Archive | September, 2013

Casting Stones

13 Sep

Ian Black stands in front of a tribunal the weight of the evidence or and having the regulations explained to him mean he had no other choice but to plead guilty.  The punishment is handed down Black takes the punishment and censure on the chin. Matter closed? Not in Scotland.

If Ian Black had walked out of Hampden’s glass doors to face the media he would of been confronted by stone clutching masses.  All taking aim at the Rangers midfielder.  Ian had afterall admitted his errors, taken his punishment like a man.  He may even as we speak be talking to counselors at Gamblers Anonymous. He may be quietly dealing with a problem he has developed.  Is this even included in the questions regarding Black’s Gambling?

So in the absence of compassion, empathy or hunger for facts. Let’s examine the people and organisations who are so quick to and perfectly qualified to judge and insist Ian Black is ran out of Ibrox. 

We have one organisation who broadcast nightly week days giving a platform for pundits to insist Ian Black is sacked.  Interesting at a time when Bill Walker (ex MSP) is deposed for Domestic Abuse Crimes, this nation wide broadcaster retains the services of someone guilty of similar crimes not as a self employed presenter no as staff.  So if Black should be sacked maybe this broadcaster should contact their own Human Resource department rather than urging others to do so. Possibly even consider that if gambling is so bad why do they take thousands of pounds from bookmakers.  Smacks of triple standards to me.

Next we have another organisation that seems to of been used as a hide for some of the nation’s biggest sex criminals in the last fifty years.    Despite many staff members having concerns these criminals hide in plain sight maybe their Human Resources department need to look at their own procedures. 

Then we have a print press pack tarnished by hacking spying and invading peoples private telephone calls, email accounts and other personal information.  Such was the extent of this in the media culture it was not a question of how many should of lost their jobs but actually easier to find those untarnished by the evils of hacking.
Wheeled out other team managers who advocate Rangers sacking players etc.  Sorry but this,is the same club that allowed police investigations to stand alone rather than take objective action when scandal and shame visited their club.  A incredibly lazy Human Resource Department unless it was instructed to ignore from above.

Then Ian Black’s Union join in following their failure in educating their members.  They come out with damming comments.  So much for a Union supporting its members failed once Ian Black is then damned by his union.  He must be considering the odds of him refusing to pay the union fees.

As for the authorities if gambling on football is such a evil then I would guess the Scottish cup will be looking for a new sponsor.  

Let Ian Black serve his ban and let them without sin cast the first stone. 

Neil and Stu – Trotters not so Independent Traders

7 Sep

Followers of my words will know that neither Neil Doncaster or Stewart Regan are on my Christmas Card list.  I am acutely aware that I am not on theirs.  Safe to say I won’t hold my breath for a invite to hampden ivory towers for tea and crumpets.  I try to be fair and chatitable to the leaders of Scottish Football but the latest freshly baked batch of news to emerge from Hampden is beyond reason.

Let’s take all the statements from Neil and Stu.  Turmoil, financial instabilities, needing investment just some of the paraphrased comments.  From member clubs you hear the need of two things

1 financial income/investment

2 support from the associations and league.

So why did Stewart Reagan’s SFA close TWO DAYS before the rest of the world on transfer deadline day. 

This suicidal move to restrict trade has 41 clubs wondering why they didn’t benefit from the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of Pounds swilling around European Football.  The only club to benefit seems to be Hamilton who cashed in on a Scots born Irishman via a sell on clause.  We’ll done them.  The sale that keeps on giving, just male sure Stewart Regan isn’t your bank manager because you wouldn’t get your money till Christmas. 

There is a Christmas theme what the sfa did by closing is the equivalent to marks and spencers closing on the 21st of December!  Why because it’s a working day! 

It’s a reason that does not stack up, not now not then not ever.  Much talk of Pyramid systems well by shutting up shop early the sfa cut the player pyramid off in its prime.  Directly hurting ambitious players, destroying the possibility of clubs making survival til January easier.  I hope a club does not fold potentially because it wasn’t able to sell a player on.

The merrigoround of transfers traditionally spins and drags in some Scottish interest.  Player A goes from Scotland to England, player B goes from lower league to Scottish  Premiership. Players develop clubs survive.  Simple that’s what happens on transfer deadline day. 

Celtic for example fresh from Champions league qualification suffered a potentially long term injury blow with Lustig, even with a early Saturday Kick off Neil Lennon had no time to find a replacement.  This proves that the SFA have no intrwst in supporting or developing clubs and players in Scotland.  Let’s make no bones about this,  Supporting and Developing The Game (clubs & players & officials) is The Foundation of the remit of the Association it is not a opt in.

Peter Lawwell must be realising his position on the sfa board. He must wish that he was appointed earlier. He like every other club in Scotland must look at England with envy.  Then again Greg Dyke etc were not insidiously employed by a Lawyers firm masquerading as a employment/hr firm.  I doubt that even former employee of the month Lawwell will ditch his former employers and his friends though because he is part of the problem even though Celtic have been indoubyably disadvantaged by the SFA.

If Neil and Stu’s motivation to close the case and run off to the three wheeler van was aimed at Rangers then that is not just bad but cause for absolute horror.  If the vendetta against one club Rangers, allows for the REST OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL to suffer then that my friends is a crime beyond Jim Farry.