Premiership-Championship, financial fundamentals


We’re in the last week of November and one point separates Celtic, Inverness and Dundee United at the top of the table, with Hamilton a point behind.  Dundee, who put on a credible performance yesterday, sit alongside seventh placed Kilmarnock, nine points of the pace.  That’s more than half the league within nine points of the top.

Remember the day Accies relegated Hibs, and we were told how the Championship would be vastly more competitive than the Premiership this season?  There’s a nine point gap at the top of the Championship, which is the least competitive senior league in Britain.

If you were an investor in a Championship team located anywhere outside Gorgie, you might be running the numbers this morning on what another season of lower league football is going to cost to fund.  With ever-diminishing income I know one club who could need £30m investment to get them through another 18 months of Championship football.

The chances of than kind of money materialising are zero, no matter if they flog their properties.  There will also be a structural deficit, even with Premiership football, of having a massive infrastructure to support, without European revenue, of around £10m per season.

If you are a football club in Scotland with a large infrastructure to operate, maintain, police and insure, you need significant and regular European income.  The cost of funding the job to overcome domestic and European competition (all of the latter would be seeded), runs into many tens of millions.

No one has even pretended they have a viable plan to overcome such obstacles.  Hope you can find the fun in financial fundamentals.

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  1. I can’t understand all the criticism on here of Rangers’ style of play on Saturday.



    Clearly, they wanted to rough up Hearts to make it easier for us in the cup on Sunday but what thanks do they get here?





    I don’t fancy their chances of getting to that stage.



    Hibs,and maybe even QOS would fancy their chances.



    And Raith would bust a gut for their chairman if they were in the mix.





    I hope yer Dad’s off-line,cos otherwise he now knows what he’s getting for Christmas!

  4. There was an old man called Klopp


    Who was linked with a job on The Kop


    Ryecatcher was sad


    Cos his team were so bad


    So they got rid of wee Rodgers the flop




  5. lawwellsacountant on

    The only reason the league is tight,is that we employed a feckin crap manager,who struggles


    to beat absolute shit like dundee and hamilton


    anyone expecting a good performance against Salzsburg must have been in a coma for the last 5 months

  6. G,day Bhoys and Ghirls



    My old body has stopped shaking enough to try a post, i’m


    using two fingers but both on the one key.


    Our big Celtic golf day was yesterday 40 of us half Scots


    half Irish and all mental with the drink, beautiful 27 degs. great


    course and hoopies everywhere, if only i could hit a golf ball


    absolute gash and the more refreshment i took the worse i got


    But went back to our club and i got a prize for best supplier of beer


    a set of golf balls which i threw in the sea as thats where all the


    rest of my attempts went, the rest of the day and night the reb


    songs got hammered and so did everyone else.


    Never again,


    Wish i had a beer every time i said that.


    H.H Mick

  7. When they started to call Rodgers a tool


    You knew he was leaving the ‘Pool


    Fat Sally he bet


    That job he would get


    But he’s just a sad Sevco fool

  8. BMCUW



    In fairness Swally should win the Petrofac Training Cup. They only really have Livi to beat and they are average at best and that is at a lower league level.


    That’s a good season for Swally.







  9. Livibhoy



    I agree re. Brendan Rogers, I like him too, but since the departure of Suarez, and the glaringly obvious slowing down of Stevie G, Liverpool are going nowhere this season. If they’re lucky, mid-table mediocrity awaits. Klopp has been saying for some time now, that he wants to manage in the EPL. I think his bluff may get called here.








    That’s terrible,mate.



    Everyone on here is wallowing in your misery and feeling your pain,empathising with every word.



    Ya spawny git!




  11. Killie are great price against the huns



    Celtic 1/2 away to hearts



    Killie celtic double could be on the cards

  12. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    Recently I bought a new car but I had to return it to the dealer the next day because I couldn’t get the radio to work.


    The car salesman explained that the radio was voice activated and demonstrated this brilliant feature.



    “Nelson,” the salesman called to the radio.


    The radio then responded “Ricky or Willie?”


    “Willie!” he called back and immediately the radio burst into song


    “On the Road Again”.



    Then the salesman calls “Ray Charles,” and in an instant ” Georgia on My Mind” immediately replaces the Willie Nelson song.



    I drove away very happy, and for the next few days, every time I’d say, “Beethoven,” I’d receive beautiful classical music20for the afternoon.



    Then I would say “Beatles,” and I would hear a mu ltitude of those great awesome songs from the 60-80’s.



    It was fun and even my missus got into it too.



    “Billy Joel” and up came “The Piano Man”


    “Rolling Stones” and up came “Jumping Jack Flash” plus many other great Stone’s hits.



    But yesterday, I had the best experience of all…



    A couple tried to run a red light and I nearly creamed my new car, but, luckily I managed to swerve in time to avoid hitting them.



    I immediately yelled in anger, “F#cken Arse Holes!”



    And Guess what!!



    Immediately up came the song “Hello, Hello, we are the Billy boys.”









    If he’s online its back to the drawing board and going in my book case, win win for me!

  14. Rodgers has had the complete makeover – during last season he had the teeth implanted for the Hollywood smile – lost over two stone in weight – left his long time wife for a younger babe and threw away the title from a winning position – I say he took his eye off the ball and started living the superstar lifestyle.



    HE wanted to be one of the boys, pandered to the players, bought badly and…..got himself a WAG

  15. Seems there is talk of yet another hun protest on the cards.


    A dignified 9min protest in their next match to urge Ally to do the right thing and go.



    If true, this is serious: there must be a simultaneous counter-protest at the rest of of the matches in Scotland “Ally must stay!!!”




  16. livibhoy



    13:06 on 24 November, 2014





    Havent saw the huns or diet huns play this season at all.



    Hopefully the huns are as bad as people are making out .



    Could be a nice earner from that double

  17. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    I see one of TnTs former tips is running at kemp ton 2-45



    Benefit cuts 4/1



    Might just have a wee go at that




  18. proudbhoy



    Diets are pretty solid but we should wipe the floor with their youngsters. They finished the game on Saturday with 9 players under 23 I believe. Sevco finished with 9 over 29 so I am told and were down to 10 men. Whether that is right or not I am not sure.


    I keep thinking Sevco will skelp someone as they have decent experience there but I think the off field issues are getting to them.


    Hopefully more bad results to come.




  19. livibhoy



    13:15 on 24 November, 2014





    Cheers.. Be great to see killie stuff them. 2 defeats in a week will hurt.

  20. BMCW



    Thank you for the empathy lol


    Could you tell me how you got your blog name?


    H.H Mick

  21. The huns are great at organising ‘protests.’






    Then nobody turns up!




  22. Honest mistakes dried up? Are you seious? they should have had 4 others sent off! They can fouls at least 10 times before getting a yellow card.. the refs as as biased as ever. i would bet them getting up from play-offs against ANYONE. the cheating will be beyond anything seen before

  23. “Havent saw the huns or diet huns play this season at all.”







    You are in danger of being the pariah of cqn for comments like that!:)

  24. The Honest Cover-up on

    We now have the ridiculous situation where after being told by the authorities that “Rangers” MUST “return” to the top league within the 3 year journey, it looks almost certain they will miss out on the automatic promotion spot.


    The honesty of the mistakes from referees will have to be unlike anything we have seen to give them a chance of coming up via the play-offs. Even at that, with the Question of Sport captain managing the team you’d still have doubts about them making it. That’s before we even consider the seemingly inevitable administration.


    What now from Regan and Doncaster? Should “Rangers” be given a 30 point Christmas gift to help them on their way? Should they be given a 3-0 head start in every remaining league game?


    Afterall, we have been told by these two that we NEED to get them into the top league. So what will be done about it?

  25. I know the media are desperate to talk them up whenever possible but STV plumb the depths with this one on McLeodinho when looking ahead to last Saturday’s game….


    ” The youngster, recently elevated to train with the Scottish national team, runs at defences on the break but also moves the ball across the park to fellow attackers much faster than his teammates.”



    So “elevated to training” or carrying the hampers in now the mark of progress.


    Just when you thought they could not give you any more amusement !

  26. The fun in financial fundamentals.


    You are back to the blog’s beginnings Paul.


    The mess downstream is a large and easy target.


    Howevvva, as Kojo has been known to write…….


    We should be doing more to expose the chicaneries in the clumpany and hasten their final demise.


    Kick them when they are down in case they get off the floor.


    An old Palais precept to live by.

  27. BMCW



    Great stuff thanks for that, you know that bhoy


    was so good he could have played with them


    on and still be the best player on the park.


    H.H Mick





    I think they are wasting their time protesting against McCoist and appealing to his better nature.



    30,000 of them at the next home game,£30 a pop,pay him to eff off.



    Ally,because yer worth it.



    Above idea available for free to all lurking huns. I know you won’t use it cos you always expect some other eejit to cough.





    You know,yer right!



    He was past his best due to wear and tear when he left us to join Middlesborough. A club with a great-if old-pedigree.



    Yet he is regarded as a legend at that club too.



    Speaks volumes.



    The rest of that book is well worth the read. Hit the bottom of the page and start from Page 1.

  30. the honest cover-up-i have posted here a few times ,there will be League Re-construction next season if the huns flunk the play offs,play offs that were introduced to give them a dog’s chance IMO HH.

  31. When you think about it, it is painfull, I mean Scott Brown gets sent off two weeks ago for having a tickle at Nial McGinn, free kick outside the box, second yellow, offski.


    The painter and decorator AKA as the Gambler, bundles a diet HUN in the box, penalty kick, he’s already on a yellow from earlier, ref. Cheats and walks away from him gives nothing.


    It’s just plain cheating, if it isn’t, then someone please explain it to me, and don’t give me the penalty was punishment enough line,

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