Comment on Accountability via Transparency. by StevieBC.

    Well, since the tea & biscuits "Referees Summit" at Perth in February…


    does anyone think that the refereeing standards has improved?


    I think since February the standards have noticeably declined further.


    So, is any improvement to refereeing standards simply 'on hold' until / unless VAR is implemented?


    And yet again: why would any decent manager want to associate with the incompetents at Hampden?

    If – somehow – Steve Clarke becomes Scotland manager I'll buy a ticket for the Cyprus game!

    [Won't attend but I'll buy a ticket.  ]

    StevieBC Also Commented

    Accountability via Transparency.
    Ex Ludo,

    yes, more obscene flaunting of an organisation's wealth – for the benefit of the blazers at the very top of their particular tree / trough.

    And this seems to reflect the increasing likelihood that the only sports on the planet which can be regarded as honest are those played at true, amateur level

    …without the malignant influence of money and business to distort the basic principles of participation.


    Accountability via Transparency.
    Shirley, Gerrard's advisers are frantically searching for a new club down south?

    He's had an OK rookie season – and his stock could be as high as it can ever get with TRFC.


    He is limited to Bosmans and loanees to improve his squad, and deliver silverware.  Even a highly experienced manager might struggle to satisfy Ibrox expectations with such meagre resources.


    CFC is spending £3M+ on a teenager with a lot of potential, (…has he actually signed yet?).

    TRFC simply can't compete with that level of investment.


    If Gerrard doesn't get his team to overachieve next season, he will be unceremoniously booted out of Ibrox.

    I'm guessing his contract would have a break clause after his first season?

    Now might be his best/only opportunity to jump on the managerial merry-go-round down south?

    Accountability via Transparency.
    Ex Ludo 21st June 2019 at 17:38

    StevieBC@10.52 https://twitter.com/heavidor/status/1141934617546633218?s=21 Never mind the millions landing at Firhill, it’s all about the “big data” analytics.


    Ah, but Ex Ludo, I fear that these investors could be onto plums.

    Yes, Big Data and continuously tweaked and refined algorithms, variables and weightings does have a place in sports – as proved in the States.

    But, in this scenario with Patrick Thistle, I would suggest that NO algorithms could account for the vagaries of Scottish football.

    Outright corruption, fixed cup draws, dodgy refs, 4 penalties for one team, inconsistent refereeing decisions, inconsistent disciplinary decisions, etc…

    Too many outliers in Scottish football. 


    And just what would an Americans make of the SFA or SPFL?

    They would be taking the blazers to Court on a very regular basis, and exploiting every dodgy precedent set by RFC/TRFC!

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    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond

    I'm a bit slow off the mark.


    The TRFC 'lawyer' whose honesty was queried in Court, is called Blair.  

    The clue could be in the name. indecision


    Wonder if he could be related to that other well known liar – and [alleged] war criminal?

    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    Giovanni, I did try – but at 106 pages long, my wee tablet just automatically closed it down in protest!

    But what I managed to see was that is was a "Re-Amended Defence…"

    I'm at a loss to explain / understand how a re-amendment – and counterclaim – can be lodged BEFORE the actual 'quantum' of the damages due has been confirmed in Court.

    On the face of it, it looks like RIFC is seeking to create further delays – even before the Court has completed the next stage in the process.

    As such, it doesn't seem to be raised by RIFC in good faith, IMO.

    I rest my case m'lud.

    I'll get my wig…  enlightened

    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    I didn't know that Traynor had the ability to produce subtle, PR p!sh.

    This DR headline and quote is from an article whose main purpose is left unsaid: the scruffy Celtic manager wears a tracksuit – and is certainly not 'classy'.


    "The Rangers tradition Steven Gerrard honours but admits doesn't suit him

    [He said] "But with Rangers they like the manager to be in a suit, the club is very traditional and they like you to look smart and classy so that’s the reason why I wear a suit on the side."


    And Klopp is never going to get the Ibrox gig then.  indecision

    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    As a CFC fan: if the ref Collum on Sunday makes a few glaring howlers which significantly assist TRFC…


    then I won't complain – at all.

    In fact, I'll stop moaning about the quality of the top flight Scottish refs permanently.


    At the AGM, questions were raised about referees.

    As far as I'm aware, there was no mention from the Board about the introduction of VAR.

    As far as I'm aware, nobody at CFC has publicly commented on the vacant (?) Head of Referee Operations.

    And, I'm not aware of any follow up from the 'Refs Summit' held in February to address the complaints about refereeing standards.


    So, if my own club is passive about improving refereeing standards, then I'm simply not going to bother getting excited about any future, 'dubious' refereeing decisions.

    Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
    Yes JC, and IMO this ET rebranding could signal exactly how their footy reporting is going to annoy Internet Bampots even more!


    I remember years ago when The Glasgow Herald rebranded as The Herald, possibly to remove any parochial slant – as it was a 'proper' national paper at that time.


    Now its sister title has dropped 'Evening' as it no longer – I believe – produces evening and 'late' editions. 

    But, it has chosen instead to go for Glasgow Times – perhaps to be regarded as a more local paper: more parochial?

    By default, it will be even more focused on its Glasgow customer base – and the quality of its footy coverage will decline even further, (I know!).


    And it's curious that the ET is rebranding so late in the day, when it's print output has already fallen off a cliff.

    But, it's just deck chairs and rearranging for the owners Newsquest…  indecision​​