Comment on Does Money Indeed Ruin Football? by StevieBC.

    Not to exonerate any of the Neanderthals who have thrown objects / punches whilst posing as normal footy fans, but…


    When we have in Scottish football;

    • thoroughly corrupt administrators
    • a convicted criminal club chairman 
    • inherently biased referees
    • a totally biased, untruthful SMSM
    • a club pretending to be a liquidated, massively cheating club
    • police and assorted match stewards simply turning a blind eye to dodgy, offensive singing


    Rather than query why a few neds throw bottles, flares or approach players on the park, the questions should be;


    Why should anyone expect decent, upstanding citizens to support such a reprehensible sporting set up?

    And further: why should they buy tickets for their kids and expose them to the total shambles that is Scottish football?


    Absolutely no point in focusing on those who tarnish Scottish football at the stadiums – if there is no focus on those who tarnish Scottish football from their positions at the SFA / SPFL.


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    Does Money Indeed Ruin Football?
    From ET last week;

    "6th March

    Alex McLeish: Allan McGregor won't take the huff with Scotland over his SFA rap

    By Stewart Fisher

    ALEX McLeish will confidently name Allan McGregor in his Scotland squad next week – putting an end to fears that the Rangers goalkeeper could take his recent brush with the SFA’s disciplinary department out on the national team…

    "Are there any concerns about Allan?" said the Scotland manager. "No, I don’t think so. The SFA are the governing body and we are all part of it but no, I don’t think so. That would be like me back in the day going up for one of my disciplinary hearings and shouting ‘Jock, Mr Stein – that’s it, I’m not playing for Scotland any more’. That won’t be an issue with Allan, he is bigger than that.” …

    Then 5 days later, from the ET today;

    "Rangers keeper Allan McGregor steps down from Scotland duty

    … [he] has announced his retirement from Scotland duty…"



    Good to see the Scotland manager has his finger on the pulse WRT his team…


    Does Money Indeed Ruin Football?
    "BREAKING" from the DR, so must be true…

    "Alfredo Morelos signs another new Rangers deal as he hails 'special' club

    The Colombian striker has put to pen on a new contract extension that will keep him at Ibrox until 2023…"


    And this is a first: well played Level42!

    No really.

    Grab control of the narrative and stop the social media ridicule.

    A good news story for the bears just before a tricky game against Hibs tonight, and Aberdeen in the cup next week.


    Doesn't matter if Morelos has signed an extension or not.

    And why would he if he wants an EPL move?

    He might have agreed something else though?

    Creates positive headlines. 

    When do ST's go on sale at Ibrox again?


    And in the meantime TRFC can still hawk Morelos around any clubs with money.

    Level42 can still generate p!sh headlines in the SMSM with 'scouting stories' and interest in Morelos from all the big clubs.

    But, King can publicly shout:

    "We don't want to sell Morelos…honest.  He has a new contract…honest."


    So, good effort there Traynor.


    [Suppose an intrepid journalist could ask the SFA if a new contract has indeed been lodged with their relevant department? Well, we all know that any / all player contracts copies MUST be lodged at Hampden, and that the SFA is really, really strict about this…]

    Does Money Indeed Ruin Football?
    The DR is latterly picking up on social media chatter on Collum not refereeing TRFC games.


    At first glance it looks a bit like journalism.

    But no questions / opinions, and absolutely no follow up questioning of the SFA today.

    [The piece does quote the SFA CEO – from back in December!]


    And as per, nobody at the DR wants to take 'credit' for this puff piece;

    "By Record Sports Online"

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    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…


    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?


    [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;


    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."