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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    So so sorry to hear the news of Michelle…


    may God Bless her Soul…


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  2. ‘This is far from finished’ is the new ‘we deserve better’ it seems….

  3. Bhoyjoebelfast on

    RIP Michelle.




    On ssb a caller from sevco leanings said ” Neil Doncaster had denied wrongdoings…….wonder why he denied the charges put to him”




    My sincere condolences.



    Michelle R.I.P.




  5. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Should be a right good giggle when the league championship trophy is handed over(I’m assuming it might be the start of next season)


    Neil Doncaster will be given an ovation unknown to any other SPFL executive.



    Go for it Green Brigade-ram it right up the monkeys !

  6. RIP Michelle. Thoughts and prayers with Richie and family .



    Condolences to Chris and family on the loss of Helen . My brother and myself spent a great night in both your company at CQN10 , she was a beautiful human being . So full of fun .


    RIP Helen .

  7. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Sorry to hear the news Richie



    RIP Michelle🙏

  8. Through A Green Glass Brightly on

    Sorry to hear your sad news Richie.



    RIP Michelle and may perpetual light shine upon you.

  9. !!BADA BING!! on 12TH MAY 2020 6:21 PM


    Hope they stiff them for a European licence




    Perhaps the whole reason for this carry on is to try and ensure that the SPFL wouldn’t now dare to refuse a licence. ‘Victimisation’ /‘Revenge’ being cited as the reason for it not being granted and the SPFL Board being intimidated into agreeing the licence?

  10. I am going to be my usual flippant self,



    so they want to win a league but they cant even win a vote.



    that muppet ranting on clyde, nearly as funny as the rangers make their own league guy



    “we will boycott every away ground, we will remember this, we will boycott so we will”



    brilliant, boycott the behind closed doors games.

  11. Neustadt-Braw on

    Rest in Peace Michelle ….



    Richie ,condolences to you and yours …



    you never walk the walk alone..




  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Pog- I think that they are crying wolf here because of admin……oh you can’t dock us points….

  13. its on boss, its been declared, its a goer. you got the keys.



    aye, 5pm tomorrow.






    the redhead guy jumps in the car, arriving at the destination, 20 minutes later, the front door has been left open, there is no one else in the building. he is as proud of this as any other moment in his illustrious career.



    he opens the glass fronted cabinet, takes out the big ornament, that he has held more than any other person, its his friend, almost belongs to him. its heavy, with ribbons on. he owns it.



    he walks out, down the stairs up the tunnel, the sun is hitting the seats across the park, the green grass of home, the hooped pattern of the seats, the silence, but the pride and joy.



    he walks contendly to the centre of the park. to the spot in the middle, sacred almost.



    he leaves the chalice on the spot, and walks back to the tunnel.



    turns and waits.



    another figure appears from the north curve, wearing his full kit. ……. and sunglasses. that grin.



    he strides forwrd, gets on the grass, does that sprint, and the jump, and a shuffle, he gets to the centre in 4.6 seconds, still covers the ground.



    he approaches the silver, its bit, hello my precious he laughs.



    and up it goes , above his head, a single cheer from the redheaded man. he got it on the camera phone. it went out live to millions worldwide.



    the disco lights go on,



    “this is broonie, here for 9 in a row, 9 in a row”.






    i dreamt it, its the way to do, cmon the hoops. roon yis huns,



    a great celt , said



  14. 31% support for their resolution is a comprehensive defeat for Sevco and their mouth pieces.



    Tom English was always going to claim ‘x’ support was significant for them which is why he refused to put a number on the votes they would need to claim ‘relative’ success when asked over the weekend.



    He’ll probably claim the two abstentions (which legally is the same as voting No) together with the Brora and Kelty to massage the stats even more.



    Leaving aside the soup taking Limerick man, Sevco’s statement tonight is much more measured than I’d imagined it would be – they’re clearly retreating, defeated.



    Tom isn’t that smart though so he’ll continue to fight the lost war – like a Japanese soldier hiding in the island caves well into the 1950s, he will not be told all is lost.

  15. i'vehadtochangemynamebacktojackiemac on

    RIP Michelle, I pray for you and your family Richie

  16. Yaaaaaas no Sevco supporting shoite in paradise next season according to wee Derek from Shettleston on Radio Snyde.



    Boycot this and boycot that, bring Scottish fitbaw to its knees they cry…..



    Funny that I don’t remember that happening when Rangers got liquidated and the new entity were allowed in at the bottom tier in 2012..and we heard Armageddon was coming😂😂😂😂



    Bring it on ya Hun feckwits



    D. :)