Down the Livvy
The news LivingstonFC don’t qualify for a Euro licence is another ‘you’ve gotta be kidding moment’ of the type the Scottish game seems to specialize in.
Not that I’ve any particular love for the club, but finishing top six while taking some bigger scalps during the journey, should rightly be considered a huge success for that club.
Given his background, it would also be a huge achievement for their manager, propelling him onto the manager of the year podium, I think we all know who will get that particular gong so a podium position is the best available, but yet a great feat in its own right.
Yet all that good work may not reap the rewards due, surely much to the heartbreak of Livvy fans who must be ecstatic at their fantastic season. And this during special circumstances where a certain amount of laxity is granted due to Covid meaning it must be really bad to get publically flagged.
This raises huge questions.
Would their overachieving manager have possibly known he may not enjoy Europe should he reach those positions? If not, his position is untenable.
When was Livingston’s board aware of the fact a Euro licence may be refused and were they thus duty bound to inform employees?
We know another club essentially survived the season on directors loans, is Livingston that much worse, and do all clubs receive equal, non biased scrutiny?
What does the SFA do during the season in order to ensure clubs can comply with licensing criteria?
What is the point of the TWO governing bodies who have failed the ordinary supporter of Livingston FC at this time?
It’s worth noting those honest chaps at Hampden didn’t just feel confident enough to simply slide the licence application over no matter what state the accounts were in.
Could this be a sign of improved scrutiny on our national association? Maybe, but forgive for being skeptical.
More likely two bent applications would be one too many, the privileged blind eye is reserved for their precious team in light blue.
Is it another example of one rule for whichever club is playing out of Ibrox and one rule for the rest?
Certainly looks that way.
I’m curious what the Livingston support come up with now, being the primary victims. A sack the board campaign looks obvious, but their chairman was prepared to give a half million interest free loan to get the club through the season, showing some type of connection with the club.
Given their debt is historical, it might not be at all fair to punish those who aren’t responsible for the mess but are genuinely trying to fix it.
It’s a dilemma.
But the fact remains an overachieving manager breaking into the top six may be denied Euro entry, so it’s now incumbent upon every SPFL team to not find itself in that position as top 6 could be one good appointment away, couple good signings away, around the corner at any given stage. Managers must do their due diligence in order to avoid this scenario as much as possible. The negativity that comes with a squad and fanbase denied their just desserts will be very hard to shift, and should the squad head into next season in the same financial boat I posit they won’t bust a gut to reach the same if not better final position, the motivation will be gone.
Not long ago there was a rumour of some well heeled fans buying a lowly lying professional club solely for the purpose of getting access to UEFA and the inner machinations of both domestic bodies.
As fascinating as that venture sounds, what does it say that the ordinary fan may actually have to cough up and organize some type of justice themselves through a meandering route?
Imagine Annan Athletic for instance presenting Uefa with Res12 and the 5WA and asking for their official opinion?
Imagine the popularity of said club within the game and the wider community,,it’s true fans would probably be mortified yet this is what it’s came to for those seeking a way to force the game to tread a better path. Circumventing the traditional routes in order to get in the building, then knocking the big bosses door to ask long awaited questions.
Just how many different fan bases will those who are paid to police the entire game utterly fail before the clubs themselves say enough?
Or are these tax funded crooks with job titles just something everyone has tacitly accepted as part of the game?
The game has gone down the lavvy under Hampdens watch, Livingstone just the latest in a long list of failures.
We’re all aware of some Celtic fans saying that’s enough, I wouldn’t be surprised if most top flight clubs had a large number of discontents contemplating the exact same thing.
Empty Hampden and fix football has never sounded so good.
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