Inequality In The Workplace

Morning,all.

Don’t panic,folks. I’m not about to get up on my soapbox and make the kind of political statements that my Dad and plenty of others did on our behalf all those years ago. Well,not quite. 

I’d prefer to discuss inequality from a slightly different angle,being a simple fact that there is no game without an opposition,and certainly not one without the grassroots structure to support it. Yet,inequality is rife. Of course the best in their field should be suitably rewarded-“after all,we are not communists!”-but is there really any justification for a system when the rewards for some so greatly outweigh the rewards for the great many,especially where it simply boils down to eleven men-or women-against another eleven?

Look at last Saturday as just one example. Celtic against Buckie Thistle in The Scottish Cup. This is the oldest competition in the game bar the FA Cup,and we are the proud holders of the record of most wins in the competition. I’m still unsure of the actual attendance on the day,though I have seen it suggested at around 40,000 which would be a phenomenal turnout in such conditions. 

Yet well below our normal attendance,even if that is hardly surprising. 

But to put it in perspective,that number of people is about twice the annual gate for Buckie’s home matches over an entire season-and the income from this match alone earned Buckie around twice their usual annual turnover. The only fair part about this is that the away side receive 50% of the profits from the match,which sounds fair when you consider that they provided half of the playing personnel. 

Such income parity from matches is the norm only in cup matches. For league matches,the home club scoops the pool while the away club are left with only a bill for their own expenses. I’ve always considered that to be unfair,but I always considered the original 50/50 split to be unfair. Why should smaller clubs benefit from the expense and effort of the larger clubs in expanding their stadium and support base?

As always,there is a happy medium,a balance that can be struck-but as always there is no agreement on what that should be! My own personal opinion is that an 80/20 split is fair on both sides. It will not reduce the income of the largest clubs by a hugely significant amount-Manchester City’s matchday income last season was about 10%of their overall income-but it would make a huge difference in %age terms to the income of the smaller clubs. 

This in turn would lead to a much more competitive league,which is what we all want-isn’t it? And not just in Scotland,but throughout Europe too. Last year’s Deloitte rankings have just been released,and sadly football’s bubble shows no sign yet of bursting,even as it continues to eat itself. There were FOUR clubs who declared a turnover in excess of €800m,with Real Madrid leading the way. This is even more of a shock when you consider that Real had a very poor season by their standards and were playing in a ramshackle alternative stadium while the Bernabeu was being renovated. 

The other three clubs were PSG,City and Barcelona. Now,we are constantly reading in the news about the effects of FFP/FSR/PSR,and I am glad to see that these tools are finally being used. I find it hilarious that Newcastle United,after years of stagnation under Ashley,now find themselves in a position where they can be called the richest club in the world-yet are looking at offloading their best players to meet the new enforcement! 

But I do find it very unfair indeed that these regulations have mainly been used up till now against the smaller clubs,with the likes of Derby,Wigan and Reading being particularly hit. Or currently,moving up the food chain,only Everton have been “done” and it is only themselves and Forest who are currently being charged. Yes,I know there are no fewer than 115 charges outstanding against Man City,but to dive into jargon for a moment,these have yet to crystallise. Because the authorities are bricking it from the consequences!

But let’s look again at that Top Four,shall we? It’s well known that Barcelona and Real received unauthorised local and regional government financial assistance whenever required over the years. 

“What’s that? Yer €500m in debt. Again? Bollocks. How about we buy that strip of waste ground beside your training facility for that amount,you can have it back at a peppercorn rent in perpetuity.”

An apocryphal  tale,no doubt. And this site doesn’t deal in rumours,even if that one has more legs than a mass hatching of crabs on the beach. What is not apocryphal is the source of wealth for both Man City and PSG. At about the same time and from similar sources too. Both clubs were languishing as also-rans in their respective countries,and rarely heard of in Europe. Each was bought using funds from the oil-rich Gulf. And how they gorged on those funds,making hay while the sun shone!

Quite right too,even if they knew it couldn’t last. It was obvious that “something would be done” to curb these excesses which were distorting the markets and inflating fees and wages. Most of the clubs in Italy went bust trying to keep up! But when something was eventually done,and not before time,it was too late. 

PSG and City already had the blocks in place to become the superpowers that they now are,and are capable of turning over the sort of income that almost everyone else can only dream of. And are very unlikely to repeat-because of the regulations brought in to stop what City and PSG had already achieved from happening again! The equivalent of me shooting everyone I don’t like and taking all their assets,then watching everyone plan to tool up against me just as a ban on guns is introduced. Hardly fair,is it?

So that current Top Four have got away with it,are best placed to benefit from their ill-gotten gains while doing so,and everyone else is caught in the trap that was brought in far too late to snare them in the first place. And we come back to Buckie Thistle,who still provide their eleven plus substitutes on an annual turnover scratching six figures,but who are every bit as important as Barca or City. Because you need two sides to make a match. And it’s not much of a match when the cards are stacked against you as they are in The Beautiful Game. 

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 12:07 am

Good news,folks! We’ve finally stopped the procrastinating and cleared the obstacles,so we can now proudly go ahead with The Sentinel Celts Charity Drive.

The plan is to nominate a charity which we can all donate to as and when each of us have funds available to do so. CHALMERSBHOY has already managed over £200 via the winners of his monthly £10 charity bet from the SC Naps Competition,and will continue to do this. We also have the three big racing festivals at Cheltenham,Aintree and Royal Ascot where we will ask for voluntary donations to enter.

We have had two weeks to nominate our chosen charities,and the lucky winner will be the benefactor of our generosity for the next six months.

From Jan 25-31 I will list the nominated charities,and everyone who contributes to the site can vote on them,with the winner announced on Feb 1st. They are-

MacMillan Cancer Care

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/

The latest additions to the roster are Blood Cancer UK

https://bloodcancer.org.uk/

MS Society Scotland

https://www.mssociety.org.uk/get-involved/fundraise/stop-ms?&utm_campaign=2023M2005_8504&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA75itBhA6EiwAkho9eyEWeKSkxfBsfcFPR09DUwYRIuQZ2PW1jVmcCjsFStJ9t_hTYvgkphoCzPgQAvD_BwE

Scottish Charity Air Ambulance

https://www.scaa.org.uk/

Transverse Myelitis UK

https://www.brainandspine.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/BSF_Transverse-myelitis-A5-booklet.pdf

SCIAF

https://www.sciaf.org.uk/

The Halliday Foundation

https://thehallidayfoundation.org.uk/

St. Margaret’s Hospice

https://smh.org.uk/

Trussell Trust Scotland

https://glasgowse.foodbank.org.uk/

If I have missed any which should be on the list,please let me know! Vote wisely,vote early. But please,vote once and once only.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 12:07 am

Template letter for everyone to send to their MSP by Jan 31st below.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 12:08 am

Dear MSP

I am writing to you to ask that you consider supporting the cross party motion that has been raised by Ben Macpherson MSP and detailed at

https://www.parliament.scot/chamber-and-committees/votes-and-motions/S6M-11073

to be taken in the Chamber on Wednesday 31st January.

I believe that Scottish Football is in desperate need of reform and this is a not to be missed opportunity to enhance our national game by having external oversight of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) on the lines of a Regulator as has been proposed in the most recent SFSA Review of the Game.

The Review calls for openness, transparency accountability to replace secrecy and a place for ordinary fans in how our national game is run – details can be reviewed here

https://scottishfsa.org/fans-review/.

In respect of the SFSA Fans Review of What Scottish football needs (Item 14 on Page 15) that states

14 Achieve a root and branch reform of the governance of the game, with a remodelled SFA and a democratic means of working for the SPFL

I would like to draw your attention to three areas of concern that support the need for the Scottish Government to support and then pursue further action on the Enhancing Scottish Football motion.

Cost of SFA misgovernance to the Tax Payer.

1 . The SFA are the same establishment along with the SPL whose gross mishandling of the Rangers 2012 financial crash set up a series of nightmarish future scenarios that along with tax evaded by the unlawful use of EBTS have cost Scottish/UK Taxpayers around an estimated £100 Million. As a taxpayer, I believe the Scottish Government has a responsibility to taxpayers to ensure this cannot happen again by introducing a Regulator whose job is to ensure that the SFA operates as it should not only for football but also in respect of its wider responsibility to the community of Scotland.

Restoring Sporting Integrity Lost to Scottish Football in 2012.

2 The SFA is the establishment that was party to the secret 5-Way Agreement undermining the integrity that football requires to be a sport. A secret agreement that UEFA never saw and appears to conflict with UEFA rules designed to protect the integrity of UEFA competitions.

Surrender of SFA Power to Govern.

3. The SFA are the same establishment that, in May 2020, abandoned their own ‘Judicial Panel Disciplinary Tribunal’ looking at a possible breach of UEFA Rules in 2011 regarding overdue payables to HMRC. This is where the SFA lost all authority to be governors of Scottish football when they dropped their own disciplinary process and chose not to involve the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS) to restore sporting justice to our game.

I look forward to seeing you back this important motion.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 12:09 am
BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 12:09 am

JOBO POTY competition

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INIQUITOUS IV
January 26, 2024 12:20 am

Great article, Bobby. Honestly don’t know how you consistently overcome writer’s block. Very impressive. Switches my attention from me moaning about our damp squib window.🤣. And I can just imagine CCB on a soapbox!😊

Looking forward to tomorrow’s Ange-Pep tussle. Could be a doozy. As for our Asian Cup absentees, here are their upcoming fixtures.

Australia vs Indonesia – Sunday at 11:30 am GMT
Saudi Arabia vs South Korea – Tuesday at 4:00 pm GMT
Bahrain vs Japan – Wednesday at 11:30 am GMT
HH
Iniquitous IV😊

Madmitch
January 26, 2024 12:37 am

BMCUW

SC — the ties are one off with a potential replay.

Consequently the away team has to get a share of the gate — their might only be one game.

Leagues — sset of games / season’s worth of games are arranged both home and away.

You spend the resources to develop your ground / the home fans spend the money in most cases so why share the gate money?

League scenario — the home games are the only thing a club owns in that scenario.

For us that means we have the season ticket money.

If football moves to a PPV model — we have a difficult fight coming up.

Season ticket money vs PPV revenues.

Broadcasting deal is shared — big earner in this is our away games.

Home games — we have the ticket revenue.
Away games — we pay SKY.

New model — with individual clubs.
Some home revenue share for PPV availability of the corresponding away games?

SKY — out of the picture.

Margaret McGill
January 26, 2024 12:38 am

Bobby
Great article
You always impress although in this case a little missing the point.
I would say the following.
Footballs focus from its inception to the 90s was income from fans. ( biscuit tin).
Technology facilitated an emphasis on TV as the focus of football money changed. Hence, all the restructuring we saw in our lifetimes starting in the 90s mainly with SKY (cable TV).
I mean who gives a fuck about PSG
I mean who gives a fuck about Spanish and European taxes subsidizing Real Madrid
Today its influence from hedge funds and criminal oligarchs whomever they may be.
Russian boo hiss
Middle East yeah
America hmmmm
TBH I hope it all goes up in flames
As it will
Just a question of when

Auldheid
January 26, 2024 1:12 am

Bobby

The long spoons allegory and video I’ve posted a few times applies.

https://youtu.be/e4lI8e33U2A?si=zB3bUucgZ3If5AYy

My answer rather than split gate money was to increase UEFA Solidarity Payment and reduce CL prize money to clubs.

The principle being without opposition there would be no road to the CL gold.

UEFA have gone one better by increasing the Solidarity Payment but used higher income to pay without reducing what CL participating clubs get.

Before TV what a club earned came as a result of their location and population in that location. I think this contributed to the idea of what I spend (in cash) on my team will have to go over my dead body to be given to my rivals.

TV broke free of that natural location barrier but did not touch the over my dead body thinking.

A subscription to a TV broadcaster is not shared directly with the geographical rival and gets spread more widely with no complaint.

The very word gate sharing brings out the over my dead body resistance.

That is where the long spoons allegory can play a part in recognising the reality that without an opposition to play there would be no game to watch, making the idea of gate sharing a starter rather than a no no.

Imagine every game was a potential points dropper for Celtic and R2ngers.
The consequent uncertainty could see the title being decided on the last kick of the ball.

A whole new ball game.

Madmitch
January 26, 2024 4:38 am

BMCUW

Big bucks T/O — you need stuff to sell / you need demand from people wanting to buy.

Our issue is that local demand is not enough.

AP gave and his growth agenda gave us hope.

Leggy
January 26, 2024 7:56 am

Good morning all,

Excellent article Bobby 👏👏👏

With Greg Taylor injured, does anyone think we’ll bring in reinforcements this window ???

Nah, me neither ………

Anyway,

Hope to catch a few old, and new posters at the Shipbank today, 12 Noon onwards 🍺🍺🍺

And as Judy proudly sings

” We’re off to see the Shippy,
the wonderful Shippy of Booze 🎶🎶🎶🎶

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 8:16 am

LEGGY

Hope y’all have a ball,and please say hi to the troops. Can’t help wondering though if a booze cruise will still be the same without BIGRAILROADBLUES,the captain of your ship.

Suggestions that your ship is a tanker are bang out of order!

Leggy
January 26, 2024 8:44 am

Cheers Bobby,

El Capitano , aka, BRRB will be in attendance today and has promised to keep everyone in check !!!!

( Oh my gawd 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 !!!!!!!!!!! )

The Gombeen Man
January 26, 2024 8:51 am

BMCWPs,

Thanks for this morning’s article BMCUWPS.

Everyone is trying o grapple with the changes to how football’s finances work.

It’s entirely understandable that there is much confusion out there. There’s also plenty of vested interests, seemingly using the media to push their narrative.

The Deloitte report can be misleading.

It’s a mistake to solely concentrate on revenue. That’s only part of the picture.

Without going into too much detail let’s look at what’s happening in Spain.

La Liga use a salary cap, to try and limit spending.

‘The salary limit in LaLiga is the maximum, total amount each club can spend each year. It varies between clubs according to their vastly different revenue levels and the overall health of their books.

La Liga salary limits 2023/24 – Who can spend what?
https://laligaexpert.com/2023/09/26/la-liga-salary-limits-2023-24/

‘The exact process of calculating each team’s figure is a complicated business. Essentially, the salary cap in LaLiga works by ensuring clubs that have got themselves into financial trouble (such as Barcelona and Valencia in recent years) and have built up large debts, will see their spending limits slashed, even if their annual revenues are higher than other clubs who are in a better state overall.’

To free up the books big clubs and leagues across Europe have gone to the pawn shop. That’s inflated revenue figures in France and Spain.

– They’ve done a Ticketus.

It’s also contrary to what UEFA will allow as income under FSR. Selling off the family jewels for short-term money is recorded as debt under FSR not revenue.

Take Barcelona for example they opted to sell off a portion of their future earnings, in exchange for cash up front. The most significant deal has seen them agree to sell 25% of their LaLiga TV revenue for the next 25 years, raising over €500m in the process.

A further €200m has been raised with the sale of a 49.9% share in a club-owned merchandising company – Barcelona Licensing and Merchandising (BLM). While another €100m has been generated after selling a 10% stake in the Barça Studios production house to blockchain-based platform Socios.com.

Throw in a new four-year deal with Spotify which involves both shirt sponsorship and more controversially naming rights for the stadium and Barcelona will make another €280m over the next four seasons with President Joan Laporta referring to it as “the best sponsorship agreement in club history”.

A combination of the Spotify deal and the so-called “palancas” (levers) have helped the club ease the short-term debt problem.

Atlético sold off 33% of the club to raise funds to pay off debt. They’ve also slashed costs. That’s why they are they are able to put in the offer for Matt.

Real have been cutting costs and at least on paper, they are in a better position.

La Liga eased domestic restrictions to try and encourage movement in the transfer market…

https://www.espn.co.uk/football/story/_/id/37926689/barcelona-given-transfer-boost-laliga-change-ffp-rules

So, clubs are forced to comply with domestic rules in France and Spain. The Spanish and French leagues have sold off the family jewels to raise cash.

On top of domestic rules there’s UEFA’S FSR.

That process is contrary to what’s allowed under UEFAs FSR.

In England there’s the FA’s Financial Fair Play regs. FSR for clubs participating in Europe and the probability of a government Regulator.

Thankfully we’ve not overindulged.

Cash is king atm.

It might be worthwhile looking at what’s happening at Ajax, Benfica and to a lesser extent Porto.

Bawheid
January 26, 2024 9:21 am

Bobby, to cheer you up! Bertie’s Lisbon Shorts.

The bags were packed, the large hampers too, filled with the players personal items like hair gel for Tommy Gemmell’s quiff and Bertie’s brushed back scalp, sun tan lotion for big Billy’s sensitive skin, tooth guard for Jim Craig’s perfect teeth, golf clubs for Stevie Chalmers and Faither’s relaxation. Was there much room left for that iconic short sleeved hooped jersey, the all white socks and the white shorts with the hand stitched number and the polished boots?
Those white, green numbered shorts that gave you instant knowing of who that player was, an iconic strip for an iconic team. All packed up and delivered to Glasgow Airport accompanied by excited players, trainers and manager, history awaits.

Like Jock Stein, Bob Kelly knew that that Celtic team was going to create footballing history, a TV production team also went to Lisbon as well as selected Newspaper men and photographers, like the Lens man from Girvan John McEwan. Cigar smoking John of the Evening Citizen and ex Daily Express, was selected to take all the photos of the team after the final whistle in the Celtic dressing room, he would be the one who took the pictures of the players celebrating and quaffing the champaign in the bath, like your background photo of Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers. Big John always said that this was the highlight of his career, an experience never to forget.
As a thank you Bertie Auld gave him his famous number 10 shorts, all the players signed his shorts and so did the manager
Jock Stein. Bobby Murdoch – Bobby Lennox – Billy McNeill – John Hughes – John Fallon – Stevie Chalmers – Jim Craig – Ronnie Simpson – Joe McBride – Jock Stein – the other ink signatures are fading but will forever live in our hearts, the men that won the big Cup and paraded it around Celtic park.

John McEwan treasured those iconic shorts and eventually they were loaned by his family to Celtic football club and were displayed in the boardroom for years. In a fitting tribute to Bertie Auld when he passed, the club displayed his Lisbon shorts in the club foyer along with his picture, his white travelling kit bag, a couple of old style Celtic scarfs and a small sized European Cup.
Bertie Auld meant so much to the Celtic support, he was like the Broughter Hoard a Celtic treasure. His smiling face and instant patter brought a big grin from those he met. Like his team mates he created football history and Lisbon is etched deep inside the DNA of every Celtic supporter.

The Gombeen Man
January 26, 2024 9:22 am

Auldheid,

Thanks for finally grasping the nettle and conceding that financial redistribution is a concept that appeals to you

Reform of the governance at the SFA/SPFL is only one element of policy at the Scottish Football Supporters Association.

The smaller clubs and their supporters want more money.

Is a unilateral stealth tax on supporters of Celtic (and presumably Sevco) the way to go?

Have you done your sums? Or is this guess work? Have you looked at different scenarios and probable impacts?

Has this been discussed with Celtic?

How this will work really needs to be explained to Celtic and Sevco supporters. There’s a feeling at the moment that we are being sold reform of the SFA without really being told what the implications of SFSA policy are.

Have there been discussions at the SFSA of exactly how their concept of financial redistribution will work. Or are you merely putting a toe in the water?

If we take BMCUWPS of 20% and a ballpark of £7m a year reduction in revenue at Celtic.

How would this fall in income be addressed?

1)Increased prices,
2) Reduction in costs.
– Redundancies, player sales, lower wages.
3) Growth, broadcasting rights, European football, commercial activities?

The changing landscape of European football present a better prospect of financial growth for Scottish clubs as opposed to a stealth tax on supporters of Celtic and Sevco? Look at the improved numbers at Hearts.

As FSR and other financial measures begin to take effect is the picture possibly beginning to improve for clubs from smaller countries?

Celtic and Sevco take far less from broadcasting rights than their competitors in England and Europe. The model of income distribution from tv in England is unusual. It gives an equal share to clubs. Others don’t.

Do you think that Celtic and Sevco would in all probability walk away from the broadcast deal?

Governance and management at SPFL clubs has/is poor.

There can be no question of any debate about income redistribution until governance at clubs is markedly improved.

– Income redistribution really needs to be agreed and implemented at European level to have any long term consistent impact.

Just a few quick thoughts.

Do the numbers

Till later.

Jobo Baldie
January 26, 2024 9:53 am

Good morning friends and a Big Happy Friday to all who post or lurk on this fine site.
Just one more sleep till the warm up act of Kwons Saints try to put us in a happy mood as The Champions prepare to take to the 3pm stage. I am confident that we will have extended our lead at the top, even if that’s only in relation to goal difference.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 10:16 am

BAWHEID

Bertie was,is,always will be

A LEGEND!

A term bandied around far too easily nowadays,but rarely is it more accurately applied than to this great man. For he was so much more than a great player,the steel in a side full of silk,he was a great man too.

It must be around a decade ago,and I’m sure that nobody will mind me repeating this tale of just how great a man Bertie was.

I was a regular on CQN at the time,through which I made many great and lifelong friends. Not all of whom are still with us,sadly. A CQNer,resident in the US,informed us of the dreadful news that his son,barely 30yo,had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. And we all know just how that disease affects the victim,I can think of few worse than that. His request was if anyone knew of a Lisbon Lion who would be prepared to visit his son for,say,a week just to cheer him up a bit and ease his suffering.

Of course,one name sprung to mind immediately. Bertie. None better in such a situation,and he would be all the more willing to go,given that he had not long lost his best pal Jinky to the same disease.

Sadly,I had no way of contacting Bertie,so I said nothing. Even though I knew someone who certainly did,it was not my place to say. That someone was known as The Barca Mole. Though resident in The Philippines,Franny was a regular visitor and counted the likes of Bertie and Big Tam as good friends. I flatter myself to consider myself a friend of his,but we certainly made every effort to meet up when he was over,and his phone calls from The Philippines cost me a ungrudged fortune every month!

Sure enough,Franny called me the following morning,berating me for saying nothing. We decided that I should ask RWE for his contact details while Franny would contact Bertie-who,of course,was only too happy to help. He would even bring Evan Williams along,both for the company and also for his own part in the double act. I would be the go-between,taking calls from Bertie and mailing RWE as the trip was planned.

This,naturally,meant that I was fortunate enough to hear some of Bertie’s repertoire,little of which is repeatable here. Those calls were far from brief,but they were always far too short nevertheless. Sadly,the trip had to be cancelled due to Bertie’s wife falling ill,and he felt so guilty about it you would not believe. Even though there was absolutely nothing to feel guilty about an unforeseen and insurmountable problem like this one.

Undeterred,Bertie decided to do the next best thing. He phoned young Tony twice a week for many months until his illness became too severe and advanced. Even though Tony could offer little in physical response,everyone around him knew the mental and spiritual uplift he received from every call.

I know too,as do many of us,that this was not untypical of Bertie. He was a man,for example,who would still be signing autographs and chatting away to the punters long after his hosting duties at Celtic Park were long finished.

Etc,etc,etc.

A man for whom the word legend could have been coined.

Bawheid
January 26, 2024 10:33 am

Bobby – Bravo and the same to the Barca Mole. I always treasured Bertie Auld, it wasn’t just his skill and steel on the park, it was his golden heart that you have captured. Apparently his son put up Bertie’s match worn shirts for sale, who knew what a collector Ten Thirty was, it was reported that collectors from all over Europe phoned in to bid on some of his iconic shirts. But just as important his son donated some of the money raised to Kilbride Hospice, that to me summed up Bertie. Not just an iconic football legend but a man with a heart of gold. Thanks for sharing that. Did it work? did it cheer you up to recall that experience? I’m sure that it did. Football politics is extremely important, but football itself can make a big difference to communities, that’s sometimes lost in the scheme of things. Well done you and Franny.

Bada Bing
January 26, 2024 10:45 am

Klopp to leave Liverpool at end of the season

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 10:47 am

BAWHEID

You have no idea how much it cheers me up just to think about that. And I know how much it meant and still does to RWE and his family,for I have been fortunate enough to be invited to their family occasions a few times since.

I was only the go-between,the heroes of that tale are everyone else in it. And I think of them often.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 10:49 am

BADABING

Wow,that’s a shocker!

St tams
January 26, 2024 11:17 am

Excellent article Bobby and very informative.
It was reported that Newcastle would struggle to get to where they wanted to be, because of the financial rules and their turnover wasn’t big enough.
I was speaking to a Newcastle fan over new year.
He was telling me that Ashley gave them a deal on their season tickets , where the price was fixed for 10yrs.
He has one of the best seats in the stadium and next season he expects the price to treble

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 11:27 am

ST TAMS

Wow! That’s a boot in the baws for sure!

Auldheid
January 26, 2024 11:43 am

TMG

I’ve been advocating financial redistribution using UEFA Solidarity money as the means for a number of years.
There is no at last about it. The long spoons video I have posted regularly.

I saw it as a way of avoiding the over my dead body notion I mentioned in my earlier post.

I could not see the idea being adopted by Scottish Clubs for the same reason and thought it would have to come from UEFA. So I was pleased to see my rationale was well founded.

It’s common sense really.

Bada Bing
January 26, 2024 11:47 am
Bada Bing
January 26, 2024 11:57 am

Bayer Leverkusen said they won’t stop Alonso if he wants to go to Liverpool

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 12:55 pm

BADABING

Apparently another of Alonso’s former clubs are looking at him too. Bayern. And I would expect Real to be sniffing about too.

Bada Bing
January 26, 2024 12:56 pm

I think Klopp has told Liverpool to get Alonso before he went to Bayern

Bada Bing
January 26, 2024 1:02 pm

A couple of MLS teams after Kobiyashi

McCaff
January 26, 2024 1:09 pm

Sacrificial Lamb Eastender and Bra Supremo Michelle Mone and her man have had £75 million worth of assets frozen in the investigation into the PPE scandal. The wee burd fae Glasga is an easy target for the Old Tory guard!
I bet her and her man are feeling a right pair of tits at the moment!!

Prestonpans bhoys
January 26, 2024 1:24 pm

Good grief Klopp is the leading news on BBC lunchtime news 🫣🙄

Mike in Toronto
January 26, 2024 1:30 pm

I dont see Klopp as a Real type … or Real a Klopp type Of place. Would a Dortmund guy take over at Bayern? Players maybe … but managers? Klopp? dont see it.

Alonso seems more of a Real type. Maybe he does one more year in Germany before moving to Madrid.

The Germany job seems the perfect fit for Klopp if he needs less of the daily grind. But I can see Barca looking to make a switch, and the lure of the Canp Nou could be very hard for a coach like Klopp to resist.

Probably get shortst odds on Germany job, but if the odds were good, I might have a bet on Klopp landing at Barca next season

Fan
January 26, 2024 1:33 pm

Did Celtic and BR know of Taylor’s injury before allowing Montgomery to go on loan?
Either way is Scales considered as cover?
Shame our glorious balance sheet is unable to fill in at left back.

McCaff
January 26, 2024 1:37 pm

Fan…is Bernabei injured or are we just dismissing him as the first reserve Left Back?

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 26, 2024 2:55 pm

MCCAFF

Well…

You’ve seen him play.

St tams
January 26, 2024 3:04 pm

McCaff
I think the majority of us are dissmising Bernabei.

McCaff
January 26, 2024 3:10 pm

Yeah guys, but he’s still the only reserve LB we have. I doubt Scales will be moved from CB and Montgomery has apparently pulled a hammie at Motherwell…Bernabei it is!

INIQUITOUS IV
January 26, 2024 3:17 pm

BMCUWP
Wonderful post on Bertie. Met him a couple of times in his pub in Lanarkshire. Think it was called the Buccaneer. An apt name for the Maryhill maestro.
I remember watching him play against AC Milan. The Italians showed him a huge amount of respect by backing off him to mark other Celts any time he had the ball. He was a superb football player with an unforgettable persona.
HH
Iniquitous IV

INIQUITOUS IV
January 26, 2024 3:22 pm

I’m assuming with 5 days to go and BR saying “nothing is imminent” that the biscuit tin is welded shut inside a safe, somewhere in Fort Knox.

As a witty poster on another blog said, “If the Board blow the league this season, we’re gonna need a bigger car park.”

Auldbhoy67
January 26, 2024 3:26 pm

Wonder what price I can get on the leg end sorry legend of Stevie G to Liverpool…… after all the SMSM had him set up for it. Hmmmmm.
Probably less than us signing a couple before the window ends.

Bada Bing
January 26, 2024 3:39 pm

No other signings ,so wait till end of the Window to announce CCV new deal? ……..will be like signing a new player…….classic stuff.

Craig 76
January 26, 2024 3:42 pm

fan
January 26, 2024 3:45 pm

McCaff
The lesser spotted Bernabai?
I was sure he was just a figment of my imagination.

Bada Bing
January 26, 2024 3:57 pm

Right on cue,CCV new deal announced

McCaff
January 26, 2024 4:05 pm

The timing and the reasons for the CCV announcement might be suspect but its a fine, fine piece of business.
We should make a right few quid in the summer when him and Matt go!! 🤑🤑🤑🤣🤣🤣

Leggy
January 26, 2024 4:19 pm
Leggy
January 26, 2024 4:19 pm

A great afternoon with some fine Bhoys 💚💚

McCaff
January 26, 2024 4:52 pm

Leggy…it looks like the ‘before’ pictures of the Green Room for a Stars In Their Eyes Care Home Special!
Cannae wait to see the ‘after’ pictures!! 🤣🤣🤣

Billy Bhoy
January 26, 2024 5:53 pm

I wonder if BR might go 3-5-2 tomorrow with the absence of GT who, lets face it, is almost never actually in the LB position! We could line up with CCV, Scales and Nawrocki at the back leaving a gap to play an extra .midfielder who otherwise be sitting on the bench.

We could play either Abada or Kuhn alongside Kyogo.

I’d rather that than play 4 defenders against a one man strike force – assuming Ross Co actually field a striker!