Quite a weekend for the fitba’ with St Johnstone qualifying for the Europa League and SPL deciding not to ‘kick out the jams’.
Of more interest to this blog though was the result from East End Park Dunfermline where the home side failed to overcome Alloa’s 3-0 advantage from the first leg of the play offs and thus were relegated to the second division.
A big deciding factor in the Pars’ plight was the 15 point deduction they received for going into administration. The main reason for this was that for years Dunfermline have overspent in a vain attempt to maintain SPL status.
Dunfermline boss Jim Jeffries doesn’t see it like this. In a radio interview after the game I heard Jeffries brand the points deduction as ‘a disgrace’ and recommending that the people who made the decision ‘hang their heads in shame’.
Jeffries has always been a bit of a dour, ungracious sod but this takes the biscuit. Personally I’m delighted that a seemingly well run part-time club has taken the Pars place in division one.
That is where the future lies for clubs at the intermediate professional level in Scotland. Living on the credit card and binning the bills when they come in hasn’t worked in the past. In the reality of the current austere financial climate it ain’t gonna work any time soon.
So Mr Jeffries, when you’re looking for people to blame for your club’s plight, cast your eyes and your thoughts towards the boardroom at your own club.
The 15 point deduction was fair. Dunfermline spent money (in industrial quantities) they didn’t have in trying to seek unfair sporting advantage over their neighbours. Now they are paying the price (sic) for that.