Indeed Ruin Football?
    Caught a wee bit of the radio shortbread phone in this morning re the recent issues regarding misbehaviour at football matches and what should be done.

    What struck me was that a good few people who phoned in said they either didn't or no longer attended football because they were not interested or turned off by the nonsense that goes on.

    In the same way I don't often go to Opera, these folks are part of the larger population that have no interest in an activity that others enjoy. They are getting this nonsense rammed down their throats on news items etc because there is a belief football is in some way important.

    Therefore the question has to be asked. Who exactly are the like of the Union Bears, the Green Brigade and others appealing to?

    There may indeed but some folks who like to sing the songs and spew the bile but a good deal of 'fellow fans' are probably cringing. Others who could be attracted to the game are giving it a miss and doing something they feel is a better use of their time.

    So I suppose my question is what is the point of it all?



    Does Money Indeed Ruin Football?
    upthehoops 8th March 2019 at 10:18

    You may have experienced bigotry and that is wholly unacceptable, but that doesn't mean it is all pervasive as you suggest /imply.

    I am not denying there are issues and questions to be asked  but I have Irish ancestry and was brought up a catholic and have had no issues whatsoever in my life.

    In football terms I object to the loyalist/unionist sectarian guff from the dafties at Tynecastle but also do not want to hear the some of the nonsense from Celtic fans when they come to visit.

    49 Championships, 38 Scottish Cups, 18 League Cups, A European Cup and three other Euro finals.

    Not bad for being the oppressed.

    As for the politics angle, in terms of wanting a Catholic UK Prime Minister the recent leading 'Catholic lights' are the likes of Jacob Rees Mogg and Ann Widicombe. Add to that Iain Duncan Smith (ex Tory Party leader)  and Damien Green (currently second in command as First Secretary of State). I wouldn't trust them go for a pint of milk let alone run the country.

    Tony Blair of course converted to Catholicism after being in the top job but who knows what religious zeal drove him to dabbling in the middle-east and co-operating with the hard Christian right of America.

    Tony Gallagher, Editor-in-chief of The Sun (and previously of the Mail) is a catholic. Any evidence of compassionate Catholicism seeping out of those publications?

    In Scotland Jim Murphy is someone who could have perhaps taken a stab at the First Minister but his dismal performance leading the Scottish Labour in the 2015 UK election saw the SNP win 56 of the 59 seats. His Catholicism didn't help negate the fact he was useless.

    I am afraid that many things don't work in the UK and Scotland because too many incompetents get into positions of power and religion bias or persecution is not necessarily a factor.