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Archives for March 2010

Celtic board can't afford another mistake

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Jim Spence | 09:18 UK time, Saturday, 27 March 2010

The Celtic board took the plaudits for previous good appointments, now they must accept the brickbats for hiring Tony Mowbray.

Neil Lennon is now in pole position for the Celtic job: a good run to the end of season and securing the Scottish Cup may be enough to land him the job permanently.

The Celtic board know Lennon's qualities well.

But how well did they know Mowbray before handing him the reins of one of football's most demanding jobs?

What was the recruitment process that saw them hire a manager from a club which he had relegated from the English Premier League?

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Is Vlad still the King of Hearts?

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BBC Sport blog editor | 16:42 UK time, Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Could Hearts be set to become a force in the land again ?

In their dismantling of Hibs in last Saturday's derby they looked like a team with real purpose and passion, and Tynecastle was a rollicking place to be as the Gorgie faithful rocked the casbah.

Vladimir Romanov's position though continues to baffle me. If you're a Hearts fan does it confuse you?

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Give McGhee money, not the boot!

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Jim Spence | 11:11 UK time, Friday, 19 March 2010

Mark McGhee needs money, not the sack.

The Dons board need to find some cash as a short-term fix to help their manager over this sticky patch.

But I want to know, if you're a Dons fans, if you agree or whether I'm out of touch with the mood in the Merklandor the discourse in the Dick Donald.

McGhee was certainly aware of the cash limitations when he took the job, but that doesn't mean he was aware of how limited his options were.

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SPL must seize the mood for expansion

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Jim Spence | 19:23 UK time, Friday, 5 March 2010

The only thing that's clear about any change to the current Scottish Premier League structure is how unclear is the attempt to get a consensus among the clubs.

Rangers boss Walter Smith favours an 18-club league, while St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown wants an SPL one and two. And others want all sorts of permutations in between.

Since my colleague, Chris McLaughlin, broke the story that SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster was mooting change, I've spent a chunk of my week talking to the league's movers and shakers.

There is definitely a mood for change and at least one of our two biggest clubs are in tune with that mood music.

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