I wasn’t sure if I should write a piece on this, giving that the club I support has done all they can for the moment to have their say in the situation.
Dundee United were the second SPL club to publicly come out and confirm they would vote no to Sevco’s appeal to transfer the now defunct Rangers F.C. share in the SPL to themselves, allowing the newco to start their life in the top division.
Fan power throughout the SPL helped convince 10 of the 12 to vote no with the only exceptions being Rangers, who voted yes, and Kilmarnock who abstained.
But I have decided I will go ahead with this one, as I am a fan of football and a fan of the wider Scottish game in general
A memo to all SFL clubs, requesting their attendance at Hampden for a vote on the Newco was leaked today, and quite frankly, the contents of said memo were shocking at best.
You can find the memo here, on C4 News reporter Alex Thomson’s blog. I will refrain from posting it due to the size and Mr Thomson does a good job of articulating the issues, but it is definitely worth a read.
However, to cover it basically, it says the club will vote to allow the newco into SFL3 if they do so wish, unless the SFL Board can, and I quote;
negotiate and reached agreement with The Scottish Premier League and The Scottish Football Association on a series of measures which the Board shall consider to be in the best interests of the game, how it is structured, how it is governed and how it is financed, whereupon the Board shall be authorised to provide that Rangers F.C. shall play in the First Division of the Scottish Football League during Season 2012/13.
So to put it simply, David Longmuir, Chief Executive of the Scottish Football League, is now indicating that if the member clubs do not vote the way he would like them to, providing he and his cohorts at the SPL (Neil Doncaster) and SFA (Stewart Regan) can conjure up a plan, the clubs’ votes can be overruled and Rangers newco can be placed firmly into SFL1.
And believe me, this is exactly what those in charge of our game want. They have left it to the clubs to decide however if the outcome of the vote does not suit their agenda they can, and I believe will, overrule it.
In my eyes this is a huge concern, not only to the SFL member clubs, but to everyone involved in Scottish Football, the clubs, their employees and the fans.
Should this decision come to pass the way the SFA, SPL and SFL clearly want it to, the game will die.
The time is now to sort this situation out. The fans of SPL clubs played a huge role in the ‘No to Newco’ vote and now the fans of each and every SFL club needs to rise up and do the same, for the good of Scottish Football.
This is not about punishing Rangers, Sevco, their fans, their employees or anyone connected with these establishments, as much as some of the vile spewed from message boards such as ‘Follow Follow’ will have you believe. No, this is about saving the Scottish Game from the threat of corruption which runs straight through the its heart.
It should be remembered that football is a form of entertainment which we, the fans, pay for the joy of. We pay because we love the sport and because we love our teams. We are the lifeblood of the game.
It is now time to take our game back from the clutches of the people who claim to run it.
And one final point.
It is my belief that the positions of Stewart Regan, Neil Doncaster and David Longmuir are now untenable. Each one should now hand in their notice of resignation or otherwise face dismissal.
The charade has gone on for too long, lets put an end to it.