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. So it was supposed to be Stevie G day tomorrow but instead of the big unveiling he’s issued a statement saying he’ll be there in a couple of weeks. Okay dokey. And so it begins.

  2. THE EXILED TIM on 31ST MAY 2018 10:28 PM



    Sounds to me like Stevie told them he’s not coming tomorrow as expected and they fired out a statement with a few sound bites to keep the fans on board. Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s stil thinking it over. I still think he’ll take the gig mind you.

  3. weebobbycollins on

    Okay! You asked for it…I worked with ms grogan at a fantasia gig early 90s at the secc….but I didn’t snog her…married man and all that…

  4. Or he’s calling their bluff, you’ve got two weeks to show me the colour of yer dosh, or else.

  5. What is the Stars on



    Thanks pal. Hope you are well.




    Go on outta dat. Tell the truth…your secret will be safe with us

  6. Stevie






    I know it’s you Stevie take aff that bald wig, oh naw it’s McCallister, did Stevie no turn up.


    Ffs never mind guys Gary will do a sterling job..


    This will be the Lying King on the steps of the bigot dome the morra when addressing the Gullibillys ???






    D. :)

  7. D17


    For sure he will turn up, his credibility would be damaged big time if he didn’t, even his breathing activities could be curtailed, this is no ordinary appointment, it makes a bit of sense when you think about where the cash is coming from, the NI connection and the like, allegedly of course, I could be totally wrong, but I doubt it.



  8. Delaneys Dunky on




    If Stevie Gee wrote that? It his best use of the written word he has ever attempted. I suspect a Traynor ghost writer. Stevie is pure stupit btw.




    Hope your mum in law goes onto make a full recovery .






    Eddie is good , but , she’s no Shakira !!! :)))



    I just want to say that, whatever Ms Grogan says, I deny it all. She is a well known exaggerater. It was only 9 times.






    Didn’t you get the message after the first KB. ;)))

  11. Once sang to Clare Grogan outside a gig in toon



    I am a few years younger(maybe 4) and sure i impressed her



    : > )



    16 years old 6ft 3 10 stone weaking in a Herr Flick black Rubber trench


    coat from FLIP.



    As for Eddy Reader many a good memories up the dancing


    singing Fairground attractions…..Its got to be CELTIC

  12. Delaneys Dunky on




    Got flung out Henri Afrikas one night for singing rebel songs steaming. Happy Days ???

  13. weebobbycollins on

    WITS…seriously, when we were introduced I didn’t know who she was…during a wee break we got chatting and she told me about her career. We got on really well. I think she liked the fact I didn’t know her…I had been out of the country for quite a few years, most of the 80s in fact so, never saw Gregory’s Girl…but, wanna know a secret? My son appears in the follow-up…gregory’s 2 girls…not many people know that… :-)





    Dylan could be a right bitter bugger when he felt like it. That one always surprised me,he was happily married-at the time-to Sara Lowndes and had no need for the rancour towards an unnamed ex.



    There is a possibility he was warning George Harrison about his relationship with Patti Boyd,apparently. If that is so,it would be the fourth great song written about her.



    Great track,though,great album,and a hugely different vocal style from Bob.



    Which didn’t last.

  15. Delaneys Dunky on




    Of course it is Eddi Reader. Going to Embra Castle to see her bro and his Trashcan Sinatras Ayrshire mob and my Glesca West End mob Del Amitri. A west coast Timfest in Embra.







    Dylan again,who says a song needs a chorus?

  17. Delaneys Dunky on




    I grew up in Knightswood wi Gordon Sinclair. I always thought he was a weirdo because he hated fitba. Never played wi us. He never supported any team bar Scotland at the World Cup. I thought it ironic that the only guy I knew in Knightswood that didnae like or play fitba wi us, would star in a film about fitba.

  18. So, StevieG isn’t going into work tomorrow on his 1st day.


    No press conference and holding up the big season ticket.


    All seems a bit strange but I suppose he’s definitely signed a 4 year contract.

  19. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Well! my cunning plan never worked, after telling the senior metro


    team ex pro,s etc to give the weemhan a hard time in last nights


    bounce match none of them could get near him as he left them


    floundering in his wake, scored two hit the post and laid on one in a


    4-3 victory for our young bhoys.


    Maybe i’ll just forget about his philandering with the young Aussie


    babes and moan about something else 8-))




    Glad you got my post about the Smith family from Duntocher, Brian


    is a stalwart in our Csc and PADDYMAC also knows Billy and describes


    him as a great character.


    I loved Jamie as a player, very direct, but never made the impact at


    Celtic i thought he would.


    H.H Mick

  20. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Just popped in.Been floored with virus infection since Sunday morning.Don’t get unwell on a bank holiday weekend?


    As always worse of amongst us,so,thoughts and prayers with WeetWeetWeet,Whits in the Stars and Prestonpans Bhoy.I will do the usual at St. Winin’s asap


    BTW, I went to St.Joseph’s HS when it was on the site of Mount Carmel PS…long time ago.





    Probably the best track from Dylan’s trio of Born-again albums.



    Not that many to pick from,tbh.





    Well,George Best always said it did him no harm…

  23. weebobbycollins on

    DD…at school I always thought of guys that didn’t like football as weird…how kin ye no like fitbaw?

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