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Fran and Anna fail at arbitration. Griffiths irrepressible talent

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On hearing the an arbitration panel decided in their favour and against Hearts and Partick Thistle, SPFL chairman, Murdoch McLennan said “I would fully expect all those involved to agree that no stone was left unturned, no allegation left unanswered.”  Chief executive, Neil Doncaster, said it was a “clear, comprehensive and unanimous decision”.

Instead of reflecting on a series of calamitous errors that saw Hearts and Partick bottom of their respective leagues, despite each club having vastly more resources than some who finished clear above them, or on the folly of having their case thrown out of the Court of Session to an arbitration panel, which exposes both clubs to punitive action, Scottish football’s Fran and Anna doubled down on self-righteousness.

Stoking anger is the leadership currency of our era and Thistle’s Jacqui Low got straight to it, “We have every right to be angry.  So let’s use that anger as fuel”.  Without any sense of self-awareness, she added, “Our fate and our success once again lies in our own hands and our hands only”, ignoring that Partick’s fate has floundered in her hands.

Hearts’ Budge said she was not surprised at the outcome, not least of all because her case had no merit whatsoever, but I get the sense that Hell will freeze over before she considers that were it not for her managerial appointments, and choice of belligerence, when Hearts needed to win support for league reconstruction, her club would still be in the Premiership.

The shambolic attack on the SPFL from a small number of clubs this spring was beyond belligerence.  Hearts needed to win support for change.  They behaved as though change was their right and support was unimportant.  They then acted as though the lack of support they received was illegal.

Support was important, they should have actively sought it.  It was not illegal for clubs to vote to end the season and to reject reconstruction in the manner they did.  Hearts and Partick’s actions cost them and others unnecessary legal fees, jeopardised the new season and the bizarre jaunt to the Court of Session leaves them open to disciplinary action.  With leadership like this, no wonder they finished adrift of Hamilton Accies and Arbroath respectively.

Two weeks after Leigh Griffiths was written off (by some) we all marvelled at his cameo against Hibs yesterday; that shuffle!  He is an irrepressible talent and a prodigious goal scorer, with his recent record of absence, he will not attract an offer commensurate with what he provides.  My money is on him scoring the goal that seals the 10.

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  1. The Battered Bunnet on

    “Hearts’ Budge said she was not surprised at the outcome, not least of all because her case had no merit whatsoever”

     

     

    Cruel, Paul. Terribly cruel. Truth hurts, eh.

  2. Best performance of the season so far by the Reserves. Second half was exceptional given that they have not played as a unit. Dembele has vision and skill Ntcham played a captains role. Connell looked good. The 2 strikers performed better than Edouard in the earlier games. At the very least we have strength in depth

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    HWGTIAR

  4. !!Bada Bing!! on

    IMO,for any team to get relegated, due to the present circumstances is ridiculous, increase the league by 2 teams was an easy fix.

  5. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Haven’t read anywhere yet about the five substitute concession being given the go-ahead for the new league season. Nine of the twelve Premiership teams are required to say yes to the idea and I’ve concerns about a number of clubs’ motivation.

     

     

    Confident we’ll be a yes.

     

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    Saw clips of the goals yesterday. Griff’s looking good.

     

     

    Best wishes to our young pros who don’t look to be involved yet. Mullen, Deas, Church, O’Connor, Coffey, Okoflex, Afolabi, Harper, Aitchison. Hope they are able to train together at the least.

  6. Bournemouth’s board will meet later this week to discuss the possibility of pursuing a compensation claim against Hawk-Eye, whose mistake may have contributed to their relegation from the Premier League.

  7. Through the rain on

    I’m a fan of 14 team Premiership irrespective of Covid-19.

     

     

    I agree it would have been the easiest fix. Should have been promoted by the SPFL executive and board at the outset. An exceptional crisis requiring an exceptional solution. Despite Arbitration Counsel proving no corruption, lies or ‘bullying’ (copyright sevco) there is not doubt a serious lack of foresight and imagination contributed to the mayhem.

     

     

    Of course the clubs may still have voted it down but the rancour would have been avoided…… probably!

     

     

    HH

  8. Hopefully a strong defence building., Would love to see a bid for Matias Ginter if we decide to cash in on Ajer.

     

     

    FREE THE GINTER 1 !!

     

     

    Failing that a big Bobo Balde , Johann Mjallby type .

  9. Bada Bing – I agree with your sentiment and feel sorry for Thistle. Hearts, on the other hand, were due a bit of karma and therefore I just can’t feel sorry for them or their support.

  10. THE BATTERED BUNNET on 28TH JULY 2020 9:13 AM

     

    Anto Stokes to EKFC? WTAF!

     

     

     

    WTAF ?

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    TTR- Agree re 14 team league, I think Hearts getting punted,was mainly down to Budges attitude to other clubs

  12. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    !!BADA BING!! on 28TH JULY 2020 12:20 PM

     

     

    IMO,for any team to get relegated, due to the present circumstances is ridiculous, increase the league by 2 teams was an easy fix.

     

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    yeah agree with this -very harsh – particularly re Partick Thistle – sincerely hope they bounce straight back up.

  13. I read that as “irresponsible talent ”

     

     

    Either works, really

     

     

    Great player. Hoping he has a season to remember

  14. Fred

     

    Thanks for that.

     

    No wonder I didn`t get it…..I have always credited TBB with having a fine command of the language :-))

  15. !!BADA BING!! on 28TH JULY 2020 12:20 PM

     

    IMO,for any team to get relegated, due to the present circumstances is ridiculous, increase the league by 2 teams was an easy fix.

     

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    Could not agree more. Another own goal by Scottish Football.

     

     

    HH.

  16. very harsh on Jacqui Low. Here’s what is says about her on her company website

     

     

    ‘As an experienced NED and Trustee, ‘ 😉

  17. Instead of reflecting on a series of calamitous errors that saw Hearts and Partick bottom of their respective leagues, despite each club having vastly more resources than some who finished clear above them

     

     

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    It’s a fair comment regarding Hearts.

     

     

    Their points per game total were 0.77 compared to Hamilton Accies 0.9. Over a 38 game season that would be a clear 5 point gap.

     

     

    Partick Thistle’s PPG was 0.96 to Queen of the South’s 1.00

     

     

    0.04 PPG was the difference.

  18. GREENPINATA on 28TH JULY 2020 1:20 PM

     

    !!BADA BING!! on 28TH JULY 2020 12:20 PM

     

     

    Totally agree about moving to a 14 club league but permanently not just to address Covid 19 issues.

     

    Happens in Europe where there is a split after 26 games (13 H & A) and the top 6 play of for title and Europe (another 5 H & A) and the bottom 8 play off for relegation.

     

    36 games and no guessing who the top 6 will be and the “playing teams 3 times away from home” nonsense.

     

    Unfortunately teams don’t want to give up on guarantee of at least 3 games against the Glasgow clubs

  19. Hrvatski Jim on

    From Hearts website statement by Ann Budge:

     

     

    “I want to take this opportunity to thank our legal team, who despite the result, were quite simply first-class. They acknowledged from the outset that this would be an uphill battle”

     

     

    An uphill battle – i.e. we were told that we had no chance.

     

     

    Good money after bad springs to mind.

  20. Phil predicting that the MSSM will make out that Brandon Barker (?) will be the next big thing at Ibrox.

  21. ” My money is on him scoring the goal that seals the 10..pre XMAS”

     

     

    Paul, fixed that for you

  22. EMBRAMIKE on 28TH JULY 2020 1:50 PM

     

     

    Unfortunately teams don’t want to give up on guarantee of at least 3 games against the Glasgow clubs

     

     

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    That is part of it. It’s also the case that clubs don’t want to share anything. TV deals, league sponsorship etc.

     

     

    They want a 12th of the pie. Not a 14th.

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