SPFL turmoil is about power and control


Aberdeen’s chairman Dave Cormack reckons only an(other) independent inquiry will allow reconciliation in Scottish football, so will vote for one today.  If only.  I’m afraid the picture has moved on a mile or two from reconciliation.  Statements by SPFL Dunfermline chairman Ross McArthur and by Brechin City, on behalf of chairman Ken Ferguson (both men are SPFL board members), make it clear the schism within Scottish football runs far deeper than misunderstanding or naked opportunism.

Dunfermline’s McArthur wrote: “I have to provide this statement following the release of accusatory comments in a Club Statement made by the Chairman and CEO of Inverness.

“Since the SPFL director’s resolution was first issued, a number of clubs in the Championship would confirm it is the behaviour of Inverness that has continually been aggressive and confrontational. However, no one felt it necessary to win points in public, as robust conversations take place in the normal course of a competitive business like football.

“Turning to the “allegation” regarding the information that was conveyed by me to Inverness FC, on Friday 10th April 2020.

“It most certainly wasn’t a threat, simply a potential consequence of their action not to back the SPFL resolution currently put in front of them, in favour of a counter resolution which was being mooted at that time.”

The Daily Record chased down this “counter resolution” from Inverness chief exec Scot Gardiner, which was to null and void all four SPFL leagues, removing the possibility of Inverness being promoted through league reconstruction, reducing their SPFL financial pay-out, expose the league to compensation claims from sponsors, broadcasters and others who paid for a league that did not happen.

Why would Inverness embark on a course of action that is so clearly counter to their and the game’s best interests?

In their statement yesterday, Brechin City wrote: “in the recent dossier released in support of the EGM taking place at the SPFL tomorrow… there is an accusation which is pointed directly at our Chairman… this states, “It has also been alleged that Ken Ferguson called League 2 clubs and told them that Inverness had changed their vote to YES and, as a result, the Resolution was going to be approved and that there was no point in League 2 clubs voting NO.””

They go on to state in the most unambiguous terms: “This is categorically refuted.

“In addition to anecdotal evidence from all of the other League 2 clubs, we have in our possession verification from each club that no such call was made. Furthermore, each League 2 club is content to provide corroboration to this effect and has stressed that they are entirely relaxed (and in reality appreciative) of the integrity Ken displayed in his role as an SPFL Director in the lead up to the vote.”

At least one party is bringing the game into disrepute and it is not the man with written verification from every club in his division confirming he is telling the truth.  Today’s resolution will be rejected but the narrative will quickly move on.

Protagonists will make like as difficult as possible for Neil Doncaster, Rod McKenzie and Murdoch MacLellan and they will create havoc for the League if necessary to put their own men in the top jobs.  If you think this was all about stopping Celtic win 9-in-a-row you are wrong, it is about power and control of what happens next.

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  1. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Rangers’ resolution for an independent investigation to be carried out into the SPFL has been rejected.



    The member clubs voted on the proposal today.



    It required 75 per cent approval with the backing of nine Premiership clubs, eight in the Championship and 15 clubs from League One and Two combined.



    Rangers’ resolution for an independent investigation to be carried out into the SPFL has been rejected.



    The member clubs voted on the proposal today.



    It required 75 per cent approval with the backing of nine Premiership clubs, eight in the Championship and 15 clubs from League One and Two combined.




  2. I assume that Peter Lawwells statement at the EGM was AGAINST The Huns resolution and that Celtic FC Voted against the Huns and their bigot pals ?



    can someone confirm please ?



  3. I listened to David Low yesterday on the SFM podcast a and he said though he thought Sevco’s motion would be defeated he had a feeling that Sevco had put so much into this and taken it so far that Doncaster might ultimately become a casualty. I can’t understand the reasons for Aberdeen and Livingston supporting the cabal though. We’ll have to keep an eye on their utterances in the future. The guy representing Stenhousemuir is a member of the LOL. Saw correspondence on FB this morning where he was amongst the Sederunt at a meeting on Sectarianism. Also present were Rod McKenzie and Neil Doncaster. So no surprise there then.

  4. Rock Tree Bhoy on




    SPFL clubs have voted against an independent investigation into April’s vote to end the lower-league season.



    Rangers, backed by Hearts and Stranraer, called Tuesday’s EGM and the support of 32 of the 42 clubs was needed for the resolution to pass.



    Thirteen clubs, including four in the Premiership, backed an investigation, 27 were against and two abstained.



    Aberdeen, Partick Thistle and Stenhousemuir had publicly backed the resolution.



    And Falkirk and Inverness CT, who have missed out on possible promotion, had criticised the league body.



    More to follow.

  5. BIGRAILROADBLUES on 12TH MAY 2020 3:22 PM


    Nae luck huns. Time to hammer these scum into the ground.





    I agree 100% mate.



    No doubt the Huns will issue yet another statement this evening to say that they intend to “APPEAL”…its the way they do things.




  6. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Boavista2003 – a few others will have voted with them to jolt the SPFL Board.



    First play in wider manoeuvring to get their own clubs’ people into positions of power.



    Quiz question.



    Which Scottish city …..



    – had 3 football clubs 27 years ago


    – has 2 football clubs today


    – will have 1 club this time next year



    … and can you actually put a “Gardiner” on gardening leave?




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  8. Well there ye go what feels like their 54 th attempt at disrupting Scottish football fails ,one wonders how long it will be before they get number 55 underway 😜

  9. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Didn’t know that….



    Inverness chief Scot Gardiner – a firm supporter of Rangers’ ambitions – had pushed for all divisions to be declared null and void before the April 10 summit”




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    Right give us our deserved 9 Championship and get the Zombie squad done with disrepute charges and fine them if they fail to pay before we are awarded championship and start of next campaign dock them points from next year. Boooooooooooooooom





    Jelly and ice cream time



    D. :)

  11. BSR


    They never wanted democracy, it was a convenient and helpful cause for them it failed, watch now as they dont accept the democratic will of the SPFL, more to come here, why Aberdeen and Livi backed them is baffling.

  12. BadaBing at 1:37


    Jeez, you had me going then. Was about to implode. Had to rush out and hug a donkey…NO, Not Doncaster! A genuine untainted one.


    Hope the gloves come off now and they get battered.

  13. While delighted that their wrecking plan came to nothing, I am still wary that so many voted in their support. The masonic hand(shake) seems to still have a big influence in Scottish football.



    Not too surprised at SKY’s reaction. Commons and Nicholas are their lackeys. They, like the SMSM, are in hock to the blue pound.

  14. What will the huns get up to next?



    Fire engines outside Brechin’s ground yet?

  15. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    They’re not taking it lying down :-)




    “Now is the time for the guy at ICT to dump all his evidence relating to the bullying with Tom English and let him print it.



    Always was going to be the case, Rangers will have the next stage already in play and a statement ready to be published.



    The SPFL needs cleansed the corruption is out of hand and it’s time we got a grip of the game again.



    Take them all the way and take the filths grip from our game and get them dealt with in court if needs be.



    Rangers have said our legal advice is that we have a good chance of Doncaster and others being removed through the courts, due to breaches in corporate governance laws



    Today was just following procedure, Court was always the only outcome”






    Trying to puzzle out what these guys really want – I’m guessing – get rid of present SPFL incumbents and replace with real rangers men :-) They’ve sussed this is the only way they will ever win anything :-)

  16. LEFTCLICKTIC on 12TH MAY 2020 3:40 PM


    Hun statement and phone call to souptaker. Tom English in the post.




    He’s no soup taker. He’s a dyed in the wool Hun. Don’t be fooled by his accent. He moved to Limerick from the north as a child because of his father’s work.

  17. The Huns are now currently working on another ” NOT so cunning plan”…with Tom English, Alex Rae, Charlie Nic, Kris Commons leading the way as the “Brains” of the outfit.





    The SPFL and SFA should fine ALL Clubs that voted with the Huns, and the amount is easy to work out…however much they all got with their finishing places in the League from the SPFL.




  18. I’m confused. SPFL say 9 of 10 championship clubs voted against. Partick on record as saying they will vote for. Therefore this means Inverness voted against.



    ‘’In the Ladbrokes Championship, where eight clubs would have been required to vote in favour, a total of one club (10%) supported the resolution, with nine clubs (90%) opposing it.’’

  19. weebobbycollins on

    Huns lose again…can they not win anything other than close season titles?

  20. ROCK TREE BHOY on 12TH MAY 2020 2:58 PM



    Neil Doncaster has already said in so may words if sevco pay for the inquiry it certainly would not be deemed to be ‘independent’, therefore it would be null and void.






    I would agree with Doncaster.



    But, Livingston & Aberdeen might not see it that way. They may see an independent investigation as a chance to get past all of this.