Friday, 1 October 2010

Pounds of flesh

 First published on the Sonstrust site as On the money again.

When it comes to football, it seems that money is rarely out of the news. The media focus right now is on the crisis at Dundee. But the SFL is also searching for new League Cup backers after Co-operative Insurance called time on their 12-year involvement with the competition, there are rumblings at Partick Thistle… one could go on. Over at Dens Park, manager Gordon Chisolm (who Sons fans will remember from his involvements at Clydebank and this weekend’s opponents Airdrie United) reckons an expanded SPL is the answer. But BBC journalist Jim Spence, who has been following the situation for many years, points the finger at another multi-millionaire investor and says Dee fans, who are being asked to fork out yet again, deserve better. The Club’s Trust, Dee4Life, are naturally putting out appeals to the faithful.

Here in Scotland we could really do with an equivalent to the redoubtable Dr John Beech, unpicking the threads and putting sense back into management and finance. While we wait for his next instalment, which concentrates on English clubs but has valuable lessons for lower league supporters here too, can I also recommend Wyn Grant‘s Football Economy blog. There’s plenty of useful news and info there – including basic financial data on a number of Scottish clubs.

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