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SET UP FOR A LET DOWN

Peter head boss McIn ally be­lieves failed re­con­struc­tion only show show self­ish foot­ball is

- BY CAL­LUM LAW Sports · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Peterhead F.C. · Peterhead · Scottish Professional Football League · Scotland · Partick Thistle F.C.

Peter­head man­ager Jim McI­nally be­lieves Scot­tish foot­ball has let it­self down in re­cent months.

Hearts and Partick This­tle tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against the SPFL in a bid to over­turn their rel­e­ga­tions is the lat­est twist in a tur­bu­lent three months for Scot­tish foot­ball.

Since the coro­n­avirus pan­demic re­sulted in foot­ball be­ing stopped in March there’s been a mis­han­dled vote to end the 2019-20 sea­son, which even­tu­ally passed.

Re­con­struc­tion was dis­cussed with the aim of en­sur­ing no team would be ad­versely ef­fected by the cam­paign be­ing cut short.

How­ever, no con­sen­sus could be reached with one fi­nal pro­posal of 14-10-10-10 re­jected last week and now le­gal pro­ceed­ings have started.

McI­nally, Scot­land’s longest serv­ing man­ager hav­ing man­aged the Blue Toon for al­most nine years, be­lieves it’s been an em­bar­rass­ing pe­riod for foot­ball.

He said: “Scot­tish foot­ball has let it­self down mas­sively, right from the start.

“We needed strong lead­er­ship and guid­ance. Look, every­body has been thrown into tur­moil to a cer­tain ex­tent, but we still didn’t get it.

“But af­ter ev­ery­thing that went on over the last few months for only 16 to come out in favour of re­con­struc­tion to 14-10-10-10 shows how self­ish foot­ball is.

“It’s prob­a­bly go­ing to get even more ruth­less go­ing for­ward be­cause of the teams that have been scorned.

“If re­con­struc­tion is ever men­tioned again who knows how that’s go­ing to play out be­cause peo­ple have got long mem­o­ries and the di­vi­sion sur­round­ing re­con­struc­tion will only deepen.

“For the teams that have been rel­e­gated – es­pe­cially Partick This­tle with their game in hand – it’s not right.

“Scot­tish foot­ball had a chance to make things OK but we didn’t do it.”

With clubs of­ten shown to be di­vided in re­cent months McI­nally would like to see a change in how de­ci­sions are made.

He would ad­vo­cate ei­ther giv­ing the head of the SPFL the power to make de­ci­sions or putting an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of peo­ple not con­nected to clubs in place to deal with the big is­sues.

He added: “For me go­ing for­ward I think some­body’s got to be given the power to make de­ci­sions.

“Whether it’s Neil Don­caster or an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee some­body needs to be given the power.

“I think the SPFL af­ter what’s gone on over the last few months need to al­ter how de­ci­sions are reached.

“Why not put an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee in place to make the big de­ci­sions and take it out of the hands of the clubs.”

 ??  ?? NOT IM­PRESSED: Blue Toon boss Jim McI­nally says Scot­tish foot­ball had a chance to make things right but ul­ti­mately didn’t do it
NOT IM­PRESSED: Blue Toon boss Jim McI­nally says Scot­tish foot­ball had a chance to make things right but ul­ti­mately didn’t do it

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