Accountability, Transparency, & Brave Sir Robin


Homunculus & AllyJambo Is what you are talking about not the …

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Homunculus & AllyJambo
Is what you are talking about not the type of thing Ashley did with USC and indeed Tom Hunter before him?

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Accountability, Transparency, & Brave Sir Robin
BLUOCTOBER 11, 2016 at 14:35

I hear what you are saying re the wider matter but re the striker issue Griffiths has to deal with defenses full of big bruisers sitting deep week in week out.

Are Strachan, McGhee, Pressley  saying that he can’t be effective against Lithuanian defenders and we can’t alter our system to deal with that.

Our attack relying on a ‘non-scoring striker’ is therefore dictated by their 117 world ranked defense as opposed to playing to our strengths.

Frankly ridiculous and over analyzing things  IMHO.

Accountability, Transparency, & Brave Sir Robin
My theory that people who make their living out of football are invested heavily in the Myth gets another nudge in the direction of credibilty.

I think we have a general problem with regard to how those ‘within the game’ view the fans.

I’m my line of work I believe I know more than the general public with regard to why things are done and how things operate. However that does not necessarily make the views of the public any less valid being they are ultimately the end users who should be satisfied with the product/service.

When I am asked about things by someone outwith my industry I try and give an explanation as to why things as they are (financial, technical, political, legal etc), the options that may have been examined to get there and sometimes I will even agree the situation being raised/complained about is ridiculous.

I hope that in dealing with people in such a manner , even if they still don’t like the answers, I come across as professional, well informed and on top of my game, along with having a degree of empathy and understanding of the issues raised.
The explanation of why people within the game (despite all the headlines in 2012) fail to recognise the death Rangers is never given. After four years Andrew Smith’s (Scotsman) communication with John Clark has been the closest  to getting to some form of adult dialogue.

It is within such an atmosphere that the national manager believes he can easily dismiss the folk paying his wages.

Strachan appears to have a dim view of the public commenting on his tactics and capabilities. While I agree there can be some ill informed nonsense of radio phone ins and the like,  it seems to have passed him by that many a Scotland supporter will have played the game at some point, perhaps even to a decent level. Some will be coaches taking all manner of sides and a good many will have participated in SFA coaching courses aimed at producing his players of tomorrow (if he is in the job after tonight!!). Some will have played and coached other sports, again perhaps to a high level.

Such people should not be dismissed so easily by trying to avoid awkward questions or talking of and outstanding performance of a chosen striker who hasn’t scored in 20 odd games.

Yes the manager needs to protect his players in an attempt to get the best from them but he also needs to tell the truth and give supporters a bit of insight into his thinking. 

As someone said on Sportsound last night we all know that Rhodes and McCromack have been sold for higher transfer fees than Chris Martin. We know they have consistently scored more goals than him throughout their careers. We all know that Griffiths (CL and Europa cup Experience) can score and S. Fletcher seems to be gaining a bit of form again. Nothing against the lad but Chris Martin seems no more of a candidate for an international striker than any of the aforementioned.

Why do people within the game think the rest of us are some form of pond swilling imbeciles who no experience of team building, tactics, delivery of strategy, assessment of competitors, planning and preparation etc etc etc.

Frankly from the national team manger and his masters downwards there are very few ‘inside the game’ who fill me with confidence at this time with regard to how the game is managed and where we are going.

Accountability, Transparency, & Brave Sir Robin
While the Joey Barton situation is interesting ( including the precedents of Black and Simonsen not getting sacked for betting) surely the SFM should be more concerned with yet another failure of the national team to beat a lower ranked opponent – this time at home.
FFS WGS get a grip.

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StevieBC 22nd December 2020 at 12:26

bect67 22nd December 2020 at 12:50

Agree, if people aren't happy with six goals in a cup final encounter that went to extra time and a nerve wracking penalty shoot out then what is it that floats their boat?

Thinking back, by the end of it I had forgotten there was no crowd in Hampden and was wholly absorbed unlike some games I've watched in these strange times.

OK so the quality was questionable and the result didn't go the way of my team but for me this is what sport should be about. If Celtic had taken it to 3-0 in the second half and strolled to the end of the game, no-one would have even remembered the game next week, let alone years to come. 

Quadruple trebles, Hamilton winning F1 at a canter, etc  are to be admired and respected but I'd say it isn't always 'entertaining'.

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Nice to see the thumbs back on the site.

18 thumbs down for a fairly innocuous post re the cup final and 1 person responding negatively to Cluster One's post re  the BBC's  half time tribute to a 36 year old footballer being struck down by MND!! 

I know people say the thumbs are not the be all and end all of the site, but come on guys, really?

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Very entertaining cup final today.

Penalties a bit of a lottery, as usual,  as both teams could claim they were worthy of the win.


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bordersdon 7th December 2020 at 20:23

paddy malarkey 7th December 2020 at 18:36

Would hope by the September rounds there may be a chance to get to games if the vaccine roll out goes well. However in terms of away games can't see any great attraction other than Austria, don't really fancy the rest. Would consider Denmark if I can get a bank loan for a pint!!

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Re The recent punishments for St Mirren and Kilmarnock, I have merely scanned the ruling for Killie and read a bit of commentary re St Mirren

It seems there are two parts to case. Killie were deemed to have not operated social distancing protocols on the bus to an away game and at a pre-game meal. To put is simply, they probably need to have two buses to keep all players and staff appropriately distanced and at the hotel where the meal was served,  the tables had too many people around them.

In St Mirren's case it seems the same applied but they were also guilty of letting players car share. There seems to be questions about not imparting covid related information to players and staff in an appropriate manner.

I may be wrong but I get the impression the cash fine is for braking the covid protocols and the loss of game and the 3-0 award to opposition is based on sporting disadvantage, given the result was that due to Covid issues the offending team were unable to put out a team and thus placed unfavourable conditions on their opposition that would otherwise not have occurred.

The linking of these two cases to earlier one with Celtic & Aberdeen seems to be 'apples and pears' in that both those clubs were willing and able to play their fixtures. The SPFL seem to also be saying that the Scot Gov cancelled the games but I am not sure that is strictly the case.

However, if a team were to fall foul of a bout of food poisoning as a result of their own catering operation and could not fulfill a fixture, is it not the case that precedent for teams being unavailable due to  'illness' within the squad is that the games are rescheduled.

Clubs would not be fined for breaking hygiene protocols and no points would be awarded to the disadvantaged opposition.

I can see why the SPFL have taken the stance they have, in these most difficult of times,  but not overly convinced they have the powers or precedent to take such action. Perhaps it is a gloves off approach as opposed to being more accommodating in 'normal times'.

While not so fussed about retrospective action on Celtic and Aberdeen, I am more concerned that the same SPFL seem willing to disrupt an already jam packed league fixture list and allow a certain team to needlessly go to a winter training camp (which presumably will be abroad), when there could be a higher probability of people straying from protocols and covid controls. 

If Celtic or any other team are unable to fulfill fixtures due to 'covid mistakes'  then 3-0 it will be, no?


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