Dunfermline Athletic Likely To Be Saved… But At A Price

Ian

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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3 Responses

  1. NumberNone says:

    Small correction: I believe there is an automatic 10-point deduction for entering administration in the SPL. It’s only in the SFL (in which Dunfermline, of course, play) that ‘nothing is set in stone’.

    It is indeed a tragedy to see players and staff lose their jobs, with no real prospect for the players getting another club until June. A tragic mess.

  2. dan says:

    The problems at Dunfermline have been ongoing for years. However their ceo John Yorkston was very fond of ranting about, and lecturing other clubs in the past who have had this trouble. He had strong criticism of ‘cheating’ Dundee when it happened to them. He was keen to verbaly put the boot into Rangers last season as well. He’s been strangely quiet in recent days!
    As for Mr Masterton, he fell into the trap that others such as Dundee and Motherwell had fallen into, a trap unwittingly set by the supporters themselves. Pressure builds from supporters that not enough is being done and money needs spent to achieve some degree of success. With the prospect of dwindling crowds and personal criticism, owners then lose what bussiness sense they had and spend money that cant be afforded in the long term trying to chase success and satisfy supporters. Any success is short term, the crowds dont really grow much and the money dries up. Then supporters blame the owners for financial mismanagement!
    As for the punishment, they will likely have a 25-30 points deduction like Dundee, but enough to relegate them. They wont be relegated to the 3rd division as happened to Livingston. Their administration happened in pre season. Relegating during the season would cause chaos to the league regarding points etc. Hopefully Dunfermline will become supporter owned and now live within their means, but then again………

  3. dan says:

    The problems at Dunfermline have been ongoing for years. However their ceo John Yorkston was very fond of ranting about, and lecturing other clubs in the past who have had this trouble. He had strong criticism of ‘cheating’ Dundee when it happened to them. He was keen to verbaly put the boot into Rangers last season as well. He’s been strangely quiet in recent days!
    As for Mr Masterton, he fell into the trap that others such as Dundee and Motherwell had fallen into, a trap unwittingly set by the supporters themselves. Pressure builds from supporters that not enough is being done and money needs spent to achieve some degree of success. With the prospect of dwindling crowds and personal criticism, owners then lose what bussiness sense they had and spend money that cant be afforded in the long term trying to chase success and satisfy supporters. Any success is short term, the crowds dont really grow much and the money dries up. Then supporters blame the owners for financial mismanagement!
    As for the punishment, they will likely have a 25-30 points deduction like Dundee, but enough to relegate them. They wont be relegated to the 3rd division as happened to Livingston. Their administration happened in pre season. Relegating during the season would cause chaos to the league regarding points etc. Hopefully Dunfermline will become supporter owned and now live within their means, but then again………

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