Change needed at Premiership, Dave at it again


I know people are sensitive about their place in the football food chain, you and I certainly are, but when two clubs are promoted to the Scottish Premiership, only to find their managers leave before May is out, we should contemplate why?

Jack Ross finished top of the pile with St Mirren and left for a dysfunctional, but comparatively wealthy, Sunderland.  We played St Mirren in the Scottish Cup on our way to the Invincibles Treble and Brendan Rodgers suggested they were the best Scottish team we faced that season.  Ross might become a top manager, or he might be a cheap throw of the dice by Shredder Martin Bain the new chief exec, who is now working his magic as Sunderland chief exec.

Livingston lost David Hopkin this morning amid rumours he is set to take over at another English League One team, Shrewsbury Town.  On paper, Hopkin ticks boxes, albeit based on two seasons of successive promotions.

I cannot blame either manager as both will be offered deals that St Mirren and Livingston, but there is disappointment that the Premiership will be left with two significantly weakened promoted clubs.  As well as Hamilton Accies.

I hope St Mirren prosper as they have solid fundamentals and if they punch their weight will comfortably survive, but the league does not benefit from having teams smaller than St Mirren, Kilmarnock and Motherwell.

Two divisions of 10 teams sharing the bulk of SPFL commercial income, while recognising the already-semi-professional rest of the clubs as community enterprises, with play-off-only access to the second tier, would allow clubs like Falkirk and Dunfermline to share a bit more of the cake and take a longer term development view, instead of binning their youth strategies, as Falkirk just have.  Middle order clubs like these two would benefit enormously from budget predictability.  Community enterprises can be a great focus for an area, but not if a director is trying to play Fifa (reference for the youth demographic).

Another day, another Dave King statement.  ‘But, but, but……’, I paraphrase.  How to burn bridges and lose influence in one easy lesson.  He is trying very hard to put pressure on the Scottish football authorities.  It will be interesting to see if they are inhibited when it comes to dealing with Oldco’s 2011 Uefa registration.

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  1. 50 shades of green on





    Seems that some people on here could do with a wee prick of conscience,a reminder of why we are who we are. And it’s not because someone pished down the back of your legs in the 70s.






    Bobby, Might have been the last time he got any warmth out of being a Celtic fan..????




    NATKNOW 524



    I got heavily deleted for saying similar,though less politely.



    Seems that some people on here could do with a wee prick of conscience,a reminder of why we are who we are. And it’s not because someone pished down the back of your legs in the 70s.




    The most shocking part of what you just wrote there is the notion of you being impolite. I simply refuse to believe it!



    A wee prick you say…? :-)))



    Look – some of the people that post on here clearly do so to get the kind of attention they might not receive in real life. Sad, but do I care? Nah – life’s too short to waste on losers.

  3. GER57 on 31ST MAY 2018 5:48 PM



    NatKnow 5.24



    Aye, and maybe a doctor too.




    Psychiatrist mate? :-))))

  4. GER57 on 31ST MAY 2018 5:48 PM


    NatKnow 5.24



    Aye, and maybe a doctor too.





    I’d also add the silver haired undertaker from Still Game, measuring up and the punches fly, like in an old style Western ‘filum’

  5. Just read back and saw people talking about a 10 team league, no thanks, would much prefer a 14 team league. Each team players total of 26 games before split



    Top 6 play further 10 games (36 total)



    bottom 8 play further 14 games (40 total)



    2 team automatically



    2 teams dropping into play offs against each other to avoid championship play off winners



    We have more thanks enough teams to run with 14 team Top league a 14 team championship.




  6. Kenny Miller also fined.



    They don’t like it up em captain Mainwaring.

  7. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    If there was really a “conflict of interest” then surely our closest rivals would have complained?


    Then again Aberdeen have their own strategy for running their club in a stand-alone manner and don’t feel the need to constantly attempt to link themselves to Celtic in order to make themselves appear (more) relevant.

  8. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Eh, Stevie gee day has been cancelled.


    Looks like the new mesiah is away on “transfer business”




    Mrs Burns from McGhees bakery on the Copland road has been given permission to speak to the new raingers supremo !

  9. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    In the light of what JTT53 has reported, could I ask that we do not respond until Mrs. K Miller has made a full and open exclosure.

  10. Garry,



    Juno and the Paycock, BBC R3 drama. (Lasts 2 hours!) Will be available to play for the next 3 weeks. You will need to register with the BBC, but that’s easy. (If your not a licence payer, just say you are, they don’t check)




  11. Jimmynotpaul on

    From Canal +tv.


    Deschamps after being asked about the u21s.


    ” A lot of positives for sure, another goal for Dembele? It’s not a surprise, he is one of the best young talents in Europe and he just missed out on the squad, he has the potential to be an iconic figure in French football”

  12. Jimmynotpaul on



    How are things ?


    You, Pedro will be working out his bonus for next year. :-)


    I can’t slag him too much though, since he went to my school.


    What he’s achieved for himself, considering his background is impressive.


    He’s older than me and even when I left, very few would go on to uni. In fact very few were attending. :-)


    Hail Hail

  13. Delaneys Dunky on




    Thank you for that Sean O’Casey info. I would loved to have been in Dublin in those times.


    James Joyce’s Dubliners then Ullyses blew my mind at school. Made school good disecting O’Casey and Joyce work in 4th and 5th years.

  14. Jimmynotpaul on

    FAIRHILL BHOY on 31ST MAY 2018 8:25 PM


    Any update on BP,or frankie and bennie,asking for a friend ?



    Judging by how quiet it is, a good few must have been red carded :-)


    I noticed reading back someone doing a list of who is missing from the blog.


    It would be quicker just to list who is still posting. :-)


    Hail Hail

  15. Delaneys Dunky on

    Melbourne Mick



    Jamie Smith’s parents are my sis and Dumbarton player Christopher McLaughlin’s next door neighbours in Upper Kilbowie. Jamie has been influential with my nephew in his career. The Smith family are lovely Bankie Tims. Through and through.



  16. Delaneys Dunky on




    I loved our games in Knightswood of Worldy, double heiders and 10-21 big sideys. I always preferred you on my team. You were good in the air and a good defensive Centre Half type player. Wee jinky Graham got the ball and nabedy got a touch for 10mins. He should have made it pro, like Tosh. Toosh was a player too. Us Kirkton Tims were better though. ????????

  17. What is the Stars on



    Its been a while since we had a ” I nearly snogged Clare Grogan/Clare Grogans pal/sister ” discussion….


    Now that the football’s over???


    Anybody ?

  18. JNP


    Good thanks, starting to heat up, taken it’s time this year but it will get there.


    Pedro imo is probably the best CEO in the UK, I don’t always agree with what he does, but he does it well, all things taken into account, we shouldn’t have the kinda cash in the bank that we do, we are winning bling to beat the band, the long term planning looks to be trundling along just fine and dandy, a hell of a lot of that is down to Pedro, most of my time on the planet I have been against the suits, but they sure have given me food for thought so they have :-)


    I trust you are keeping well.


    Take care



  19. WITS


    Read back and saw that your mother-in-law is poorly and that you’re likely to miss Lisbon.


    Priorities mate, we’ll catch up some other time I’m sure. I hope she is well and if not I hope she is comfortable.


    Take care.

  20. Stars


    I did more than snog Annie Lennox, we were mates in the same crowd for a couple of years.


    I carried Maggie Reilly’s knitting home for her one night, she was awesome.


    That’s my claim to fame :-)



  21. Delaneys Dunky on




    My mate Paul Welch, who became a DJ and had a show on Radio Clyde for years, snogged Clare Grogan at a Saint Tams/ Notre Dame for young ladies joint disco. I went home lonely that night. I was a shy schoolbhoy. ??

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