Donkey Dave was punted after a 1-1 draw at Hampden (the one with the red-stripe haired QP fan in the Ton end).
His replacement was Cowboy, whom we took from QP, was shown the door after a 2-0 defeat at Ayr, with Joe McLaughlin's interim management ending after a 1-0 defeat at Stair Park.
As mentioned by JB - Moore left after a 5-1 defeat by Livi. Davie Hopkin managed for three whole games after this, managing one goal for and eight against, technically the worst record of any Morton manager (not counting the single game defeats under the likes of Collins or Clark).
Ian McCall was locked out at the end of a season as part of a budget saving exercise by HS.
I've been out drinking many years ago with the QP fan in question, actually a nice guy, if a bit mercurial. But I remember that game because Craig Coyle was doing his best Gordon Banks impression while McPherson stood motionless, arms crossed, on the touchline. It was 1-1 going on 10-1.
Hope it costs them more money and the suspended part of the fine should be enforced if they continue to pursue and lose.
Margaret Lang wasn't permitted to represent Falkirk in the original hearing as she was also a witness for FFC. I wonder if the SFA have the same rule? I kind of hope they don't because she seems massively stupid and out of her depth.
I'm away out for an hour, when I come back I expect Raymond's pied a terre in Glasgow to be the property of Morton, and Zak Rudden to be tasked with its conversion to the Alex Williams Presidential Library and Bookmakers.
Any rubbernecking Falkirk fans reading this can **** off as well, all your legal posturing has been absolute s***e from day one and your fiscal ownage at Greenockian hands is only halfway done.
I'd still like to know why he wanted to leave in the first place.
He was on the lookout for something better than the one-year deal he was on. A bigger club who were likely to spend big on fixing the disastrous Hartley appointment had a vacancy. His agent told Falkirk he wanted that job and could go there for nothing. Falkirk jumped at it and had a two-year deal on the table. Ray wanted a two-year deal to replace what was around 10 months remaining - probably on less money - at Cappielow. A complete no-brainer, and had Falkirk operated in a non-snake fashion (and Ray done likewise) the end result would have been either a new job for Ray at Grangemouth, or an improved deal for Ray and his team at Cappielow. Instead he snaked it and ended up getting the better deal, but at significant cost to his reputation and his new club. Wee shame.
At the outset, it should be acknowledged all at Morton acted appropriately and throughout the process have been honest in their representations. Compare this to Falkirk and our previous management team, who have been rightly outed as dishonourable liars who confessed to ignorance of both contract law and the SFA rulebook. As clear a ruling as the fans could have hoped for and one that highlights Falkirk as a club are devious manipulators of the truth - in hindsight they are welcome to McKinnon who the Tribunal stated offered evidence that lacked any credibility. The fine may not be at a penal level but appears a fair reflection of how the system works. The next step should be a clear statement from the Board that at a minimum they intend to pursue Falkirk and McKinnon for compensation for breach of contract and associated costs.
Correct. And I hope that this rouses Crawford and Warren a bit. They did the right thing by raising this with the League and seemingly conducted themselves superbly throughout the investigation. They have been vindicated. So hopefully this gives them the jolt they need to finish the job.
I thought that as well. And he did have a point where he said he was only offered a one-year deal for a 3-year plan. We could've even offered a 2-year deal with clauses depending on position/performance and been able to bin him if things weren't going well, cheaply.
An alternative view: the snake used this as justification after the fact for looking for a job elsewhere. Managers in Scotland very seldom sign on for more than 2 years. It beggars belief that he really thought he was effectively not under contract because Crawford had a "three year plan" and Ray was signed on for only the first of those.
You can indeed make a case for offering him a longer deal in the first place, but the idea that he had a point for breaching his contract is simply not true.
His agent, Jim Sherry, is also a lying snake but a particularly stupid one
Margaret Lang at Falkirk seems to be a bit of a lying snake but moreover just a thick ditz ("She didn’t know the terms of the SPFL rules that were of relevance but said that a lot happens in football that is not contained in the rules.")
But more importantly...
Crawford Rae - contray to some post earlier in the thread from people who really should have known better - did NOT give Falkirk carte blanche to nick the manager for free, but rather said that he was going nowhere without compensation.
He was quite understandably blindsided by all of the lies taking place around him, Falkirk's lack of knowledge and concern for the rules around approaching contracted staff, and that everything was taking place behind his back. That he didn't have a top-down view of everything going on was in fact inevitable, such was the subterfuge from Jim Sherry in particular and the lies from Margaret Lang.
You can say what you like about Crawford's conduct since Ray's departure - undoubtedly it was a real punch in the gut for him - but the Tribunal is quite clear that Crawford (and Warren, in fairness) were credible witnesses who had contracted McKinnon and Taylor correctly and acted in accordance with that at all times.
100% of the fault - not 99%, but 100% - lies with McKinnon, his agent, and Falkirk FC. And they have been punished and fined by the League accordingly.
So, that's the league got theirs. It's our turn now. Now we need to take Falkirk to the cleaners to get the compensation to which we are entitled, and the evidence supplied here by the SPFL tribunal will help with that immensely.
Either that or Falkirk can get the checkbook out without having to go through the legal system.