Day: November 11, 2011

The Friday Picture: Bonus Paid Content

The football blogosphere’s latest big topic is the issue of making certain content available to subscribers only. It’s a bit of a hot potato. But it’s one which Dotmund fears is likely to snowball into football at large. Then again, he is a bloody idiot (although he does occasionally get paid for his pictures).  Click for full-size There’s more completely free content from Dotmund here, or you can follow him on Twitter here. Follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter...

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BBC Scotland, Rangers And Craig Whyte

It hadn’t been Rangers’ best week. On the Monday, they lost two directors down the back of the corporate governance sofa, including “Mr. Rangers”, John Greig. And three days later, the BBC broadcast some people saying not very nice things about owner Craig Whyte’s business dealings. Either side of BBC Scotland’s documentary Rangers: The Inside Story, Whyte threatened legal action over allegations it made – whilst counter-alleging a BBC institutional anti-Rangers bias – and joined the queue of football people suing the BBC, just behind West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who “is going to sue” them… since 2006. Yet history has been kinder to the documentary than to Whyte, and worth revisiting, especially for those who hadn’t watched it when Whyte threatened legal retribution – a group which included Whyte himself. Rangers: The Inside Story promised revelation, as the true extent of Rangers ‘situation’ has been a recent, piecemeal, discovery. It was an interesting, if melodramatic and flawed programme which concluded that Whyte’s future business strategy could also be ‘interesting’, if the bits of his past the BBC could find were a guide. The documentary was presented by Mark Daly, BBC Scotland’s ‘investigations correspondent’ and winner of as many Evan Davis lookalike awards as his mantelpiece will allow. Daly charted the parallel ups-and-downs of Whyte’s business and Rangers’ football fortunes since 1988. The latter included a larger-than-expected array of...

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The Patience of Job But With Less Tribulation

There exists no such concept of the comfortable silence when it comes to football in Edinburgh. One week, noises out of Tynecastle note the length of time it has been since senior squad players last saw pounds deposited into their bank accounts, and the next week these same players are finally paid but rumours of a January firesale for them run rampant. In between, Heart of Midlothian fail in their endeavours with the local council to expand and renovate the existing stadium while manager Paulo Sergio escapes his disciplinary hearing in Hampden with only a warning but faces new charges after his conduct during his side’s loss to Kilmarnock 29 October, thus extending the club’s media blackout further. It seems Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov has something interesting to say every week, so with him there will never be anything approaching silence of any kind regardless of the media ban. Perhaps, though, a bit of deliberate reflection is in order to adequately assess where the club goes from here. For Hearts, everything begins and ends with Romanov. While the beginning of his ownership went well by him saving Hearts from going homeless and later financing the squad that split the Old Firm in the final league table of the 2005/06 season, his expected rate of return on this investment in Scottish football has yet to be realised, and his recent actions (or inactions) has demonstrated his frustration. There have been...

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