Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Crisis, what crisis?

Not for the first time I’m going to need to hold up my hands and admit: "I got it wrong."

I really did not see Aberdeen losing last night. Maybe I should have done but I honestly couldn’t see how they could follow their performance on Saturday with a disaster against a lower division side. My Aberdeen supporting friends would tell me this is exactly because I am not an Aberdeen fan. A true believer would have fully expected this result.

Anyway, another bad night for the Dons. Mark McGhee was apparently spat at by home fans at the end of the game. Obviously there is frustration and the relationship between managers and supporters is strained. But spitting at someone? Mingin’.

One by-product of the defeat is that Aberdeen teeter on the brink of becoming an "SPL Crisis Club."

"Crisis club" is really nothing more than media shorthand. But it is remarkable just how many clubs seem to fit the definition these days.

Back in the day, before we all became obsessed with football finance, “Crisis Club” was a sobriquet likely to be earned for form on the pitch alone. Now it can be applied to clubs with cash problems as well as football problems.

This season we’ve already had:

Rangers (Reason: financial. Status: ongoing)
Celtic (Reason: football. Status: ongoing)
Kilmarnock (Reason: financial/football. Status: ongoing/threat lifting)
Hearts (Reason: financial. Status: ongoing)
Falkirk (Reason: football. Status: ongoing)

Loss of managers and loss of form left Motherwell and Dundee United flirting with the title over the winter but both have managed to avert the danger. With St Mirren apparently unable to buy an SPL win they look like they could be about join the gang although a cup final and a reasonably solid club structure is protecting them for now.

Aberdeen’s bid for inclusion makes them the 9th club to be either make the list or hover around it looking needy. 75% of the league. We should really be calling the SPL a crisis league.

So which club has the worst crisis? Which clubs are unfairly included in my list? Which clubs don’t appear above but should?