Earlier on, I wrote about Maxwell’s shocking comments about the Scottish Cup Final, his latest self-justifying rationale for why our national trophy has been devalued and debased.
But in the same interview, he also made some further daft remarks about VAR.
“”It’s definitely a work in progress, it was always going to be like that,” said Ian Maxwell.
But Ange has already blown this daft assertion out of the water. The technology is no different from that which is used everywhere, and it’s simple to do. So what is this “work in progress” guff he’s talking about?
“The technology has worked,” Maxwell said, “which is pleasing because you’re always worried when you implement something of this size and scale.”
He makes it sound as if we installed a nuclear reactor.
As Ange pointed out in his brutal takedown of this barmy idea, Australian football is considered a relative backwater and they have been using VAR as standard for an age now without half of this controversy.
He really thinks that it’s worked?
He has to be mad. Very few clubs are happy either with the technology or the way it’s been implemented. He knows that. He’s heard the complaints. He’s read the papers. He knows that this isn’t working.
But typically, he’s trying to keep the attention away from those who are responsible for the failure. The technology itself does work; that’s a fact. It’s those running the controls who leave a lot to be desired. It’s those behind the screens who are the problem.
“Along as there are referees in football, there is going to be contention about decisions,” he said, and that’s the biggest insult of them all.
We know this. This isn’t a secret.
But Scottish football has issues no other country has, and lax regulations which other countries would regard as mad. This guy refuses to confront the real problems; Hell, you can tell from this interview that he’s not even convinced that there is a problem to confront.
He either really thinks this is alright, or at least that he’s smart enough to convince us that it is.
It’s a dire interview either way.