Eye’s oversight


You could be forgiven for losing track of Scottish football issues of governance, accountability and oversight, there are so many fronts to engage on. On the heels of CQN approaching Private Eye on the subject of Resolution 12 (granting of licences to participate in Uefa competitions), the newspaper today wrote about the recent Offshore Game Report on the SFA’s dealings with oldco Rangers’ tax affairs, the SPL Commission into Rangers, as well as the awarding of Uefa licences in 2011.

This is what functioning oversight looks like. Organisations with a platform to analyse those in power do so. In the Scottish goldfish bowl, we import oversight from London, which makes accountability difficult and, ultimately, makes governance ineffective.

No review of the Nimmo Smith Commission will take place until the Supreme Court has had their say, but any hopes of accountability you have at that point will rest in interest in the matter from London. We simply don’t have the structures in place here.

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  1. You could be forgiven for losing track of Scottish football issues



    its even worse when you are over in Dublin.




  2. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    did Private eye ever publish anything on Murray Group ?



    $1bn debts, crashed business, buys up the last of the prime property and land assets.

  3. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Giggsy -terrible news about someone so young,and with a young family. Condolences to all friends and family HH

  4. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Condolences with the loved ones of Wullie Currie, don’t know the man but I do know it his passing will leave a big hole in the lives of his young family. Truly sad the hurt must be near unbearable.

  5. saltires en sevilla on




    Terrible news



    My condolences and prayers to his loved ones

  6. fieldofdrams on

    Well done Res 12 guys and CQN, I posted a couple of weeks back that I thought this would be a good way to go, hopefully it will now get some real traction.

  7. saint stivs



    Whereas Private Eye has on occasion covered the downfall of Rangers FC as was, usually under header ‘Planet Football’ I do not believe they have addressed the fiduciary issues raised by Lloyds Bank’s oversight after the collapse of MIH. I cannot be the only one on here who believes that Lloyds Bank should be the subject of an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), successor to the FSA. The problem here is that George Osborne is in the process of selling more of the bank back to his friends in the City of London and would not welcome exposure to the fact that Lloyds Bank has cost the taxpayer (remember him) hundreds of millions in its’ rush to wrap up the MIH companies including assets sold at knock down prices following ‘unsolicited requests’ from members of the Murray family. In the light of the focus on BHS it might be timely for Private Eye to lift the lid on the other scandal that is Murray International Holdings.

  8. Reading vanguard bears piece there . Someone has it wrong and they are convinced its not them . Am i missing something here .the res12 bhoys and the stinkies cant both be right .

  9. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Saw this in the comments section on an article about renaming Minty Park in the hootsmon



    “Rename it with a big sign saying Barratt Homes coming here soon”



    :))) lol.

  10. prestonpans bhoys on

    The Private Eye bit is conveniently beside the crossword which would catch your eye, no pun intended…..


    So, while normal people wake up this morning, and attend to their family, or go to work, others will be plotting their next move to try and bring about the downfall of a football club they hate.



    from vanguard bears…………. how the fsck do they know what normal people do.??????????????????

  12. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    I totally agree with you re Charlie Mulgrew.


    I think a club is obliged to offer a soon to be out of contract player a new one.



    It would appear that we have offered him one that he had to refuse.



    You and I have been watching football for a long time and I never recall any player injured or not, just walk, unbidden, off the park. In fact, I believe it is a Yellow Card offence.



    His lame excuse recently, including the farcical bit about him telling the manager that he was good for twenty minutes, but Deila put him on for twenty five,merely added insult to injury.


    I don’t expect to see much of Commons either and James Forrest may be another.



    On another point.



    I suspect that the London dinner between the manager and Scott Brown would have been an occasion for serious talk.



    All of last years player misdemeanours, including Brown’ s Kebabgate, were during his captaincy.



    His responsibilities lie beyond the toss of the coin and conducting the Huddle.



    He is the manager’s liaison with the team and has the responsibility of setting example and implementing the manager’s ethos throughout the whole playing staff.



    I’m guessing that Brendan asked for a commitment that Scott be either in or out and hopefully, he said ” in”.

  13. Condolences to the family and friends of Willie Currie.


    And to his fellow supporters at TGCSC.



    RIP Willie Currie

  14. True, there’s no oversight in Scottish football. But London is no transparency paradise either, when you consider the inquiries into Bloody Sunday, Hillsborough, Orgreave, the Birmingham Six etc. If “justice” is ever done in these cases it happens decades after the fact, if at all. And usually when the main protagonists are dead.

  15. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Chavez-good point, as in our own case McBeth and Ogilvie are no longer there…..

  16. An Teach Solais on

    RIP Willie Currie and condolences to family and friends.



    Happy Birthday to Auldheid. Feliz Cumpleanos.



    Hopefully, they can’t all ignore the Private Eye story and the gap in the dyke allows the beam of light, truth and justice to expose the sordid deeds



  17. RIP WULLIE CURRY – very sad story.



    Can a squad of ‘Bosman’s mount a serious SPFL challenge? – an intriguing situation?

  18. CHAVEZ @ 2:44 PM,



    Your point is well made as you widen the point from Planet Football; yet if we remain focused on Football I believe that the English Authorities have been meticulous in their oversight of the game and that the English Press would have been over the case like a dose of salts had it been other wise.



    Hail Hail

  19. Doh!



    Just realised that I’ve just bought the wrong edition of Private Eye in mid-Supermarket dash-round!



    Just grabbed a copy without checking the date, assuming it was the latest edition!



    Cover has the England team on the cover anaw!



    Ah, well, they deserve the business, I suppose, so back up tomorrow to get the right edition.



    Buy, buy, when they expose The Lie.

  20. Let’s hope that there is no unrest setting in amongst our support at a perceived lack of activity in the transfer-market.



    The window does not open until 1 July.

  21. Neustadt-Braw on

    Afternoon champions…..a warm but cloudy North Hessen.



    RIP .Willie Currie





    Alles gute zum Geburtstag Auldheid.



    Today’s Private Eye will be straight into lots of braw scrapbooks…..hail hail to all the keepers of scrapbooks!!!




  22. CM best days are well behind him, time for him to move on, the same applies to ML& KC.

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