Neil Lennon has joined the managerial rebellion against the SFA.
Yesterday Stephen Clarke, not Steven, announced that he fully stood by his statement about Willie Collum and was looking forward to explaining his position to the SFA.
Branding Clarke as a hothead or furious isn’t easy, there aren’t many pictures around of him booting over water bottles.
After overstepping the mark in terms of incompetency, with a decided weighting in favour of their friends at Ibrox, the SFA have tried some fire fighting in the last few days. Predictably it has had the reverse effect.
Aberdeen, led by Stewart ‘time to move on’ Milne came out with a statement that earned them the respect of almost every supporter in the country. They can expect a charge coming from the SFA and are now expected by their own fans to follow up and see through the words of the statement.
Clarke sounds like he really fancies eye-balling the Disciplinary blazers, he can count on the backing of Lennon, hopefully other managers will voice their support.
Reacting to Clarke being charged the Hibs boss told The Sun: “It’s ridiculous. Some managers are mild-mannered and some are outspoken — and I certainly wouldn’t put Steve in that latter category.
“He is very articulate and calm, so there’s a frustration from Steve there.
“I maintain Gary’s tackle was not a red card and I don’t think he is that type of player, either.
“What astounds me is that they appealed the red card and lost. I don’t understand that.
“And I didn’t think there was a lot wrong with Steve’s statement, either.
“So why is he getting hauled over the coals?
“I’m sure he will go there and defend himself and not retract anything.”
After working his way through the ranks at Partick Thistle Ian Maxwell is now in the spotlight and looking hopelessly out of his depth trying to manage the SFA.
It almost seems that being thought fit to run the SFA should be taken as grounds for ruling yourself out of a career in the game.
Clarke and Lennon won’t be backing down, for man of the people Maxwell now is the time to show all of the so-called qualities that he demonstrated at Partick Thistle or he can expect his glittering career to come to a halt just like Stewart Regan.