Three Shakes … and a Twist


Chris shields (@chrisshields10) says: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 10:37 Anyone who …

Comment on Three Shakes … and a Twist by thebasharmilesteg.

chris shields (@chrisshields10) says:
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 10:37

Anyone who thinks that (S)DM would enter into a business transaction of such magnitude without knowing who he was dealing with

Exactly! I’ve always maintained that Murray’s knowledge of the Scottish business world is encyclopaedic and he knew all about Whyte and his previous track record of insolvency, disqualification etc.

If basket-case FC was really that bad why did even someone like Whyte want to get involved – didn’t he do due diligence? So the only remaining question is – was Whyte a willing or unwilling patsy? If the latter then that might explain last week’s interview and release of the Duffgate tapes.

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Three Shakes … and a Twist
“May you live in interesting times” is said to be an ancient Chinese curse. I have the feeling that the next few days are going to get “interesting”. When RTC states that “this is unfolding as we would expect” then it could be very interesting indeed.

Re CGs media burst yesterday with Rangers-friendly outlets – was this a pre-emptive damage limitation exercise prior to the deluge of bad publicity that will surely follow the FTT result? Presumably Charlie already knows the bad news and that this will torpedo his scheme, so he’s doing the best he can to can rope in a few more gullible punters. One last rallying call to the beleaguered defenders before the barricades finally fall?

Three Shakes … and a Twist
Top comment from Humble Pie – this could have been an article.

As to the “banana boat” reference, if you can forgive an interjection by someone who was born and brought up within the sound of the St. Nicholas kirk carillion, I heard once that a banana boat on the Clyde was in fact the nickname for a dredger, the chain of buckets being something like a banana in profile. The inference being that a crewman on a dredger never got further than the dumping ground, and was therefore more gullible than a real seagoing salior who had been to foreign ports. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Three Shakes … and a Twist
It is now clear that there were serious flaws in the administration of old-basket –case FC. Failure to achieve the CVA should have seen the remaining assets of the business sold to the highest bidder, failing that they should have been split up and sold piecemeal. But in effect it seems the assets were sold to the lowest bidder, the worst possible deal for the creditors. Ibrox, Murray Park and Albion car park must be worth more than £5m even at today’s property prices for the locations concerned. Surely the creditors have been badly served by the process? Lord Hodge MUST now rescind the sale to Green to ensure the creditors get some kind of decent return.

If that happens then for me, it would take away the bad taste of new-basket-case FC’s fast track into SFL3.

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Spot the difference?
How does one report a perceived offence under the Insolvency Act?

Let’s say I became aware of someone taking up the post of Director, or having a substantial influence on, a successor company bearing an almost identical name (let’s call it “newco”)and involved in the same trade as a company which has gone into liquidation (let’s call it “oldco”) when that person was a Director of the oldco right up to the point of liquidation.

There have been many posts on here stating that this cannot be done without the leave of a court. How does a concerned citizen then report this. Who is the enforcing authority?

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It’s the club that has to have the Nomad.

Does it? Is a Nomad a speciality position coach or a physiotherapist?

I thought it was a public limited company listed on the AIM market that had to have a Nomad.

Silly me!

I obviously know nothing and have been getting my club and company as confused as Neil Doncaster does.

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If the coronation in absentia goes ahead tomorrow the Blue Brazil fans have a great opportunity on Saturday –

“Who’s your Nomad, who’s your Nomad,
Who’s your Nomad, Mr King?
Ye havnae got one, ye havnae got one,
Yer not an FPP, Mr King!”

Spot the difference?
All the talk of King (and if he does so much jetting could he come and jet the moss off my drive?) and FPP tests, AIM rules etc has ensured that a statement today by the world’s second greatest football administrator, Mr Doncaster, seems to have passed us by without comment. So I will make one.

Here’s the great Neil in the Herald on the subject of summer football, just opposite an interview with ‘well’s Alan Burrows where he (Burrows) makes encouraging noises on this subject:

“Summer football is seen as an impractical suggestion because of the length of the Premiership season, to need to avoid a clash with World Cup and European finals every two years and the desperate shortage of available dates because of Uefa’s insistence that top flight domestic games are not held on the same midweek nights as Champions Leagues (sic) ties.”

So let’s just think for a moment about these points in turn.

Length of the season – If there are twelve clubs in the league, fixtures will occupy the same number of weeks whether played over summer or winter. Summer football would mean fewer fixtures disrupted by bad weather, frozen or waterlogged pitches.

Clash with World and European Championships – well Neil we have to qualify first. How long ago did we last do that? If we do qualify there can be a work around, other Northern European nations seem to manage. Maybe it’s time we imported some administrators from there, at least they may have a “can-do” attitude.

Clash with Champions League ties – just tell me how many Champions League matches are played in May and June? Even by April and May it’s the quarters and semis, surely that leaves as many midweeks free as unavailable. Once again less need for re-arranged fixtures, so less need for midweek games anyway.

I wonder if Mr Doncaster has ever sat in the South Stand at Pittodrie in December or January, shivering through a 15 minute half-time (I don’t remember voting for that one either). It must be nice to sit in the Director’s box in your sheepskin coat and go down to the Board Room for tea and a sandwich halftime. In exchange for his salary, expenses and hospitality at the expense of the paying spectator, all he can come up with are pilot schemes for alcohol and standing, even then admitting that won’t make much difference. Sorry, isn’t he the man who is employed to make a difference?

The arguments for summer football are well known so I won’t repeat them here but what chance have we got with attitudes like his?

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upthehoops says:

February 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm
Looks like Stuart Armstrong and Gary MacKay Steven will both be Celtic players tonight. There will be arguments about weakening the opposition, but at least the money stays in Scotland.

Obviously the Parkhead bench must be getting cold again.

Meanwhile according to Auntie Beeb “Rangers are hopeful of concluding loan deals for four Newcastle players before the midnight transfer deadline in Scotland. Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic, Kevin Mbabu and Remie Streete are the players involved. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has recently agreed to lend Rangers £10m.

And half a team by the sound of it…”

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