noun: caravanserai: a group of people traveling together; a caravan.
Just when one thought it had all gone quiet, a lull before the perfect storm, the dogs are barking at a caravan that has ground to a shuddering halt. Jim Traynor has put together a keyboard posse to flush out McInnes and force him to do the unthinkable.
High in the saddle is Keith Jackson who had this to say yesterday:
“Derek McInnes has stayed away from Aberdeen’s training session this morning as he edges closer to a move to Rangers. Record Sport understands McInnes and right hand man Tony Docherty have chosen not to oversee the first team squad to prepare for Friday night’s top flight trip to Dundee. Instead, first team coach Barry Robson and youth boss Paul Sheerin took Dons’ training at Balgownie Barracks. The move comes after we revealed this morning that McInnes could have no option but to resign from his Pittodrie post if he wants to open signing talks with the Ibrox club – following Aberdeen’s decision to boot out an official approach on Tuesday night.
It’s understood McInnes is now locked in dialogue with chairman Stewart Milne as the pair attempt to resolve this stand off. But Milne appears unlikely to back down after being infuriated by a six week saga which culminated in last week’s double header defeat for the Dons in back-to-back games against their bitter Glasgow rivals.
And, unless Milne is talked into an unlikely change of heart, McInnes will have to rip up his own contract in order to be free to open negotiations with Dave King’s Rangers regime.
Record Sport understands Rangers will agree to pay more than £1m in compensation for McInnes and Docherty if Milne gives the move his blessing.
Should the management team opt to resign in order to force the move through, then Aberdeen’s lawyers would come after them for the money – with Rangers then obliged to pick up the tab in full if McInnes is appointed as Pedro Caixinha’s replacement.”
Was this piece put together by numbers? Did the beleaguered hacks, who are on the journalistic equivalent of death row, draw lots to write a line each? If Lite had tabled an offer of £1m McInnes would be free to talk. As Lite don’t have a pot to piss in they are hoping that McInnes resigns as they would prefer to negotiate with a lead-swinging judge than with Stewart Milne. Will the 32nd degree Baron of Glen Clova step up to declare the new club penniless and ask his fellow Freemason brother for time to pay with a peppercorn interest rate?
Milne will not force an unhappy management team to see out the rest of the season as this would be counterproductive. The three rounds of back-channel negotiations with McInnes’ agent will stick in Milne’s craw. There is nothing to discuss with Lite other than to go through the motions for the media. McInnes will have been apprised of his salary and objectives viz UEFA qualification, a cup win, one defeat of Celtic and no more than a 12 point gap to the 7-in-a-row Champions.
Lite are merely flying a kite to force McInnes’ hand. They have conducted this recruitment like fly-by-night spivs that feed off faeces on the Clyde river bed. Will the SFA intervene to charge Lite with manager tapping? It’s a stick-on that they won’t as they are as diligent as the day is long at the Winter Solstice. Slippery Stewart Regan will drop by Andrew Dickson’s desk at the SFA to agree a form of words. How about the ‘tapping-up’ had not fully crystallised? Admittedly an old chestnut but a good night watchman.
It’s blatantly obvious that the SFA will do everything in their power to engineer a parity between the two Glasgow clubs. The Punch & Judy model has worked for generations. If Punch is using a loaded cosh then Judy should be given an SFA-issue crash helmet.
Lagging behind at the rear of the posse is Chris Jack who was too small to mount a horse and had to revert to a donkey. Chris has been known to hump the table legs in the Blue Room like an overexcited pup. He had this to say:
“It is understood that the Gers chose to do the honourable thing by waiting until after the double-header with Aberdeen to make an approach.”
What a fucking imbecile. One could not flush out a scintilla of honour in the rogue board if one applied a thorough enema. They are as bent as a Polo Club line dance. Does Jack still get paid in Milky Bars?
One can but hope that Mcinnes takes the job and is prevented from entering Murray Park when the Sheriff Officers have secured it. King will scuttle the ship should Bannatyne add the weight of the law to the Takeover Panel’s edicts.
It would be the perfect end to a particularly sordid episode.