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Longmuir and the Newco job

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Scottish Football League chief executive, David Longmuir, emerged from the shambles that the game’s administrators got themselves into last year with a remarkably solid relationship with the SFL’s member clubs, indeed, he has been singled out for high praise from the Newco-club.

The flow of sentiment reversed after he wrote to member clubs suggesting Celtic and Newco-Rangers enter ‘colt’ clubs in the Third Division.  This bizarre suggestion was justified on the basis that if Celtic and Rangers join another league, while leaving the rest of the leading clubs behind, their colt teams would continue to bring interest and revenue to the game.

Mr Longmuir seems to have missed the fact that in the event any of the above comes to pass, the departure of Celtic and Newco-Rangers would then create an opportunity for colt clubs to be considered.  Their inclusion now is unnecessary, especially when Newco could potentially enter administration next season, lose players, suffer the mandatory 25 point penalty and be relegated into the bottom division with their colt players, who presumably would also suffer administration-related penalties.

Speculation that Mr Longmuir is taking care of current business until he is ready to move to Newco is becoming hard to ignore.  Newco need to get themselves out of the bottom league first, though.  The colts team idea is certain to be rejected, the question will not even reach the SPL or Celtic.  The 12-12-10-10 idea favoured by Newco is looking an increasingly hard sell, with 12-12-18 more likely.  Mr Longmuir better look after the interests of all his member clubs if he wants to hang on long enough to move straight to Newco. If he loses his ability to be a dealmaker I’m not sure what he can offer an aspiring £100m company.

Football is seldom played on a higher plane than we witnessed from the Camp Nou last night.  Barcelona, until recently undisputedly regarded as the best team in the world, were up against it.  With a league win assured their form stuttered and they had to become the first team in Champions League history to overcome a 2-0 first leg defeat.

They delivered, as did their most precocious talent, but there was a hugely important lesson to be learned from the game.

Milan are out of Europe because they made preventable mistakes which Celtic didn’t make, home or away, against Barcelona.  Even at this level, the team which makes fewest preventable mistakes progresses.

Milan and, after Juventus, Celtic, can spend the remainder of the season pondering the value of putting laces through the ball.  Barcelona, of course, are fabulous, but the question remains, can they do it at home against Annan Athletic?  I’m not so sure.
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    Chickens root about in the dirt for anything worth having.

     

     

    Kinda apt,really…..

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    11:49 on

     

    14 March, 2013

     

    LEFTCLICKTIC

     

     

    Aye-and the rest….

     

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    You’r right ,that was only up TILL JAN 2003

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  4. Despite their performance against the now dead entity on the last day of the season I could have sympathy for Dunfermline, I’ve always found their fans decent types, often going into the London Road club for a blether and pre/post match gargle.

     

     

    Jim Leishman is also not only one of football’s good guys but one of life’s goodguys. Big Jock would be gutted at where the club is at the moment too.

     

     

    I really don’t have to struggle too much to wish ill on the house of Gavin Masterton who, in the fullness of time, will be shown to have put the Scottish game in the mire it is currently in. He did this through aiding and abetting David Murray access to unlimitted (other peoples) cash.

     

    I think I am correct in that he lent the banks money to ALL the SPL clubs until Fergus came on the scene. John Yorkston is another I have particular disgust for.

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    Looks like the LNS decision is going unchallenged by anyone of influence…..why???

  6. Hearing that a good number of zombies heading to Newcastle today for a SportsDirect love-in.

     

     

    Bless, they will do anything to watch a team play in Europe…

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    Are they taking the same songbook as they did the last time they went to England?

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