I was ambivalent about the dismissal of Gordon Strachan. Strachan’s first team picked itself. Perm any seven from eight Celtic players, add Fletcher, throw in a couple of makeweights and you have a team that could make a fist of qualification. Strachan arrived at this formula after a dismal run of four games. Four games that holed the SS SFA under the waterline.
However promoting Malky Mackay to the role of interim boss, with one eye on replacing Strachan on the cheap, is unconscionable. Mackay is a racist. He may be a reconstructed racist after FA counselling but this is a moot point. One cannot have a Scotland manager reverting to type by engaging is Asian slurs and homosexual pejoratives. As for Mackay’s track record, one promotion courtesy of the butt of his racist rants bankrolling his ambition, does not mark Mackay out as one to watch.
The role of Performance Director is a sinecure. With the exception of Rangers Lite who have dismantled their youth structure to feed the Auchenhowie meter, the youth teams of Scotland’s leading clubs don’t need a pep talk from Mackay. What does he have to offer? A workshop on ‘sledging?‘
I invite readers to have a look at the Celtic Academy. In the photograph there are 17 coaches that engender trust, respect and team work. The Celtic colts are expected to uphold the honour of the club at all times. Kieran Tierney, one of the finest players to ever play at Celtic park, embodies all that is good at The Celtic Academy. Karamoko Dembele, who starred in an under 20s fixture while only 13, is a season or two shy of a first team debut. As Wayne Rooney showed at Everton if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.
So what part did Mackay play in this well-oiled machine? As one would expect from any Hampden appointee he did the square root of fuck all. Mackay is a stranger to the best funded and most professional football academy in Scotland. Is it any wonder that Mackay bit Regan’s hand off when the latter had the Twitter consensus to sack Strachan? Welcome to the SFA where social media dictates the fortunes of the national team coach. Regan and his corrupt cabal of gutless frauds are actively recruiting a PR Guru to shape the narrative of social media. I anticipate that their chinless yes-man will have as much impact on shaping the narrative at our Speakeasy as Mackay did at Lennoxtown.
In other news I note that Hamilton Accies are the victims of a £750,000 online fraud. Most chairmen , such as builder Stewart Milne, would have to be apprised as to which end was up when unboxing a server. As we have seen at Rangers Lite, soliciting incriminating data from a porous network was the key to equity manipulation; and career criminal King supping from the loving cup in The Blue Room. Dave King has never been prosecuted for numerous transgressions of the wireless and communications act and the reset of stolen data. Police Scotland look after their own. I’m sure Milne will be happy to host the friendly against The Netherlands on November 9. A nice little sweetener for backing Regan’s mantra of moving on.
The SFA’s cronyism goes further than just jobs for the boys. A lucrative Scotland fixture can be bestowed on any chairman who toes the party line.
With the spotlight on Hamilton Accies and the efficacy of ‘worms‘ thoughts turn to the equity of our ursine friend Douglas Park. In a list of Hamilton shareholders published in June 2016, Douglas Park is listed as Shareholding 14 with 5000 Ordinary shares in the club.
Has this conflict of interest escaped the gutless frauds at Hampden. Maybe we should all just ‘move on.‘