16/11/2013 § 4 Comments
Alas, a new manager at Hibernian. The club’s 10th gaffer since the Scottish Premier League began back in 1998. Now called the Scottish Premiership since the start of the 2013/14 season, it is Terry Butcher who becomes the latest football boss to walk through the Easter Road doors, bringing assistant and wily old fox Maurice Malpas with him. The pair elected to leave high flying Inverness Caley Thistle in favour of stuttering Hibs. But on the other hand, the signs are there that Rod Petrie and co in Edinburgh may have conjured up their greatest bit of business in years.
10/02/2013 § Leave a comment
As Scottish football brought in what is hoped to be another prosperous new year in 2013, Jackie McNamara would have found himself sitting with a similar heir of optimism. At the start of January, McNamara’s Partick Thistle side sat at the top of Scottish Football League Division 1, looking odds on to gain promotion back to the SPL for the first time in 10 years. Thistle were scoring goals for fun under McNamara, in his first senior job in management, preaching an openly attractive attacking style of play. Indeed all things seemed rosy enough that on December 18, 2012, the former Celtic and Scotland star was given an early Christmas present with an improved contract deal offered to him by Thistle chairman David Beattie. However, at times in life, you have to seize the moment, and McNamara may well have done that just as the end of 2013’s first month was concluded.
09/01/2013 § Leave a comment
News this week that Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher rejected the chance to head south for English Championship side Barnsley certainly seems to have a sense of irony about it. Having said that, it could also be deemed a rare act of defiance, and one in which was warmly welcomed in the Highland capital of Scotland. I, as many other Caley Thistle fans were I assume, was fearing the worst when Butcher was granted permission to speak to Barnsley.
23/12/2012 § Leave a comment
The Christmas dinner of 2012 will not be tasting so good for everyone involved and connected to Heart of Midlothian Football Club. Five days before Christmas, the Scottish Premier League announced that a current signing embargo placed on Hearts for non payment of players would be extended indefinitely. So, more financial problems down Gorgie Way? A sense of deja-vu arises once more.
I am not a Hearts fan, but every season I seem to end up expressing my sympathy for those who are. Hearts is a fantastic traditional Scottish club, with Tynecastle guaranteeing an electrifying atmosphere for SPL games every other week. However for too long now the club has had a financial dark cloud hanging over it that seems to be never ending. Every week Hearts fans must sit and wonder what the next piece of news is regarding money difficulties. The players undoubtedly must ponder whether or not they will be paid on time each month. The situation has once again turned into a complete and utter farce.