Bolton Wanderers, in the Premier League as recently as 2011-2012 but currently sitting last in the Championship, did not pay their players in November. The club claims that this is a “short-term” problem, but the fact remains that the club is £173m in debt, almost all of which it accumulated during an attempt to remain in the Premier League. The only way this ends well for the club is if principle owner (to the tune of 95%) Eddie Davis is willing to forgive most of it- there’s no way Bolton survives in League One carrying that much debt.
Dundee United F.C. has reportedly banned Ross County traveling supporters from bringing their drum into Tannadice Stadium because of noise complaints from the neighbors. Anything to keep the focus on whats happening (not happening on the field) I guess.
Speaking of Ross County, it appears that goalkeeper Scott Fox, who got off to a great start with the club before injuring an ankle, will return to action with the reserve side/developmental side/U20s/not the first team this week after two months on the sidelines. Loanee Gary Woods has done fine in his absence, but having your first choice goalkeeper available again can only be a good thing.
Speaking of goalkeepers, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says that England goalkeeper Jack Butland isn’t available “at any price.” Come now, Mark, you played at Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea, you know that’s not true. If a club on that level wants him and opens their bank account to make it happen you will personally drive him to the airport and be happy to do it.
Scotland’s first opponent in Group F play for the 2018 World Cup will be Lithuania, who are about to name former striker Edgaras Jankauskas as their manager. Where have you heard that name before? Well, he played for big clubs all over Europe- CSKA Moscow, Real Sociedad, Club Brugge, Porto, Benfica, etc. and did well for all of them. But here at the Tanner Ba’ he’ll always be remembered for the season he played at Hearts (9 goals in 37 matches) during their “Lithuanian Era” and the partial season he played for the New England Revolution (2 goals in 14 matches).
I find myself quite pleased with a Columbus Crew – Portland Timbers MLS Cup…I may even watch!