Posted on Sunday, 24th June 2012 by lordofthewing
The last few days have been momentous in the playground of Scottish Football. We have seen the bullied stand up to the bully who despite being dead was still throwing threats from beyond the grave with a badly thought up move to England story.
The headmaster Neil Doncaster has failed in his call for leniency. The bullied are going to inflict the only punishment that can befit a new club. Expulsion.
Problem is that the School governors have seen that Doncaster cant control his anarchic pupils and decided that they need the bullies inbred cousin – the outcome of a strange experiment in a petry dish, which sees it horribly mutated carryin’ a bolder sized chip on it’s shoulder due to the hilarious nature of it’s birth – to ensure they reach the care in the community charter mark.
Just as the SPL clubs looked in their pants and find a set of balls, David Longmuir was offering the SFL up as a dog willing to get it’s belly tickled as long as it gets the choice of food in the fridge. This will see SFL clubs being offered a bigger slice of Tv and Sponsorship revenue, play offs be introduce and the disbandment of the SFL/SPL with the SFA taking over the governance of the new league set up.
All in exchange for letting a new club forgo the normal application process and being allowed entry into first division. Remember this is not a relegation. This is them ripping up their own rule book to a certain degree. The SFL’s entry criteria seems not to be entirely football related anyway. See Gretna gaining entry.
Time and clubs opinions will be the major stumbling blocks. The league is meant to start in 6 weeks. Is this enough time to canvas the clubs? Partick Thistle fans have took the unsurprising view – which fits in nicely club’s pure virginal image – that they would be against this rule change, while Livingston must be disgusted that this is even being considered after they were relegated 2 divisions for perusing and gaining a CVA. Falkirk have stated they will be against it and Dunfermline will still be smarting that Dundee have piggy backed in to the SPL.
They require 23 out of the 30 clubs to railroad this proposal through. Plus you have the factor that I reckon Charles Green can’t afford to run the new club in any division.
The SFA are the ones acting like a man that has been kneecapped. The blind panic that they are losing blood, won’t walk again or could die unless they get to a hospital is what we are seeing just now. They realise that the whole game is not fit for purpose after years of neglect (and no pyramid system that would see a natural endgame in all of this) but have to balance commercial interests with that of the ever watching beady eye of the football authorities.
They need to return home to the wife and kids a changed man while continuing to pay maintenance for the illegitimate basta*rds he has spawned.
It is a carve up. I have no doubt about that. It’s like being asked to eat a reheated curry after being told that it’s freshly made. Problem is, I like reheated curry – nothing better for a Sunday morning breakfast – and though the reason for change is wrong the game needs change.
How does it effect us? I hear nothing but moans that we as a big club will be funding the lesser mortals. That we are the attraction for the Tv deal. That why should we give a share of our gate to them? (I really don’t think a return to split gates is on the cards though). That we will suffer because we are strong.
It seems that we have have all fallen for our CEO’s party line and that we have been very hypocritical in our ire aimed at Chairmen when it looked like they would buy a ticket for the greed train. On one hand we moan at the pitiful deals the SPL get and we take a strop when we are going to be asked to give up a fraction of our meager share.
One thing about the Dead Rangers was that they never acted like a big club in all this administration/liquidation business. The New Club are also not acting like a potential big club.
Celtic need to act like the big club in the league. We having been banging on about fairness and sporting integrity. We need to act like we believed in those values for all and not just when it suits us. We need to as the biggest support use this time to ensure that we fight for fairness for us. That means we need to campaign for maxium pricing when we visit away grounds. We can no longer be fleeced (as discussed here).
Us and them can’t get it both ways
Anyway, any lost revenue will just be made up when we fly to the States for a couple of friendlies and here is a revolutionary idea why don’t some who are moaning actually go and purchase season books if you are so concerned about us losing some loose change?