Hibs Helps Torment Hearts Premiership’s Hopes of Survival While Ann Budge’s Dream of Rebuilding Tattered


Leeanm Dempster, the Hibs’ supremo, helped relegate Ann Budge to his face as high-flying clubs dashed any hope of reconstruction.

Sport Record may reveal that the CEO of Easter Road was one of half a dozen Premiership bosses who have banded together to torpedo any chance of shaking the leagues before next season. And she had to announce the news to Budge, the owner of Hearts, in an emotional videoconference, Jambos being now condemned to pass the next mandate of the championship.

A source told us, “It was a really difficult conversation for everyone and I think everyone on the call could have felt Ann’s pain when the numbers became clear.

“By the time she arrived at Leeann to declare her position, it was already evident that reconstruction was not being considered.

“But it was still a really moving and powerful moment.

“Ann had to sit there and watch the other clubs lined up one by one to send Hearts. “

The Zoom call came on the same day that FBCL sent an explosive letter to member clubs in response to the Rangers’ case released on Thursday.

Reconstruction was central to Dundee’s decision to change their vote and pass the resolution that ended the three lower leagues and gave the FBCL board of directors the power to do the same for the elite.

Budge is furious and is now considering his club’s options, with the Hamilton four-point Jambos after eight games of the season.

Accies vice-president Les Gray – who, along with Tynecastle’s head, chaired the task force – was one of the few to lobby for a new league organization.

But moments after the two-and-a-half-hour meeting ended, he had to send an email to lower league clubs to inform them that the plan was dead and buried at the moment.

This means that Partick Thistle is now facing life in League One while Stranraer is linked to League Two.

Reflecting on the meeting of Premiership clubs, the email said it “became apparent that there was not enough support for any prospect of rebuilding the league at this time”, although ” an enthusiasm to continue exploring reconstruction options for the future. ”

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He added, “I hope all of our efforts have not been in vain and that we will be able to come back with elaborate options for reconstruction at a later date. “

Aberdeen President Dave Cormack hosted the meeting at which top clubs did not make proposals put forward by the task force – including a 14-14-16 implementation – on majority vote was to be submitted to all 42.

Record Sport revealed on Wednesday that an overhaul should be killed due to concerns over a reduction in cash payments, the feeling being that survival should be a priority.

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Cormack, speaking on behalf of the Premiership, said: “The strong feeling of the group was that we must focus all our energies to get out of the crisis we are facing, due to the pandemic, to resume football in safely and to attract fans. return to the grounds as soon as possible.

“While the group sympathizes with the plight of the situation facing the relegated teams, it concluded that this was not the right time to consider immediate reconstruction in the midst of a crisis. “

Cormack added that the group is “willing to commit and resume these discussions once we have completed Covid-19”.

Partick hadn’t broken his silence but would be bubbling after finishing the season two drifting points with a game in hand.

It also kills hopes of Highland League champions Brora Rangers and their Lowland League rivals Kelty Hearts to join the senior ranks next season.

The Highland League said, “All members of the Highland League share the unmistakable disillusionment that will be felt by Brora Rangers and Kelty Hearts.”

The Premiership group plans to meet next week to focus on the cash crisis.


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