When Parliament is in recess, which used to be in the summer before the current lot decided to make it a regular event, the mainstream media would find themselves pretty much printing anything to fill the spaces on their spaces.
When international football takes centre stage, given that most of it games are meaningless and dull, sports media enters something similar, known as the fucking ridiculous season.
Glasgow newspapers, for instance, are running with this one today….as though it’s news….
Ange Postecoglou shuts down Celtic exit talk as he tells
Leicester he’s ‘living the dream’ at Parkhead
The Australian has been linked with a move to the English Premier League but insists that’s not even on his radar as things
That, from the Record, is indicative of several outlets, and nowhere do they state that it was, in fact, these outlets that “linked ” him with the seasons first round of vacancies in the English League.
As Ange said ;
“It’s not really on my radar (Leicester interest). It’s a bit like our players, I keep saying to them that if they do what they do well, all this other stuff takes care of itself, whatever their ambitions or my ambitions may be.
“My ambition’s always been the same wherever I’ve been, to be as successful as I can. I’ve charted a course that’s got me to where I am today, I’ve just tried to do it to the best of my ability and opportunities arise from there.
“Right now, I’m at a massive football club, mate. I’m living the dream, I’m enjoying every minute of it, and I’m determined to bring as much success as I can to it while I’m here.”
In previous interviews, he has mentioned other clubs in the past who had expressed an interest in him, but had got cold feet when it came to the crunch.
He also mentioned the phone call with Dermot Desmond and his “I think I’ve got the job ” comment to his wife shortly afterwards.
He’s been given a chance at a far bigger club than he thought, and is competing at the highest level, in the first of what should be a regular occurence.
Unlike some others who have told us that they have become Celtic Minded, this guy strikes me as someone who actually has.
Yeah, he’ll be away one day, but to the dismay of our media, that’s not any time soon,
Which should tell us a lot about how our media works,
Here we have a genuinely intuitive manager who has brought attractive, entertaining and successful football to our game on the whole, which most of us see as refreshing, and our media want him out as soon as they can.
It will be interesting to see his long term effect on other clubs….will they take heed of his approach and try to copy it ?
Or will most teams still hoof the ball to a big man and turn our game into a spectacle resembling a fox hunt ?
When they’re not touting the manager for a move, they’ll pick on any of the players they think are beginning to show signs of unrest….Matt O’Riley came in for a bit of stick when he failed to swear allegiance for life to the club lately, with a somewhat blaise approach to questions about his future….similar reports emerged about Josip Juranovic.
Daezen Maeda will be next, you can guarantee something he says to the Japanese media will be lost in translation while he;s away on international duty…
Sure, we should be flattered that others are interested in our players, it means we’re doing well. And perhaps that attention is slightly skewed becuase, let’s face it, no one wants players from the other side of the river, although we do hear that their superstars Kent and Morelos are running down their contracts to get the best possible deal for themselves.
Like Conor Goldson did…….
Oh, that reminds me, something else from over the river emerged on Twitter this morning…..
One of their sponsors, Sportmenco or something bit the dust recently, and so they’ve been replaced on their shirts, with what looks like one of those patches you used to iron onto your jeans back in the day…..
Quality gear again, and with tales that Castore are now owned by Mike Ashley, there’s a real story in there somewhere for any enthusiastic journalist who wants to look.
Come to think of it, is there also something we’re not being told about full stop is how much Ashley got from them after the recent court case, and if elite and hummel are also preparing cases for breach of contract now a judgment has been made for Sports Direct…..
Would explain their blatant attempt to profiteer from a recent bereavement…..
Then again, perhaps it’s not quite the ridiculous season….. though you have to look at their own online media, in this case Rangers Review, to find the official line if you want to compare it to the mainstream.
Though I wouldn’t bother, they’re both exactly the same…. this is jonny MacFarlane in the Rangers Review….
We’ve all seen the figures behind the ‘£40m Champions League cash bonanza’ before.
These were mindboggling, club-changing numbers that could tip an entire financial model on its head and allow for serious speculation in the transfer market.
And that is what many thought Rangers were looking at when they knocked PSV out of the qualifying rounds to enter the Champions League proper.
If only it were so.
In reality, managing director Stewart Robertson points out the club may have to reach as deep into the tournament as the competition’s quarter-final to be certain of seeing such a return.
He said: “Some think the money has fallen out of the sky but it’s not like that because we know we will be in the group stages of the Europa League. That’s budgeted. The £40m number is just wrong.
“Unless we perform really well, get through to the next round, even get through to the last eight, we are probably not getting anywhere close to £40m.
“And we know the challenge in doing that because you are up against the biggest clubs in Europe. When you sit with Dortmund last year and you hear budgets are five times ours, I suspect we will have one of the smallest budgets in the Champions League this year.
“Against Napoli, I thought we showed we can compete. Take the Ajax game away because that was different. Everybody knows we can do better but you realise the difference between the Europa League and the Champions League in terms of quality.
“I hope people can now see (the reality). I think we should have done more to get that message out earlier.”
Rather than the game-changing £40m revenue boost, it turns out roughly half is a much more sober assessment of the gross revenues Rangers will likely accumulate.
But how did this happen? Champions League revenues have only been trending upwards over the years as it continues to capture the imagination of supporters across the continent and beyond.
The answer lies in a cash grab from top clubs that has seen a regressive model put in place to share what was previously a guaranteed £15m for each participating side in the market pool.
…and Robertson goes on to explain that the figures he was quite happy to proclaim his club would earn are not quite accurate, despite him being happy to go along with it after they overcame PSV, which incidentally is the subject of a new documentary entitled “How the fuck did that happen ? ”
“In 2021-24 the distribution model changed,” Robertson explains. “You get a base fee which is just over £13m, there’s an added element of the market pool, but it’s not a lot of money, maybe £1m or £2m which is based on the TV market compared against others. You also get a performance-based payment subject to how you do.
“What used to be the other big element of it was the market pool. They have changed it so that more or less half the money is based on your 10-year coefficient ranking. Because Rangers were down the leagues, we weren’t in it for five years then the sixth wasn’t great (the Progres Niederkorn year).
“So we only have four years’ worth of points and when you rank the 32 teams in the Champions League, we are 31st.
“Every position is worth €1.1m. So, as the 31st team, we will get €2.2m. If you are Real Madrid, who are number one, you get €36m.
“Back in the day the Champions League was worth much closer to £30m but now it’s going to be much closer, for us, to £20m. So there’s a big, big difference.
“I know people raised their eyebrows when I said us reaching the Europa League semi-final was the equivalent of us reaching the Champions League. That’s why, because you have all those extra games to get to that stage.”
I put it to Robertson that my tentative calculations suggest there is approximately £8m difference between Europa League and Champions League revenue. The managing director points out it’s even less than that.
“It depends on your co-efficient. For us it’s less,” he said. “There’s also an element related to transfer deals you do, some of the payments will be contingent on reaching the Champions League group stage. There aren’t many of those at Rangers, but there are a couple. Those tend to be one-offs but there are some costs that come out of it too.”
Such as soft loan repayments, court judgments, and what is a relatively new outgoing for those at Ibrox, tax and national insurance.
Mainstream, of course, handle it a little more forensically….. (Record )
Stewart Robertson reveals Rangers financial reality as he
dissects £40m Champions League figure
Robertson admits all is not as it seems with much of their Champions League cash already budgeted for.
Under the byline “Record Reporter “…in itself something of an oxymoron, ….there was analysis of the Rangers Review piece, gently delivered so as not to cause alarm…..
Realistic Stewart Robertson insists Rangers can’t get over-excited by their Champions League windfall – because a mega payday is far from guaranteed.
The Ibrox side came through a gruelling qualifying schedule and saw off PSV to reach the group stage of the competition proper and were landed a star-studded group with Ajax, Napoli and Liverpool for their efforts. So far they’ve shipped seven goals without reply ahead of an October double-header with the Reds, and Robertson admits competing with Europe’s elite has been a major challenge due to the financial disparity on show.
Qualifying for the Champions League handed Gers a major financial boost but the £40m figure touted was always likely to be an exaggerated estimate – with a figure closer to £30m the reality. In any case, Robertson insists much of the Euro cash had already been budgeted for as Europa League qualification was a given – and says they won’t be seeing the mega figures quoted on their bank balance unless they go deep into the competition.
As I said, a little more forensically.
It’s like that old story about the bent copper….who is handed ten grand, rings the staion to ask what they want him to do with the eight grand he’s got, He hands it in to the desk sergeant who checks with his superior what he should do with this five grand…..and so on.
Police Scotland, incidentally, have opened an inquiry into bottle throwing at Ibrox….
Which will take place as soon as they’re finished finding out who flung that one at Joe Hart in April….
Perhaps that’s a little unfair on our constabulary, who, in their latest recruitment drive, have decided to try something new…..it seems they are looking to employ decent, intelligent and conscientious people as officers, and it’s only fair we should give them credit for trying something new.
On a more serious note, thoughts and prayers go out to the original hunskelper, Murdo MacLoed, who is recovering in hospital after a heart operation….. get well soon..
Shall we have a caption competition ?
These delightful television personalities have been in the news recently, after they jumped the queue to see the West End production of that old favourite “What’s In The Box ? “…and as a result , have come in for quite a bit of criticism,
Even to the extent where a petition has been raised to get them the sack from their daytime tv jobs, well, Holly Willoughby at least, Phil Schofield, it seems is untouchable, despite his somewhat contentious approach to staff relations,
I was going to sign it, and noticed their own names seemed to have jumped to the top.
Anyway, that’s not them on their way to a day out at Alton Towers, but what is going on ?