Pushing pause for a while
You will have read the Aberdeen FC statement by now.
I thought it was good, agenda free and straight to the point,,the point being we have a projected 5 million shortfall, what now?
At least we have a solid figure out there to deal with, fairplay to them for the transparency.
But it does beg one hell of a question they and all will be asking,, what now?
The known knowns are we have one of the leagues bigger clubs declaring a 5million sized hole,, another that had previously announced they need 10 million to keep the lights on before all this malarkey began,, one with a bulging bank account to match the trophy room, and finally one that has offered half your wages or the door.
As for the intentions regarding the rest of the top flight clubs who knows, but there will be zero good news from them.
The SPL and SFA thus find themselves in a quandary. They aren’t responsible for their member clubs debt personally, nor do they have any obligation to accept its members debts upon disaster. They aren’t going to be paying the wages of club playing squads full stop, and quick back of a fag packet calculations would show they are likely to have nowhere near that amount of rerserves for the top flight league, and the rest would surely have their hands out at the time screaming blue murder.
It still leaves us with the what now question.
I expect a solidarity payment being issued draining the organization’s funds in the main but they should stipulate that actual playing staff are to be taken care of as a priority out of that sum imo.
However with no one else to turn to and the associations unable to cover costs, logic dictates we see closures of clubs. This is likely to be a substantial number.
Right this very minute many stand in limbo through no part of their own, and need strong leadership and new regulations to deal with this event announced asap to bring some degree of clarity. And a little sanity.
New regulations are a must here. Previously the only way your club died was through mismanagement, that’s out the window here.
A whole new unimagined scenario just presented itself and our governing bodies are finding themselves looking at uncharted territory,, through no fault of their own. They will never be held responsible for the cause, but they will always be for the effects on their members here.
Common sense actions would be,,,
No points deduction for going under due to the virus.
Should any club resume operations at a later time they shall be regarded as resuming existence and not a new club, all history will be intact.
There simply must be a degree of flexibility granted here, and member clubs can ratify if thats what it takes, but some common sense must be used rather than holding the existing rulebook up as Gospel. The head honchos should be announcing such measures asap rather than having boardrooms everywhere full of already worried folk thinking their beloved club is about to die ( for the first time ever ) under their watch. All while they and everyone have huge real life issues staring them in the face!
That burden needs lifted, leeway needs granted.
Clubs need a way to push pause on their existence right now, not a straight choice of you live or die.
They must be offered that option.
The above is by Mahe. If you’re cooped up behind the keyboard why not hammer out an article for all and sundry to get their teeth into. We would be more than delighted to publish it. firstname.lastname@example.org
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