Small Price to Pay?


My usual moan about the BBC. At the tail end …

Comment on Small Price to Pay? by upthehoops.

My usual moan about the BBC. At the tail end of Sportsound today they demanded that Hearts publicly explain the relationship between the Director of Football and the Head Coach.  Apparently Craig Levein was spotted passing notes to Iain Cathro at Pittodrie yesterday, as well as a rumour he was in the dressing room.  Hearts fans can make up their own minds about how they think their club is being managed but quite why Willie Miller, Michael Stewart, and Steven Thomson think they have a right to know the inner workings of the club is beyond me.  If Hearts were to release a statement tonight demanding to know confidential information from the BBC what would the answer be?

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WOTTPIMARCH 19, 2017 at 16:33   

UPTHEHOOPSMARCH 19, 2017 at 15:09You totally right.Cathro and Levein don’t have to explain themselves to anyone at this moment in time.
The club has embarked on a DoF / Coach arrangement and it would be daft not to expect someone of Cathro’s limited experience not to have some discussions with Levein re playing matters. Whether that is behind closed doors or in the full glare of an ongoing match, who really cares.  

I Don’t know whether you heard it or not, but I was genuinely surprised at how animated they sounded about it. It really was portrayed as a demand, not a comment. I don’t know what Cathro has done to upset them,  but they have been on his case almost since day one. I suspect Levein is the type of character who has given them short shrift in the past. It all seems very vindictive to me, and in my view there has to be something beyond purely footballing reasons behind it.  The same guys were utterly vicious about Ronny Deila last season while Mark Warburton was hailed as a genius. The revisionism about Warburton from them now is breathtaking.  He is on the bad guys list. 

To be fair to the BBC Tam Cowan on ‘Off the Ball yester day  did recall a time when it was rumoured SDM went into the Rangers dressing room to give the players a bollocking (possiby during the Le Guen period) and that this was of course portrayed, at the time,  as strong leadership and all for the good of the club.

If When Rangers appoint a Director of Football you can be sure of one thing. He will be portrayed as a man of integrity, somehow better placed than all others to make comment on various issues.  They certainly won’t have any issue with him going near the dressing room.  Not that they will report it even if they know. 

Small Price to Pay?
HOMUNCULUSMARCH 17, 2017 at 15:12 
UPTHEHOOPSMARCH 17, 2017 at 12:41======================================
I hope you don’t think I’m having a pop at you or anyone else who is using legitimate schemes to minimise their tax. I have no problem with that, I can think of no reason why I would.
However that is not what tax avoidance is. Even if people continually use avoidance when they mean management


No probs. I didn’t think you were having a go.

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HOMUNCULUSMARCH 17, 2017 at 12:04  
UPTHEHOOPSMARCH 17, 2017 at 10:29======================================
The point is that if people use such ways of minimising tax in the way they were intended that is not “tax avoidance”. Use of an ISA for example to save money without any tax obligation is not only legitimate, it is also encouraged.

A bit of a play on words if you ask me. I’ve seen it referred to as a ‘legal tax avoidance method’ on financial advice websites.  I quoted the AVC example only because I directly benefit from it myself while paying in, and will do so again when I take my company pension. 

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ALLYJAMBOJANUARY 2, 2018 at 11:07

Wow! I know we are not meant to put much store on the thumbs up or down, but two people have given thumbs down to this post! Who on earth could find fault with a post respecting the dead from the Ibrox disaster?


A bit puzzled at the thumbs down myself A.J, but there’s nowt queerer than folk as they say!

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On this day in 1971, the Ibrox disaster happened during a Rangers v Celtic game at Ibrox. 66 fans died in a crush. Some of us remember that day, some of us may even have been there, while some of us would not even be on this earth at the time. 

We are all football fans. Nobody should go to a football match and never return home. Rest in Peace.

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CLUSTER ONEJANUARY 1, 2018 at 19:27

“If they move out of Hampden, the SFA are in danger of leaving themselves hostages to Rangers and Celtic,” said Queen’s Park president Alan Hutchison.


I am a Celtic shareholder and if it was up to me (which it is not), I would tell the SFA here and now that Celtic Park is unavailable for any future fixture.  However I know that will not happen, but I doubt there is anything they could do to force Celtic to allow them use of the stadium.  

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ALLYJAMBOJANUARY 1, 2018 at 12:18

I see, too, that PMGB is issuing challenges, in two posts, to the Ibrox based boards to issue denials of what he is telling us.


I see it is alleged £800k is owed to suppliers. In my view unless any of it is due to a financial behemoth such as one of the big six energy suppliers, then we are unlikely to see any winding up requests heading towards court. It simply wouldn’t be worth the risk for any small supplier in Scotland to do that. Having said that I find it remarkable anyone is willing to extend them any sort of credit at all, or are they worried about the bully boys on that score as well?

I’m sure the SFA will want to satisfy themselves all is well though. I am also sure a herd of pink elephants takes off from Glasgow Airport at 20:00hrs tonight with the moon as their destination.

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Phil McG alleging a surveyor has recently visited Rangers training ground to attain a valuation, and that King has also approached a non-Uk Finance House. As Phil says this may well be King raising funds to make a share offer, but IMO it could be to raise working capital too. 

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