The SFA hosted an event on Tuesday evening at The Ailsa Craig Suite in the Five Star Trump Turnberry Hotel. A ‘Luxury Collection‘ resort hotel. After copious amounts of claret there was no need to make one’s way back to Glasgow or in Pathetic Petrie’s case Edinburgh as the best suites in the hotel had been booked by the blazers. If one had the foresight to leave one’s SFA-issue brown brogues outside one’s suite for buffing, they would be returned before breakfast with the required SFA Turd-Polished sheen.
The Ailsa Craig Suite is described as a fresh, airy room with large picture windows overlooking the Championship golf courses and beyond. It is apparently an ideal space for private dinners or lunches for up to 80 people. The private dining rooms of Hotel Du Vin evidently did not have the capacity to accommodate the movers (On) and shakers of Scottish football.
I understand that a sumptuous five course dinner, with a delectable amuse-bouche palate refresher, was on offer. There would be little change out of £200 per head. Having stayed overnight it would be remiss of the SFA not to take in eighteen holes and book oneself out for the day. Sinecures allow that kind of latitude.
According to Hugh McDonald in The Daily Mail club chairmen perused a document which proposed a radical revamp of the SFA prior to the beginning of season 2020/21. As I write my mole informs me that some of the SFA are still at the bar availing themselves of a 25 years old Macallan that was stored in a Sherry cask for added sweetness. Unsurprisingly some at 3 a.m. are in a ‘tired and emotional’ state. However the bar will remain open for as long as the SFA deem it appropriate. The barman might have to await the first golf flight of the morning prior to divesting himself of his cummerbund and bow-tie.
One unnamed club chairman stated:
‘We are standing at the crossroads for Scottish football. Decisions must be made in the short-term for medium and long-term benefit. The SFA can regain some control by the appointment of a very strong, outstanding chief executive but the more likely scenario is that it loses its power to the clubs.’
McDonald reveals that one scenario being contemplated is to allow the SFA to control the international squad, minor football and administration. Clubs would take over matters of governance, promotion and sponsorship.
Of course the latter would be a big ask, hence the SFA’s pitch for the status quo to be maintained.
“Those seeking change want a revamped Scottish body in place before a new television deal is negotiated. The proposals have been put in a discussion paper and have been the subject of informal talks among leading figures who are seeking change after becoming dismayed by a series of crises. Many of these were prompted by the SFA (or) actually caused by them.”
The summer tour of South and Central America – which quite incredibly is called Project Brave – has led to the engagement of one of Peter Lawell’s eyebrows to express his disapproval. One more eyebrow would have resulted in anathema
As I wrote in jj-passim the SFA and SPFL are competing for the same sponsors. The SPFL have only 13 members of staff. The SFA 180. The latter evidently has the larger sales team but an inferior product.
“The main points of debate between the top clubs fall broadly into two options.The first is to revamp both the SPFL and the SFA. The second is to scrap both authorities with one body formed, with independent aid and advice, to run the professional game.”
I have proposed on several occasions completely scrapping the SFA and subsuming its functions in an enhanced SPFL. The blazers, the sub-committee gobshites, should be dismissed with prejudice.
There is a consensus that Doncaster and his team have a good track record in negotiating with broadcasters. As much as I would like to see Doncaster on a bonfire of his own vanities it might not be prudent to usher in a new team to renegotiate at this juncture. A business relationship has been forged which should squeeze out a few more million going forward.
However let me break it down for the hard of thinking. This is a self-preservation sales pitch by the beleaguered SFA. They might offer the bone of one more non-executive director on the SFA board, but they will fight tooth and nail to preserve their brown brogues and blazers.
One can but hope that the SFA’s entreaties fall on deaf ears and that the discarded blazers and brogues are being sold on E-Bay prior to next season.
These corrupt bastards sat on their hands while Rangers engaged in industrial cheating. The lied to provide same with a UEFA licence. The lied some more to cover up their complicity. They allowed a compromised Campbell Ogilvie to subvert an SPFL commission. They refused a review of their corruption and incompetence. They are incapable of fair play.
Take them out now or Scottish football will remain mired in their corrupt cesspool.