Comment on Tangled Up In Blue by Stephen O’Donnell (Book Review) by Big Pink.

    Usual hand-wringing crisis talk this morning. Charlie Adam and Kristoffer Boyd saying kids are priced out of football because of expensive access to facilities – which is why nobody plays in the streets anymore.
    Nothing like joined up thinking eh?

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    Thought it was an obscure but relevant cultural reference 🙂

    On reflection though frown


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    I thin there is an element of wishful thinking on Twitter and elsewhere on the Kent issue.

    I don't think there is any good reason why TRFC wouldn't have paid the first instalment of the Kent transfer.

    In fact the loud whispers we heard alleged that the 6m or so was the total value of the deal over the four years of the contract. That would make the fee £2m – £3.5m depending on the add-on triggers being exercised. So a less arduous task to pay LFC than one might think (if true).

    For sure though, the financial stability of TRFC is a tenuous one – and although I am still of the opinion that admin is extremely unlikely, they may only be one drama away from a crisis.

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