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    Comment on Accountability via Transparency. by StevieBC.

    Like a lot of Bampots, I was really happy for Andy Robertson winning a CL winner's medal.

    Comes across as a thoroughly decent guy, and a model professional.

    His back story includes being released by his team CFC at age 15.  The story is that he was 'too small' in stature to be offered his first professional contract there.

    [Don't know if that is fact, but only what I've read in several places.]

     

    And a running joke is that Messi would never have made it in Scottish football because he was ‘far too small’.

     

    I would also speculate that neither Messi nor Ronaldo would have made it in Scottish football because they displayed too many 'fancies' or tricks, and because they dribbled too much instead of passing the ball.

     

    Whether the above is accurate or not, something in Scottish coaching is certainly NOT working when the national team is desperate – and clubs' impact in Europe is negligible.

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    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.

    wink


    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.

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    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!


    Recent Comments by StevieBC

    In Whose Interests
    Karma would be very naughty, if…

     

    King was to declare personal bankruptcy in South Africa!

     

    And the bears would be rendered speechless too…

     

    [Zero proof, just wishful thinking.  broken heart ]


    In Whose Interests
    Timtim 19th September 2019 at 09:15

    Alan Brazil has said on radio that there is a major problem at the top at Ibrox with owner in big trouble…

    Mark Allen may be speaking about the situation privately and it is leaking…

    but it really would leave serious questions of the SFA who allowed this charlatan back…

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    Another one of life's great mysteries: how the hell does TRFC manage to keep bumbling along, when it's financial health has been on life support virtually since birth?!

     

    If/when TRFC finally hits the buffers, the SFA will try to be as understanding / accommodating to the Ibrox club, as they were in 2012.

    The only difference this time though, IMO, is that the Hampden blazers will launch a significant PR campaign this time to try and justify their decisions.

     

    In 2012 there was just silence and secrecy from both the SFA and SPL.  Fans’ queries – and surveys – were simply ignored.

    This time they could play at engaging clubs and fans more publicly – but still push through their preferred actions, regardless, for the benefit of another Ibrox club.

    The SMSM will fill their columns with misinformation and blatant lies via obedient compliance with copy/paste instructions.

     

    The SFA has shown over the decades how stupid it is as an organisation – so why should we expect a different response to the next Ibrox crisis?


    In Whose Interests
    In the interests of accuracy / pedantry…

     

    I couldn't edit my post above in time, but;

    the 'c.£37M SFA revenue in recent years', is the rounded, average annual total over the 3 years to 31/12/18.


    In Whose Interests
    I was trying to access the SFA financial accounts to do a bit of analysis.  Was too tight to pay for access online, but got some key highlighlights off Duedil.

     

    I simply couldn't find the published accounts anywhere on the SFA site for The Scottish Football Association Ltd. indecision

     

    However, the SFA does provide a very limited view on their financials in their "Annual Review" segment of their website.

    This Review is almost exclusively focused on footballing performance rather financial.

    Anyway, point is that perhaps this latest 'grassroots review' is simply a convenient time to announce some high profile cost cutting at the SFA?

     

    The SFA accounts show that total revenue is relatively flat in recent years at c.£37M, whilst making a c.[£0.5M] loss in the last financial year to 31/12/18.

     

    [Interestingly, the accounts were submitted to Companies House in June – around the time that Petrie was publicly confirmed as the new President. Lots on the SFA website about his appointment but nothing about financial loss.]

     

    In the SFA's "Annual Review" for 2018, there are a couple of graphics covering financials for the year to 31/12/18.

    For expenditure there is a % breakdown – but no actuals.

    But a large slice of the – literally – Pie Chart displayed…

    is 24% of SFA expenditure for "Staff Costs".

     

    Which equates to a ball park of c.£9M of c.£37M income being spent on salaries, pension costs, etc.

    [And of course, these staff costs wouldn't include travel costs, hotel costs, per diem, etc. for any free-loading blazers attending e.g. away fixtures around the world.]

     

    Also, the staff headcount actually INCREASED at Hampden last year – slightly – to a total of 196 people.

     

    Now, with supposedly only 32K attending Hampden for the Russia game and only 20K for the Belgium game, the SFA must be expecting historically low numbers for their next home games.

     

    They can't put all their eggs in one basket and pray that Clarke – somehow – achieves qualification via the Play Offs in March.

    They have to start cost cutting, IMO.

    In fact, they probably should have started cost cutting long before now anyway.

     

    Mibbees the SMSM could find the CEO Maxwell, an ask him;

     

    – is the SFA expected to make a bigger loss this year?

    – has the SFA taken on even more staff this year?

    – what is the SFA doing to manage overhead costs, when total income is flat or declining ?

    – could some of the 24% of expenditure on 'Staff Costs' be better used for grass roots level development?

    etc.

    [I am pretty sure there will be a few other pertinent questions to be easily gleaned from the accounts lodged at Companies House.]

     


    In Whose Interests
    A Comment lifted from a Guardian article on Scotland's demise in international football;

    "ChrisGordon

    Apparently there is a dodgy scam E Mail doing the rounds at the moment.

    It promises two free tickets for Scotland's next home game.

    Don't open it.

    It contains two free tickets for Scotland's next home game."

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