I don’t want to trivialise any addiction issues by going to a tangential point, but I can’t avoid picking up on this from the article.
“When I’d the chance to go to Stoke City as kitman three years ago, the then-Morton chairman Douglas Rae effectively doubled my wages, and so I’d more money to bet with.
“But I’m not for a second blaming him or anyone else. The mess I was in was all down to me. I was a typical punter, always thinking the next big win was around the corner. I got in trouble a few years ago and the club paid my debts and took the money off my wages every week.
The move to Stoke being offered was actually reported in summer 2014 but he says three years ago, so either way we’re looking at some time between 2014-2016.
At a time when we were hardly spending at the rate of the McInally era, when we still had annual threats of part-time football if we didn’t all bring a friend, when we were continually being reminded of the need to reduce the debt, the club decided to double the wages of the kitman to stop him leaving, rather than allowing him to then replacing him with someone else on the same wage. That’s a serious approach to sustainability.
This football club, honestly.