Rebels? For not lying down and taking what Liewell has deemed must happen. This is what it’s like when he’s not on the board. So if the vote agrees to give ultimate power to Doncaster, can you imagine the consequences?
That's the bit that got me, Scottish football led the way.Considering in other countries its been successfully challenged, his stance is pathetic to say the least. The fact he says Scottish football led the way is genuinely hilarious considering we could be playing football again just now like almost every other European country...
He keeps going on about Hearts and Thistle holding a gun to the head of the SPFL,it is the other way round except Doncaster and the cabal pulled the trigger.To give emergency powers to this crooked bunch is totally bonkers.Doncaster and the rest should be chased down the road and replaced with totally independent professional people with no connection to any Clubs.Hearts and Partick Thistle £10m threat to clubs lost support and they might regret it if decisions go against them - Keith Jackson
The battle goes to the Court of Session this week and adds to the madness of Scottish football during lockdown.
Years from now when historians reflect on the Great Lockdown of 2020 they will see that Scottish football led the way as the true pioneer of this pandemic.
Records will show that the game in this country descended into a state of complete and utter madness long before the rest of the real world eventually caved in and lost the plot too.
It’s a scary place out there these days and some of the events of the last few weeks have been enough to make you wonder if there’s much to be gained from ever going out the front door again.
Certainly, the vein-popping insanity which has throttled the SPFL since March shows no sign of loosening its grip any time soon.
In fact, it will be cranked up again over the next few days as Hearts and Partick Thistle kick the whole drama into the Court of Session, having already issued the rest of Scotland’s clubs with a £10million relegation ransom note.
If they get their way we’re all about to be dragged back to the very start of this crisis and the decision to call time on a season after it had been infected by the same virus which has unleashed such suffering and chaos.
From Dundee and their mysterious flip-flopping to Neil Doncaster and his dubious back channelling, it could all be dragged back into the public domain like a recurring nightmare.
The trouble is, where there was almost unanimous sympathy back then for the plight of these two clubs, and for Thistle in particular, the mood around this new normal has taken a turn for the worse.
There are some clubs in agreement that the M8 alliance have been left with no option but to press the big red button.
But there are others, and plenty of them, who have been infuriated by the manner in which they have gone about it and, in particular, by the enormity of their demands.
The threat to trigger an interim interdict to prevent next season from kicking off as scheduled on August 1 has also raised the temperature significantly and contributed to the feelings of ill will swirling around the 12 top-flight clubs.
At 3pm on Wednesday, just hours after the preliminary hearing at the Court of Session, all 12 of them will dial into a video conference call to discuss the next step in Scottish football’s recovery.
On the agenda is a proposed rule change which would empower SPFL chief executive Doncaster and his board with emergency powers to act as they see fit should, heaven forbid, another pandemic force our game back into lockdown at some point in the future.
Over the weekend, Doncaster was also locked in fruitful talks with the Scottish government to secure permission for Premiership clubs to restart full contact training from this morning. That means the top 12 can now arrange pre-season friendlies between themselves while also advancing plans to get fans safely back inside their grounds as quickly as possible and turning on the tap of matchday revenue.
All the while, Hearts and Thistle continue to hold a gun to the game’s head over the manner in which last season was shut down.
It’s this refusal to allow the rest to focus fully on moving forward which is causing resentment to build and tempers to fray.
This is likely to dominate the conversations on Wednesday.
There is every chance that this uncertainty and rancour will all still be rumbling on in three weeks’ time when the SPFL holds its AGM to decide on the make-up of Doncaster’s board for the new campaign. There’s also every chance Celtic’s chief executive Peter Lawwell will be re-appointed to the set-up at that stage, replacing Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson as has become the customary summer boardroom job swap in recent times.
If that happens then Lawwell, who has kept his own counsel throughout this period of unprecedented unrest, will be dragged into the thick of the fight.
He’s unlikely to join in quietly or, for that matter, to feel much in the way of empathy for the two clubs most sorely aggrieved.
It really is a mess of gargantuan proportions and as the bad blood continues to simmer behind the scenes Scottish football’s dirtiest laundry may now be aired in full public view, assuming Hearts and Thistle’s lawyers win the argument on Wednesday morning.
If it is decided by Lord Clark that the case should proceed to the Court of Session the two rebellious clubs will feel their own actions have been largely vindicated, no matter how much anger they have caused among the others.
If, however, it is batted out at the first stage and Hearts and Thistle are ordered to enter into arbitration through the SFA instead, the whole basis for their claim will have been greatly undermined.
If the issue of a compensation claim somehow winds up going back to the vote of all 42 clubs then Hearts and Thistle would be as well standing outside and whistling for their cash.
There may have been a time and place for such a conversation.
Even the most myopic and self-interested of chairmen and chief executives could see the blatant unfairness of what was done to these two clubs back in March when football was stopped.
But much has changed over these historic, life-changing last four months.
What was once a cruel world is in danger of losing its mind. At least our game will be there to welcome it to the madhouse.
This bit really gets me. Sympathy? You fcking did this to them. As we're seeing around the rest of the world, we could have easily separated the money from the football and would be playing to a conclusion right now. These cnts have PUT Partick in this position, and now they're agahst that they're being questioned?The trouble is, where there was almost unanimous sympathy back then for the plight of these two clubs, and for Thistle in particular, the mood around this new normal has taken a turn for the worse.
‘The gun-to-the-head strategy being adopted by Hearts and Thistle seems increasingly bizarre and has infuriated clubs all over the country.’Is Neil Doncaster guilty of conflict of interest by offering SPFL legal adviser to clubs wishing to back the league against Hearts and Partick Thistle this week?
KJ: Not as far as I can make out. The gun-to-the-head strategy being adopted by Hearts and Thistle seems increasingly bizarre and has infuriated clubs all over the country.
GR: The timing and content of his letter to member clubs is so dubious and distasteful. Why was it sent? Do the SPFL need other clubs to bankroll their legal defence? Are they running scared? Looking for safety in numbers? They might be on the ropes on this one.
CS: It's hard to know what to think with all these things at the moment. We can’t wait for court battles and statements to be replaced by games and goals.
FW: I’m no legal expert but it doesn’t look good and has certainly fanned the flames of an increasingly bitter dispute.
He actually believes Lawwell's keeping his own counsel in all of this,does he not realise he's got puppets that'll do that for him. I don't know why he just doesn't join the Celtic view and be done with it. His Editor in chief doesn't come out of this smelling of roses either, allowing his rubbish to go to print.You can just tell that Keef is excited at Liewell interfering.
He believes what he is paid to believe.He actually believes Lawwell's keeping his own counsel in all of this,does he not realise he's got puppets that'll do that for him. I don't know why he just doesn't join the Celtic view and be done with it. His Editor in chief doesn't come out of this smelling of roses either, allowing his rubbish to go to print.
And Lawwell will be part of that board."On the agenda is a proposed rule change which would empower SPFL chief executive Doncaster and his board with emergency powers to act as they see fit..."
Saves them some time rigging votes, I suppose. An absolute omnishambles.