Podcast Episode 3 – David Low


The shareholders of RIFC PLC control and own the assets …

Comment on Podcast Episode 3 – David Low by PW1874.

The shareholders of RIFC PLC control and own the assets of the group. RIFC PLC have few overheads. What they do have though is a loss-making, debt-heavy, cash-poor subsidiary in the name of TRFC Ltd that has dozens of highly-paid employees. This subsidiary has massive overheads and very limited income. If RIFC PLC decided to place their subsidiary into administration by calling in their debt, I’m pretty sure every employee contracted to TRFC Ltd would be made redundant and all contracted sums due would have to file with the other ordinary creditors for payment. They’d get hee-haw

RIFC PLC would have no obligation to step in and use their property assets to alleviate the plight of all those creditors.

The only thing really troubling for the PLC at the moment is a downward share price, it’s TRFC Ltd that have the really serious problems.

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Podcast Episode 3 – David Low

McCoist’s comments on player wages seem in stark contrast to Mr Wallace and his 120 Day Review.

The Review version

The Club acquired a number of players in Summer 2013 that, based on financial forecasts, it should have known that it could not afford.

The first team squad has the second highest wage bill in Scottish football for a team currently playing in the third tier. The total player wage cost is well in excess of the level it should be primarily due to generous and poorly structured contracts that were awarded to some players when they joined the Club.

The McCoist version (BBC Website)

McCoist, who will hold talks with Wallace over his transfer budget for their Championship campaign next season, added: “And I probably should mention that I am totally against any indication that the players have the money.

“One or two people have wrongly questioned players coming in and money being spent.

“Just to put the record completely straight on that, we didn’t spend any money at all on the players, the budget came down, the wages in relation to turnover at the club is probably the envy of any club in world football.

“So although some of the money has gone on players’ wages, it is a very small fraction of where the money has gone.

“It (the ratio) is maybe 27/ 28%. I think the lowest in the Championship last year was 53 or 54% so that would give you the indication that the players’ budget should be well within the overall turnover and is within the overall turnover.

“So, I refute the players taking any stick at all on it, plus the fact that it wasn’t myself who offered the players the contracts.”

Mr Wallace really could be doing with a little more help, maybe his chit-chat with the Super One over next season’s war chest will iron out these difficulties.

Podcast Episode 3 – David Low
After 120 Days, I expected less corporate speak, less wishful-thinking and more plan.

It would appear the Review bemoans past mismanagement, lack of banking facilities and the inability to capitalise equity, but everything rosy and UEFA competition within three seasons!

I seem to be missing something.

Podcast Episode 3 – David Low
I have to admit there is a small part of me (very small) that does feel sorry for the Easdales. You covet something for so long that’s out of your reach, and just when you’ve made yourself worthy and got a tentative grasp on the object of your desire, along comes a powerful villain who’s decided your unworthiness and musters the forces of darkness against you.

The Easdales are much like Gollum in Lord of the Rings, driven by desire for possession of a corrupting precious they could never hope to control for long.

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