But I'm distracted by Sir Alex Ferguson's upcoming 25th anniversary as manager of Manchester United. A phenomena. From Govan.
The SPL didn't even exist 25 years ago. We must have had football though, whatever they try and tell us.
Must have had it because I'm sure Alex Ferguson left a top flight Scottish club to take over a top flight English club 25 years ago.
But how could he have? Because football didn't exist in England 25 years ago either.
It's all very confusing.
Anyway, to celebrate here's today's match previews abbreviated to a Fergie-friendly 25 words.
Hibs v DunfermlinePuzzlingly enigmatic riddlers clash with the plummeting new kids on the block. Hibs look to turn a corner, Dunfermline to find a parachute. Home win.
Kilmarnock v InvernessBruised but victorious at Tynecastle, Kilmarnock host table propping Highlanders. Can they pass Butcher’s boys to destruction? Intense Shiels stares down angry Terry. Home win.
Rangers v Dundee UnitedTable topping despite titillating with slow moving financial tease, Rangers try denying Celtic the oxygen of hope. Can redeemed Houston inspire tangerine heroics? Home win.
St Mirren v HeartsUnpaid, overpaid, out of here? Visitors seek Paisley sanctuary as hosts hold tight to Lennon’s football karma. Goal gluttony afficianados should gawp elsewhere. (Tight) Draw.
How much is one Sir Alex Ferguson worth? Part One
Stability, wisdom has it, is the key to football success. Exhibit A is Sir Alex Ferguson himself.
Armed only with a bargain from Leeds and an Australian media tycoon with deep pockets he invented soccer as we know it. Or something.
Not every club is so lucky.
Here's a look at a quarter of a century on the merry managerial carousel endured by the eight clubs involved in SPL action today.
Then: John Blackley
Now: Colin Calderwood
In between: Alex Miller, Jocky Scott (sustained run as caretaker), Jim Duffy, Alex McLeish, Franck Sauzee, Bobby Williamson, Tony Mowbray, John Collins, Mixu Patalainen, John Hughes
Then: Jim Leishman
Now: Kenny McIntyre
In between: Iain Munro, Jocky Scott, Bert Paton, Dick Campbell, Jimmy Calderwood, David Hay, Jim Leishman, Stephen Kenny
Then: Eddie Morrison
Now: Kenny Shiels
In between: Jim Fleeting, Tommy Burns, Alex Totten, Bobby Williamson, Jim Jefferies, Jimmy Calderwood, Mixu Paatelainen
Then: not a Scottish League side
Now: Terry Butcher
In between (since joining SFL in 1994): Sergei Baltacha, Steve Paterson, John Robertson, Craig Brewster, Charlie Christie, Craig Brewster
Then: Graeme Souness
Now: Ally McCoist
In between: Walter Smith, Dick Advocaat, Alex McLeish, Paul Le Guen, Walter Smith
Then: Jim McLean
Now: Peter Houston
In between: Ivan Golac, Billy Kirkwood, Tommy McLean, Paul Sturrock, Alex Smith, Paul Hegarty, Ian McCall, Gordon Chisholm, Craig Levein
Then: Alex Miller
Now: Danny Lennon
In between: Alex Smith, Tony Fitzpatrick, David Hay, Jimmy Bone, Tony Fitzpatrick, Tom Hendrie, John Coughlin, Gus MacPherson
Then: Alex Macdonald
Now: Paulo Sergio
In between: Sandy Jardine (co-manager), Joe Jordan, Sandy Clark, Tommy McLean, Jim Jefferies, Craig Levein, John Robertson, George Burley, Graham Rix, Valdas Ivanauskas, Anatoly Korobocha, Stephen Frail, Csaba Lazlo, Jim Jefferies (includes caretakers who were in charge for a month or more)
Conclusion based on the eight SPL games being played today:
One Sir Alex Ferguson equals 81 Scottish club managers.
Science says so.
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