Spartak sack manager Emeri after derby defeat


Spartak Moscow today sacked manager Unai Emeri after a 1-5 home league defeat against eight placed Dinamo Moscow.  Spartak are confirmed as bottom of Celtic’s Champions League group before they head to Celtic Park for the final game on 5 December.

Emeri has been increasingly unpopular since taking over earlier this year when his spell at Valencia ended, while rumours of dissent in the dressing room were never far away.  I had hoped he would remain in place for the visit to Glasgow but there will be a new man in charge by then.

A group of around 200 supporters demonstrated after the game, many chanting for the foreign players to ‘Go home’.

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  1. Did not see yesterday’s match but another bad performance following the one in Lisbon. regarding the SPL, as I suspected the team seems content to just do enough to win this league – still at the top with a game in hand and have already beaten Aberdeen. We need a big performance against Hearts in midweek. I always knew the league would be competitive which I’m sure will please the Sky and ESPN people.



    I think Georgios needs a rest, with no break from football since the Euros in the summer. Young Forrest is a huge loss, no fast moving winger to deliver a cross into the box and any sign of Anthony Stokes return? a clever player who scores and makes goals. Lenny has to play Miku and rest Georgios. Just as well the winter break is nigh.

  2. The latest Paul McConville blog






    has attracted interest from the same usual suspects who argued all sorts of deflectinionary literal regulation points previously argued on the RTC blog. Its a huntactic.



    P McC sets out the case for continuing with the Nimmo enquiry but I feel a key issue is being missed in the subsequent exchanges.



    What is the purpose of the SFA/SPL regulations? Why do all payments have to be declared? Is it for accounting/tax or sporting purposes?.



    Given there are bodies responsible or the first, it has to be assumed it is a sporting matter. So what was football trying to do with those registration regulations?



    Going back to the days of cash it must have been pretty obvious that players were being attracted to play for one club as opposed to another by the amount of cash on offer. By offering more to a good player the offering club could get an advantage. That was accepted as a market force, but the authorities at least wanted to know what was being offered and that what was being offered was subject to the same restrictions across the board.



    Those restrictions were Tax and NI ones and by paying under the counter a club doing so gained the sporting advantage at a much lesser cost than their opponent who had to meet the tax/NI overhead the opposition were avoiding.



    In effect the competing club were forced to pay more to attract the services of a player than the club paying under the counter. This was clearly unfair.



    Under the counter payments became known as “bungs” , off the record payments offered as inducements to secure services that otherwise would not have been secured and that I submit is why the SFA registration rules exist in their current form.



    In days of yore such bungs were delivered in brown envelopes. In 2001 Rangers used ebts as brown envelopes in which to deliver a bung.



    Dress it up as legal under tax law all you like, a bung is a bung is a bung. The delivery mechanism is not what matters, players did not covet the envelope, they wanted the contents.



    Rangers knew that if they sought approval from the SFA to use ebts back then, they would fall foul of the same rules as they should now, so they did not ask. In doing so they usurped SFA authority, not in error but to avoid the consequences of asking the question they should have – no players would sign without a side letter.



    All of this of course comes with the caveat “dark forces notwithsatnding” but if they are excused of illegal football behaviour on the same basis as the FTT, that a loan is not a payment and so cannot be a bung, there can be do no doubt due process and principles are being being turned on their heads by semantics.



    It should all be cut and dried, a slam dunk, a shooty in, but in a world where nothing is at it appears, when a loan has no repayment conditions but can still be a loan, who can possibly say what the outcome will be?

  3. AWE NAW @



    I’d choose Kenneth or Scott ——- asses tethered by a law that is often an ass .

  4. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    If HMRC do appeal and they have 5 weeks to make up their minds. What effect will it have on the SPL inquiry due to start end of January ?




  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    I’m watching the Swansea v Liverpool game and the urgency displayed is missing from the Scottish game….

  6. Too many firefighters on here……………….well one too many ,Bada Bing.


    KK great post earlier.

  7. !!Bada Bing!!



    Yes, they can. On the other hand they might be out of Europe as well.


    Russian football is really crazy.


    160 supporters arrested after today derby. 150 arrested after last Spartak game. That happens very often. All Russian clubs pay penalties for their fans offenses. On the other hand never ever Russian fan was banned from the stadium. Zenit paid 100 million euros for two players but the team still shows poor game. Many more to tell.

  8. 67Heaven one thing about the English game is it’s a long slide to the bottom, which once started can be like stopping a boulder that’s rolling down a hill.



    There are plenty of players snapping for places.

  9. Having read the Sunday Times article re.BTC it looks like it could be an appealing outcome.



    HMRC cannot comment with the same gusto as MIHMSM (glad Mr English confirmed their existence today) they must be smitten by the victory celebrations.



    The Sir David Murray quotes are as always interesting apparently they are not “Tax Evaders”



    Wasn’t it Tax Avoidance they were accused off?

  10. Much as I am enjoying the Swansea Liverpool game I have the distinct feeling that Jobo’s Sunday Goals Galore coupon (all 4 EPL games plus Milan/Juventus) is about to fall at the first hurdle.

  11. Bada ,did you buy the CQN annual ? You get a name check ,as did I.


    Passing it oan to grandweans ,if I get any:O)

  12. bada,retired A2.no the circle mate,thistle or rhinsdale,back in the day the auld hoose






  13. Gene's a Bhoys name on

    What a contrast this season – probably our worst SPL start for a few years and (given the opposition) our best CL campaign.


    Who’d be a manager?

  14. !!Bada Bing!!


    14:53 on


    25 November, 2012


    VP-Was hoping you would get me it for Christmas :{




    You’ve spoiled the surprise noo.

  15. Welcome, Weet.



    Where has another Baillieston exile , Paddy Gallagher, disappeared to ?



    Anybody know ?

  16. sixtaeseven: CQN, antidote to deceptive, selective journalism on

    Awe naw



    Heidi, cos she’s got the biggest, erm, testimonials



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