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    We’re Gonny Need Another Baw.
    Apologies for the downtime folks. Sadly we have lost all comments made on Saturday as we had to restore the site from a backup made at 5.00am on Saturday.

    Hoping that things will settle down now.

    I have arranged to do a Podcast with David Low next weekend – AFTER Dave's Deadline Day. I have also arranged to do a more in-depth interview with David on the 25 anniversary of the McCann takeover – particularly with regard to if and how the whole episode had any impact on the wider game in Scotland.

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    We’re Gonny Need Another Baw.
    The fans without scarves thing is nothing new of course, but still shocking to see. Kudos to FWS for presenting the facts – particularly the bit that highlights the failure of our national team to qualify for any international tourney since The Cheating Years began in earnest.

    The SFA and its satellites are utterly corrupt. Nepotism, cronyism, amateurism. No meritocratic behaviours or procedures of any kind – even when it comes to what goes on in the field of play. Run by third rate lawyers on behalf of fifth rate blazers. And the lawyers and the blazers know this

    No accountability. No shame. We have long been a laughing stock to those south of the border who see us as their pound-shop doppelgangers. They no longer even bother to laugh.

    Ridicule has lost it's novelty.

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    Both Bobby and Jim great Hearts people – and real characters in a game sadly bereft of them these days. RIP Bobby, and get well soon Jim.

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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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    The Belgian model seems to have paid dividends with the national squad, but not in terms of club successes in Europe. Could be coincidental either way of course, but at least they have a structure.
    I don’t believe there is any congenital lack of talent in Scottish schools though, so the question needs to be asked, “why do countries of comparable size almost invariably outperform us at club and international level?”
    Street football is in decline because other pursuits are becoming more popular with kids – and anxious parents. The authorities need to address that in a marketing sense, and also deal with the lack of ball time available to kids who are serious about their game.
    As EJ says, they haven’t followed through sufficiently on the latter point. Goes without saying that they have a marketing crisis when it is apparent to anyone that the game in Scotland is in the hands of amateurs. Kinda puts prospective professionals off.

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    Off to Crewe for a funeral but will respond to some of the excellent points made re development when I get back on Sat.

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