Towards a More Professional SFA


Auldheid, you say “Well I think it fair to say that …

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Auldheid, you say
“Well I think it fair to say that the Scottish Football Association (SFA) has never at any time in its history been held in such low regard by their ultimate customers, the football supporters, without whom there would be no SFA.”
You and I (and I guess almost everyone on here) would agree that in reality the ultimate customers of the SFA are the fans.
However I get no sense that the SFA identify the fans as their customers. As essentially a members’ club, they see their members (the clubs and associations) as their customers.
That is a structural issue, and I don’t have any easy answers.Here’s a difficult solution, though.
I would like to see the SFA effectively abolished, and replaced by a professional supervisory body, funded by some sort of levy on gate receipts, perhaps, and staffed by properly recruited people, preferably with no “history” in Scottish football. OK, I accept that on paper Reagan fits the bill, but I think he rapidly “went native” in the pernicious environment he found himself in at Hampden, surrounded by Ogilvie and his cronies. That is why a completely fresh start is needed. And preferably located away from the West of Scotland bubble. Maybe Perth?
Such a supervisory body should have as its guiding principle the good of Scottish football at all levels, and central to that should be the involvement of the fans.
Corporate governance of such a body would need a lot of thought, but why not a not for profit Community Interest Company, with a supervisory Board having club, association, and fan reps in equal numbers? I’m sure others can come up with better suggestions. Why not look at how other sports and other countries organise these matters.
One thing is certain- the stus quo is not an option.

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Towards a More Professional SFA
goosygoosyMarch 29, 2017 at 15:54
When the ST sale is over either the MD or the 3 Directors or all 4 will leave IbroxMy money is on all 4 going
You are right. Whatever the internal divisions at Ibrox, every effort will be made to present a united front until the maximum number of season tickets have been sold. The money from those season tickets is the lifeblood of the company. Any significant  shortfall would be fatal, in my opinion.
Everybody involved (apart from the MD) is in too deep to let this fail right now. Even on the most cynical view, if they all shut up and play nice for a bit, then a good few million in the bank at least offers some hope of an exit with dignity (and more importantly, bank balance) intact.
So why rock the boat before the money comes in? Although I suppose King’s deadline for a share offer will shake things up in a couple of weeks, one way or another.

Towards a More Professional SFA
From Companies House -Park, Murray and Gilligan resign as directors of TRFC.

Towards a More Professional SFA
Hoopy 7March 27, 2017 at 11:43   
In my opinion King is going down and will not care whom he takes with him.
I don’t know about going down, but all the signs are that he’s getting out. Here’s a wee snippet from Level5’s latest press release- sorry, “Union” Jack’s latest laughable puff piece- how could I get mixed up like that?

King admitted that he could step down from his boardroom position once Rangers was back on a ‘certain footing’ and allow a ‘local chairman’ to take over. Even if that was the case, his status as the largest shareholder would still give him a considerable voice in how Rangers are managed.

On the share price manipulation point, I seem to recall that after the promised Nomad failed to materialise, some angry shareholders were said to be of a mind to report matters to the police, and specifically the perceived share price manipulation.
However that’s two years ago, and I would have expected some action by now.

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Resolution 12 & The Broken Bond
The Celtic Board have a huge shareholder majority behind them regarding any actions they take, or don't take. The Board can argue convincingly that any financial loss suffered by Celtic over the Res12 issue, is more than compensated for by the continued existence of a football environment in which the PLC makes pots of money.

That football environment is predicated upon the continuation of the "Old Firm" at any price. Part of that price (in the Board's view) is allowing the deep corruption at the heart of the SFA to continue unreformed. 

I am not an advocate for any of this, far from it. I walked away years ago, over Ogilvie's enthronement for a second term as SFA President, unopposed by Celtic. That episode, forgotten no doubt by most on here, was the writing on the wall for me.

Everything that has happened since  has confirmed me in my view that the Celtic Board have no intention whatsoever of rocking the boat. I can understand why. But it sticks in my craw, and always will. 

Honesty has no price, in my world. To say that Celtic were totally unaware of the contents of the 5 Way Agreement? Sorry chaps on the Board, but I'm not buying that one.

These days I watch St Roch's when I can. That's football for me now. A breath of clean air.




Is Regan a DIDDY?
This is worth a read on the Morelos transfer saga- apologies if already posted.

Is Regan a DIDDY?
I see that Sir Walter is being touted for the Scotland manager vacancy. I can fully understand why the deadly duo of Jack and Jackson are pushing this so hard.
TRFC are (as always) in some financial difficulty, despite having a squad containing galacticos in the £8m bracket. They need to get the paper value of that squad even higher, to encourage the Real Rangers Men to come forward with donations (sorry, loans). Their children’s inheritance will seem so much safer if the club has some valuable tradeable assets on its books.
This is where Walter comes in. A few international caps can do wonders for the value of even the most pitiful dumpling. Just watch, as caps are doled out to every player in the TRFC squad who has a Scottish qualification. Look on in wonder as TRFC squad value is doubled or trebled in a matter of months.
That’s the plan, folks. Desperate men, desperate measures, and all that. Shame about the better players edged out of the Scotland reckoning, an even bigger shame for the Tartan Army, who will see any prospects of Euro/World Cup qualification go up in smoke.
By the way, I agree entirely with Homunculus regarding JJ’s latest. Whether true or not, it is a disgraceful piece. 

The Elephant in the Room
From Twitter. This made me laugh on a cold winter morning


The Elephant in the Room
I may be wrong but I understand the loans to be viewed as money taken from the company
I may be wrong but I understand the loans to be viewed as money taken from the company –HMRC Guide 1. OverviewA director’s loan is when you (or other close family members) get money from your company that isn’t:a salary, dividend or expense repaymentmoney you’ve previously paid into or loaned the company– please advise?
That HMRC advice relates to the common situation where directors borrow money from their company. Here RIFC (or TRFC?) has borrowed money from its directors.

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