The Patience of Job But With Less Tribulation


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. tictactic says:

    Hi, great summary of the situation.

    I think you’ve identified exactly the way Hearts need to go. The tragedy (if that’s the correct word) is that other teams have learnt this the hard way since the early 00’s – including the Old Firm in this too.

    If you were to ask Scottish football “experts” pre-Romanov if it’s possible to usurp the Old Firm in CL qualifying, the answer would be a pessimistic unlikely.

    A £30m loan debt over the coarse of 7 years is an impressive sum, but even in Celtic/Rangers current financial state, that probably matches the OF expenditure. The Glasgow clubs have a much deeper infrastructure, better revenue streams, etc etc

    So surely it’s been nothing short of a disaster for Romanov? Set himself up for his own demise and now has to foot the bill. There’s nothing implausible about beating the Old Firm at their own game, not in this day and age of oil cash, but Romanov fell short.

    (Of course, if it was all a money-laundering exercise, then he may have the last laugh!)

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