Podcast Episode 3 – David Low

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RyanGosling says: May 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm The parodies and …

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May 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm
The parodies and glee at Rangers’ self inflicted troubles are what make this forum, at times, a fairly exclusive place.
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You are spot on with that point

I have contributed my fair share of this type of post There is a thin line between commenting on situations or people you genuinely believe unworthy and offending decent people who think otherwise.Its all in how you word your post
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Being right is never a good excuse for giving offense
So for anything I posted that was coated in gleeful language I apologise to you and fellow Bears

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Podcast Episode 3 – David Low
So
GW is hired in Nov 2014 on a salary of £325k p.a.
This means he will have drawn £162.5k out of RIFC when his 6 month anniversary arrives later in May
He is on a bonus of £325k which is described as 100% for winning the 3rd Div title
i.e. GW is getting a £325k bonus for 6 months “work” during which he earned £162.5K
I make that a bonus of 200% since it is payable in May 2014 and not in Dec 2014
This re-opens a question which has split this blog
Could GW be considered a Spiv or is he an honest man getting the rate for the job?
I have no doubt whatsoever
This guy was hired by Spivs to run a Spiv Co set up by Spivs to benefit Spivs
So he`s a Spiv getting the Spiv rate for doing a Spiv job
What`s his future?
For sure he won’t be on a 200% bonus next season
If he stays on he will be the second longest serving Spiv CEO in Scottish football
At best he will agree some funds from the Big Spiv until Admin or liquidation happens later in the year
But when you think about it
Why would he want to hang on?
There is no guarantee he will ever see another bonus
I was in the camp of a 2 May Administration. Something must have happened to move the goalposts Maybe the Big Spiv`s Fit and Proper Person passport has been rejected. It may have been the points deduction
With Admin a 25pt deduction is applied next season Unless of course TRFC liquidate and sell the heritage to Sevco2 The SFA might then reduce it to 15pts but still keep Sevco2 in the 2nd Div
So
For all we know
Liquidation not Administration is the card which the Spivs will play next
A promise to liquidate if a deal can`t be done over STs will focus minds in the close season
If so
Will it be GW who utters the threat?
I doubt it
As CEO he is in a position to pay himself his £325k bonus now
That money has probably been sitting in an escrow account for 6 months Once it is safely withdrawn he will be offski
All that can prevent him leaving is the Spivs reneging on his bonus
After all
GW`s only here for the money
He`s a Spiv after all


Podcast Episode 3 – David Low
Frantic discussions with the SFA?
What could that all be about?
It can only be RIFC playing their last card
i.e
Intimating their intention to go direct to Liquidation this week instead of Administration on 16 May?
That would put the SFA in a right tizzy
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Mmmmm…
What would the SFA give up in exchange for TRFC fulfilling its last fixture?
Not a lot really
Maybe
A written promise that whoever buys the assets next time round will definitely get “Fit and Proper Person” status This adds value to the owner of the assets but doesn`t stop Admin
Or maybe
A written promise of recognition that the assets belong to RIFC and not the ethereal “club”
Or even
A written promise that only the newco Rangers playing out of Ibrox will be viewed by the SFA as the holders of the TRFC2 name and history
And even
A written promise to allow Ibrox to stage
semi finals for the next 5 yrs
And
A grant to upgrade Ibrox


Podcast Episode 3 – David Low
Yep
The PR plan supported by all the Spivs is cooking nicely
Here’s why
……An RIFC Director has publicly linked fragile finances to Admin
……The need for a massive uptake in ST else has been declared by the CEO
……The nonsense demand of the Big Spiv have been rejected
……The Chairman has declared total support for the CEO
The licence for next season has arrived safely at Ibrox
……The 25 pt penalty for any Admin after Friday has been slipped into the public arena
……The MSM and the Bears are baying for GW
……The feckless PR Guru and upcoming Interim CEO is offstage
So the scene is set for a torrid 3 days
……….The MSM will legitimately encourage the idea that the least worse Admin date is this Friday. Otherwise all clubs will suffer a second Armageddon
All we need now is something to light the blue touch paper that drives a green wooden stake through the heart
An event that causes Wallace to lay down his sword and limp off into the sunset
(Limping because he got paid in cash)
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Here’s some suggestions for the catalytic event
It could be
AIM suspend trading in RIFC shares
Or
HMRC knock on the door with a final demand
Or
The Big Spiv declare he has signed up 20k ST holders
Or
CO admits his guilt and resigns (This is a long shot)
We will find out soon enough
The rest is predictable
GW resigns this ensures he is not responsible for the Admin announcement
The feckless PR Guru is appointed Interim CEO
This Patsy steps forward and announces Admin .He hastily adds that he can`t say much more as he is only just been appointed
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The only issue that could delay Admin beyond Friday is the SPFL moving the end of the season backwards to accommodate the Spivs.
This will push Admin back until 16 May
But it will not stop it happening


Recent Comments by GoosyGoosy

Launch of SFSA Fans’ Survey
BIG PINK
JULY 28, 2017 at 11:42
 
I really think that the SFSA could – and should – grasp an opportunity like the SPFL statement to assume a moral leadership of fans of Scottish football. I’m not sure what it is they hope to provide in terms of moral authority if they are not fearless enough to address directly the biggest and still evolving scandal the game has seen. I am hoping that like Celtic, they are taking time to respond. The question is, how can they ignore it?
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BP
IMO
Its not all that difficult
.At their next  Board meeting the current SFSA Board should vote on whether they are prepared to make upholding sporting integrity the prime goal of their Mission Statement. All other goals will be subservient to this aim. Key Performance Indicators should then be developed to measure whether the governing bodies are upholding integrity going forward. Regular reports should be emailed to members when, as we expect corruption continues to be manifest in mismanagement of current rules and the law of the land. However The SFSA should avoid public involvement  on any topic until they have a fully functioning  democratically elected Board comprised of Fan Directors.
The focus on integrity should   automatically make resolving corruption the number one goal for the immediate term. It would enable an umbrella coalition to be established  between the SFSA and  other groups solely responsible for pursuing the Judicial Review route. The idea would be that the SFSA address an d measure progress on long term implications of removing the elephant while the rest of the coalition get on with shoving it out the window
Steps should be taken immediately to introduce democracy to SFSA using as a voter roll the names of all those for whom they have email addresses. Groups claiming to represent many unnamed members should be charged with adding them to the email voters roll by a target cut off date. The election of Fan Shadow Directors to overlap with the current Board should proceed on a democratic basis shortly after the cut off date. Whether this is  by direct election or through some temporary representative body should be thought through and voted on by email.
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The views of the Celtic Board are no longer relevant
They had the opportunity to stand up and be counted .Instead they cooperated by their silence in a disgraceful, unethical and shameless strategy. Their focus now should be removing Bro Walfrids Statue from Celtic Park before it falls over in shame


Launch of SFSA Fans’ Survey
AULDHEIDJULY 27, 2017 at 22:11
Goosey GooseyWhen there is 0% chance of opening the door, 20% is worth backing.
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Like I said
I`ve yet to meet the person with 80% integrity
Or put another way
I don`t trust people who have proven untrustworthy on an integrity issue on even one occasion 
Sometimes I have no choice but to put my fate in their hands 
Some worked out. Some didn`t work out
But because I had no choice I went along with it unwillingly
However
That wasn`t trust. It was Hobsons choice
When I have the choice not to trust them because there are other options 
I don`t trust them and go for an alternative
Having said that
Its a free country (apart from what we both agree on)
So
People may put their trust in SFAS using whatever criteria they deem most important 
For me when dealing with corruption there is zero room for compromise.
Its  an issue of integrity, right or wrong ,good or evil, black or white
I won`t  trust SFAS
So as I said before
I`m out


Launch of SFSA Fans’ Survey
AULDHEIDJULY 27, 2017 at 21:32 goosygoosyJuly 27, 2017 at 20:38 (Edit)
Read my post about capacity building. Have you anything better to suggest be done in their place? Are you going to do the work those volunteers do or are you happy just to snoop and snipe?
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Auldheid
i have great respect for you and your track record in opposing corruption
I am too long in the tooth now to believe platitudes without checking the facts. I  am happy to contribute to a crowd funding initiative seeking a JR of the corruption associated with the recent past
I`m not snowed either by face to face meetings with people who have proven they lack integrity.
Thats a virtue you either have or you don`t have

I`ve yet to meet the person with 80% integrity
So as far as SFAS are concerned
I`m out


Launch of SFSA Fans’ Survey
Oh Dear as PMG might say
I fear I may have tripped over a can of worms in my previous post at 14.56
Thinking back to the sterling work done by the combined efforts of talented posters on the RTC Blog
I thought it might be fun to have a look at SFSA in a bit more detail
Current Office address 4 Woodside Pl, Glasgow G3 7QL
Interestingly
 If you Google Earth this address and postcode there`s a man walking along the pavement who looks awfully like a member of the SPFL. Can`t be sure of course  as faces are blurred with Google Earth but the odd way of walking seems familiar.
It was enough to pique my curiosity so I had a look elsewhere on the web
Lo and behold
Up comes the following
SFSA
Official Launch early April 2015
BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/32229672
“The SFSA, which says it has reached 40,000 pledges of support from Scottish fans’ groups at club level, will include a national advisory group.
It will contain experts on football and governance matters, including former First Minister Henry McLeish and Maureen McGonigle, founder of Scottish Women in Sport, and from academia and the business world.
They will work with a football advisory group that so far includes fans from Aberdeen, Ayr United, Celtic, Dumbarton, Hearts and Rangers”
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Question
Does 40,000 pledges of support from a Club Group mean every member of that Club has registered an email address with SFSA?
Or does it mean one person from each supporters group registered on behalf of their members with or without their consent? Does this explain why the SFSA had 40000  members before it was launched ?
Question
“Whereabouts on the current website can you find the names of the fans on the Advisory Group from Aberdeen, Ayr United, Celtic, Dumbarton, Hearts and Rangers”
And
Why are members of the Advisory Group selected by the unelected CEO and Chairman of the SFSA Board and not elected by the members?
 
The Fans’ Manifesto
Fans want change
Scottish football needs and deserves a future. As a movement of some 50,000 fans (and growing) the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) believes that it really is possible to renew, reform and reclaim the game. But the engine of that transformation has to be those who love and follow the game. That is what this Fans’ Manifesto is all about.
 In 2015 we asked football supporters across Scotland what they wanted to see for the future. We got an amazing 10,000 responses.
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 Among the mass of ideas and comments there were aspirations large and small. In this document we have distilled some of the biggest ones, and combined them with ideas that have now been in circulation – buttressed by a number of other surveys – for some time. This Manifesto contains nine key pointers towards the future of football game in Scotland. It is intended not as an end, but as the beginning of a renewed national conversation that needs to reach out well beyond the established boundaries if it is going to bring credible action
RENEW THE GAME
 01 Bring back the fans through competitive pricing and family facilities at every club
02 Make football in Scotland media-friendly and innovative at every level
03 Re-market the Scottish game, pressing for financial fair shares and transparency REFORM THE GAME
04 Rebuild the game with larger divisions, more variety and improved competition
05 Equip every club to be a ‘community hub’ for wellbeing and entertainment
 06 Re-invest in youth through fresh plans for training and education
 RECLAIM THE GAME
07 A ‘diversity drive’: 25% fan representation on all governing bodies in five years, 50% women, a permanent place for the national fans’ body
08 Regular, independent auditing and review of the performance of governing bodies and clubs
 09 Extend community and collaborative ownership, create a fans’ right to bid or buy when clubs are for sale, create a fans’ bank or fund
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Question
Did any of the 10000 fans who responded to the survey mention that there might be a problem with corruption at the SFA and SPFL?
If so
Were they so few in number that their concerns were excluded from the Fans Manifesto?
Question
Did any of the 10000 fans who responded to the survey mention sectarian singing, intimidation of officials, letter bomb training, assaults in the street as potential issues being ignored by the governing bodies?
Or in a nutshell
Did any of the 10000 fans who responded to the survey mention dissatisfaction at the manner in which the SFA and SPFL were handling the Rangers situation?
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Or to summarise the above
Did the SFSA sanitise the 10000 responses of their own volition or did they do so at the request of a 3rd party?
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There are stacks of angles  to the above which could be addressed by many of the fine posters who inhabit this blog
Whats clear so far is that SFSA are not a democratic organisation despite being in existence for well over a year 
Its also clear that despite their “plan” to eventually become democratic they are unfit in the immediate term to represent Fans concerned about the way the Rangers saga has been corruptly managed by the governing bodies 
Indeed their own manifesto specifically ignores the biggest scandal in Scottish football in living memory


Launch of SFSA Fans’ Survey
Early Warning
This post might be unpopular
But
I`ll stand corrected if I`m wrong 
IMO
If there is one thing suspicious  in all of this corrupt saga it`s the  convenient emergence on the public stage  of the SFSA in the last fortnight
 This self-appointed  body with apparently no funds is stuffed with self-appointed  politicians One of them at least  has been found guilty of having dirty hands. It has created a community company appointed its own Board and defined its own remit before its public launch. It doesn`t once use the words morality or integrity or fairness or corruption to justify its existence. It doesn`t even mention  a goal of being transparent to its members  It has  invited German football academics to tell their unelected Board what sort of questions Scottish fans  should be asked  about. It has went on to unilaterally approve  a bland  survey questionnaire that will consume a few months help dissipate the  anger of some  fans and tell us nothing we don`t know already.

The official SFSA top down remit will take years to completion. It smacks strongly of how the English Child Abuse Enquiry was set up years ago by politicians determined to protect politicians and their establishment allies. Its Terms of Reference were deliberately set so wide that many of the accused and their victims passed away before their case got considered. And that`s exactly what could happen here.
Or put more simply
It’s not an organisation claiming the simple  raison d`etre of upholding sporting integrity
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Survey Document
The survey document smacks of long term civil service thinking. It starts from the premise that things might actually be hunky dory, so let’s take the next few months to quantify  the “general level of disquiet”. This top down approach is a recipe for time wasting and switching off the members. It is frankly smacks of the sort of approach you would expect from Soviet era Trade Unions. The festering sore that is the Rangers tax case doesn`t qualify for a mention. SFA and Police management of  sectarian behaviour is ignored, Nothing is asked about how our corrupt governing bodies are paralysed about physical intimidation in football.how keeping the peace outranks morality. This is despite letter bomb training, street assaults and threats to torch a football ground. Most of all is the complete absence of an SFSA declaration of transparency.
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Corrupt SPFL Statement

Its early days for the SFSA
So far they have not commented on the SFA and SPFL Statement. Does their Board have no opinion?
Or
Is it because the leadership of the SFSA is well aware it is not a “Fan Elected Body”?
Meaning
It has no mandate to speak for its members. So they are obliged to keep quiet.
However, having no mandate also means they should not respond to any  appeals from our corrupt authorities to engage in private  discussions
It is clear that the governing bodies wish to avoid discussing the corruption crisis in terms of sporting integrity. Their strategy is moving the goal posts from integrity to legal mumbo jumbo. Their aim is to confuse the peasants. Their premise is that  limited knowledge of the judicial system will force the peasants into disgruntled forelock tugging compliance
Meaning
Move along peasant
If its legal and immoral then its ok 
If it’s against integrity  but within the rules its ok
Sometimes rules have to be bent if we think it’s necessary
Trust Us. That`s what happens in business
They forget that we peasants have simple minds. We see issues in terms of good and evil, right and wrong. We expect integrity to be the backbone of organisations who claim to be trustworthy.
Whats more worrying 
I would not be a bit surprised if the SFSA are  the first to be invited by the corrupt SPFL and corrupt SFA to come and talk to them in private about their forthcoming “Independent” meaning corrupt Review. Indeed they might even end up as “Representing the Fans ” on this stitch up.
That would be outrageous
 Unelected politicians one with dirty hands representing you on integrity issues with that lot
Summary
I don`t see the SFSA fulfilling the role of speaking for fans in the specific one off battle against  the corruption witnessed over the past few years.
In particular
The current un-elected SFSA Board may attempt to act in this role by cooperating with the so called SPFL Independent Review or try to subvert the timetable of the  Judicial Review that is currently gathering momentum
If this happens
it will be a sign that they see themselves as budding members of the establishment. People who are in cahoots with the corruption we are trying to root out.
And as for representing fans  to the governing bodies on any other issues.
The acid test  will be whether they replace the SFSA Board with elected fan representatives  BEFORE they have their first formal  meeting with the SG or football governing bodies.


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