Having now listened to part 2, I still don't think that Tidser is a particularly evil or bad guy, but he's really talking some measure of nonsense about Falkirk. He criticizes Crawford quite a bit, most notably for not offering him a contract when he knew that Falkirk were going to make him a pre-contract offer. But Falkirk's pre-contract offer was void upon their relegation; we did offer him a contract after that, but he complained that we did so late in the day.
Now, it's not the fact that he criticizes Crawford that bothers me here. It's that when discussing the way in which Ray left Morton, he said it was nothing at all to do with him. That is, of course, technically correct. But if you're talking about Crawford and contracts, and Ray and contracts, you're absolutely remiss not to at least consider this: Falkirk were found guilty of wrongdoing by an impartial SFA tribunal. (Among other things, Falkirk submitted an inaccurate timeline of events to the SFA, with phone calls missed out. McKinnon was not considered a particularly credible witness.) Nobody at Morton was found similarly guilty.
In other words, say what you will about Crawford, but he honors his deals. Meanwhile Falkirk don't. Then we get Tidser saying what a well-run, "nice" (his word) club they are, and how he was so happy there and all the rest of it. Are they nice, aye, inducing managers to breach contracts? Are they well-run, aye, being so crap at it that they get fined anyway?
edit: and I will say that Warren Hawke, for all his failings, conducted himself impeccably during the McKinnongate thing as well. Which brings me to another point. One of the reasons Tidser says he left is that it was all change at the boardroom, all change at the manager's level. He mentions Hawke by name. Well, perhaps realizing that Falkirk did their utmost to drag his and Morton's name through the mud wouldn't have gone amiss before throwing your lot in with them...
He does acknowledge that, with hindsight, he should have stayed, and it didn't work out. But going out of his way to make Falkirk out to be all sweetness and light while criticizing Morton doesn't sit well with me. Yes, some aspects of Morton are a bit of a joke, and he was quite right to wonder, what is the club's actual ambition here. But this treatment was unfair.
Edited by TRVMP, 10 March 2020 - 12:20 AM.