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. There’s an SPFL AGM in July. I suspect Mr Robertson will not be voted back onto the board.

  2. glendalystonsils on

    And the Nobel prize for breathtaking hypocrisy goes to …………………..

  3. i'vehadtochangemynamebacktojackiemac on

    Fabulous post paul67.



    I’ve learned a lot about football on cqn but mostly I’ve learned a lot about relationships and power.



    In the cataclysmic season of budgie’s borrocks up and the stevieg shattering after christmas, the pandemic is a Godsend to these godless amateurs.

  4. next scottish referendum to apply “the stupid hun democracy method” get 30% of the vote and you can demand independance.

  5. Larkhall names on Clyde…Walter, Billy, Tiny, Alistair, Dougall, Craig, Dougie, Torquill, Dougie, Crawford,Iain, Andrew, Euan, Calum….without thinkin….

  6. Monaghan1900 on

    It was an FFin’ victory:



    “A total of 13 clubs did vote in favour with the likes of Hearts, Aberdeen, Partick Thistle and Stranraer all previously confirming they would back the call for an independent investigation.


    so was it 17?”




    “Lets turn this on its head and use the abstentions to our advantage and say only 64% voted against the people running the league being investigated for the manor in which they are doing so.”




    “13 voted ‘yes’. 27 is the number who voted ‘no’… 13 of 27 is a lot more than a third”




    “Surely clubs who are benefitting from status quo should be declaring an interest and not being able to vote?”




    “This is the end for Doncaster, the SPFL and Liewell. ”




    “Incarcerate John Nelms, Corrupt Pete & Neil Doncaster.”




    “I’d see it as a very successful failure.” [Like the first Frazier v Foreman fight.]




    “Next [Sevco] Statement should be along the lines of …..



    ‘Right Lads/Lassies, don’t get too comfortable. We gave you the opportunity to take advantage of our good nature by funding an Inquiry, however it looks like you want to do this the hard way.”




    “So proud of the dignified fight we have put up thus far.


    Quintessential British sensibility is what’s needed in these worrying times- as our PM told us, and British sensibility is what we have shown.






    “If we ever find out the no voters we should forever refuse tickets for their grounds. Either that or burn them to the ground”




    “Also there’s no way UEFA are awarding European places for Scottish clubs whilst this is all ongoing.


    So we sue SPFL for £15 million”




    “So just conincidence that Liewell stands up, makes a ‘rousing’ speech, underhandedly puts the fear of God into the one’s that were sitting on the fence… and as a result the SPFL do a victory lap dance when the voting is declared?” [A victory whit?]




    “We should take liewell and the rest to court and sue them into oblivion. Sporting integrity in the Scottish game is gone until Doncaster and Liewell resign and null and void is called.”

  7. Are you tired of losing Huns?


    Suck it up there’s more in store.


    So good I said it twice….. apparently

  8. 13 voted ‘yes’. 27 is the number who voted ‘no’… 13 of 27 is a lot more than a third”


    For God’s sake man. Just lost my late lunch fish. 😂😂

  9. BHOYJOEBELFAST on 12TH MAY 2020 7:34 PM


    A penny ( cent) Tom for you thoughts!!!




    He’s waiting on talking points from the (very) Blue Room

  10. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    “British sensibility is what we have shown…………………… followed by “burn them (no voters grounds) to the ground”



    How very British.




  11. More than £1000 per hour (EVERY HOUR) this Sevco mob have lost in the last 8 years., and they’re pontificating abour business governance.


    Hahaha… Not off you, ya clowns.




  12. We’ve had


    Whur’s the deeds


    Whur’s the dossier



    and now



    Whur’s the interims

  13. The hun club statement about the vote is as wooly and baseless as their dossier.

  14. ADI_DASSLER on 12TH MAY 2020 7:48 PM



    Re : Larkhall names on Clyde



    Can think of Celtic players called :-



    Billy ( McNeill )


    Alister ( Hunter )


    Dougie ( Livingston) better known as Newcastle manager who won the FA cup.


    Iain or Ian ( Andrews )


    Andrew ( Walker )


    Euan/ Ewan ( Henderson )


    Calum / Callum ( ( McGregor)



    Can’t think of a Walter , Crawford Tiny or a Torquill.



    Who knows though?




  15. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on




    Was Walter Kidd not on Celtics books ?

  16. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Sorry greenpinata



    I better get off the medication 🤷‍♂️

  17. BT I think you are getting mixed up with our honorary player : Albert Kidd. 😀😀👍

  18. ” 13 voted ‘yes’. 27 is the number who voted ‘no’… 13 of 27 is a lot more than a third”



    Well, it is certainly true that 13 0f 27 is a lot more than a third.


    Poor wee soul.


    Did any of his fellow follow followers correct him?

  19. From the Rangers statement.



    “It is clear that many members have lost confidence in the SPFL leadership and the need for change will not diminish.



    The status quo cannot hold.”








    So it was only a power grab after all, a change in SPFL leadership? Who would have thunk it?



    Now lets get after real change now that TRFC and the BBC have whetted the nations appetite.



    Real change is introducing transparency and accountability into structures and processes, not having a different guy in a different colored jacket every year pulling or closing the curtains as suits his jacket.

  20. Richie. Prayers will be said at Mass tomorrow for Michelle RIP. Condolences to you and all her loved ones.

  21. It seems like Sevco have had to release another 20 members of staff.


    The 8 referees and 12 assistants are said to be devistated.

  22. Walter kidd used to go to mass at st johns portobello.


    Used to see him and his family every sunday when i lived there.


    A celtic man.



  23. Ritchie



    Please accept my deepest sympathies on your tragic news, my heart breaks for you mate.



    May perpetual light shine upon Michelle and for you personally take comfort from the genuine warmth from the posters on CQN.

  24. Richie #TeamOscarForever on

    Thanks Chris. As you know, this is a dear, green place at times like these,