Opinion: Mark Dodson lined his pockets and Scottish Rugby paid the price

"Allowing a huge loss of over £10.5 million meant that Dodson had to leave the building. It is utterly unacceptable and he knew it."

Mark Dodson. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Mark Dodson. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

I AM not entirely devoid of self awareness and it has dawned on me, if only slowly, that I am a small-minded, petty sort of person. The Democrats in the USA don’t vote for Joe Biden but instead they vote against Donald Trump, and in similar fashion when watching a rugby match on the television, instead of choosing which team to back, I usually decide which side I most want to lose … and then support the opposition. Except when Scotland are playing.

In the interests of transparency that means I usually support any team playing against Wales or Ireland; on the basis that they have been far too successful and smug for my liking. I know, I know, England should be there too, but they have been so bad for so long that I have rummaged around the hollow basement of my emotions and uncovered a soupcon of what might just pass for pity. Oh, and Owen Farrell won’t be making an appearance in the upcoming Six Nations which makes them marginally more bearable.

With all that in mind, you can imagine my joy at seeing the overpaid dominos that have sat atop the apex of Scottish Rugby for far too long finally being defenestrated.


Mark Dodson resigns as Chief Executive of Scottish Rugby

A whistle-stop tour of Mark Dodson’s 12 tumultuous years in Murrayfield hot-seat

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First to go was Chairman John Jeffrey and speculation is rife as to whether he jumped or was pushed off the gravy train. Certainly, he has played a controversial role in the past, fully backing Sir Bill Gammell’s interesting idea of ending any and all club scrutiny of the Murrayfield executives. What could possibly go wrong? For far too long it has appeared that the Chairman and Chief Executive were marking each other’s homework and, to no one’s great surprise, awarding each other flying colours.

Jeffrey has been around Scottish Rugby and World Rugby for a very long time: a full-time, old-school politician at a time when the game is facing huge turmoil and in need of visionary leadership, not least regarding the class action on head injuries that has been launched.

Just to put this in some sort of perspective, the class action in the USA against the NFL for the same reason of head injuries was settled in 2015 for an estimated US$1 billion (£793 million). I would guess that World Rugby executives are not sleeping too well. Where is the plan to minimise or abolish substitutes which is the only way to halt the ‘arms race’ of ever bigger and more muscular players who only have to last 40-50 minutes?

There is some speculation that the Argentinean scrummy Agustin Pichot may be tempted to throw his hat in the ring to become Chair of World Rugby for the second time, having lost out to Bill Beaumont last time out, and we need to hope so because if ever an organisation was ripe for revolution it’s the chumps at the global governing body who organised three of the top five teams into one RWC’23 pool in France, frank you very much.

Just look at what the likes of Chile, Uruguay and Portugal were able to do at RWC’23 with almost nothing in the way of meaningful competition and the moolah that comes with it. Think what the likes of Chile, Uruguay, Portugal, the USA, Canada, Russia, Georgia, Nigeria and a host of others could achieve if the spoils of the game were distributed a little more evenly? Hell, Rugby Union may even become a global game rather than one played almost exclusively by Europe and their erstwhile colonies.

With the shield that was Jeffrey gone, the grasp that Dodson had on his seat was always going to be a tad tenuous. And without the protection offered by Dodson, the prospects for Gregor Townsend also look a little less rosy. Two third-place finishes in the Six Nations (in six attempts) and two exits at the RWC pool stages with the best squad of the professional era (© GT) are not a lot to hang your hat on and the new Chief Executive may feel it is time for a new coach … presuming he can afford one?

Money makes the world go round

The galling bit of this whole scenario is Murrayfield’s finances fiaco. When he arrived back in 2011 with a background in newspapers, we knew that Dodson had little knowledge of rugby and especially no understanding of the unique complexities and difficulties that face the game in Scotland. We could, we argued, cut him some slack while he got up to speed, but at least he understood the financial aspect of the game and, in fairness, he has raised revenue to new heights.

Sadly he has also overseen a rise in expenditure to new heights.

As Dickens’ Mr McCawber famously stated: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.”

Misery is right. Scottish Rugby is currently suffering a whopping £10.5 million worth of misery as that was the overall loss in the financial year ending May 2023. This was a punch to the nether regions, especially when Murrayfield’s Chief Financial Officer Hilary Spence referred to “strategic investments” when talking about what you and I know better as “players’ wages”. Where do they find these people and how stupid do they think we are?

Well, on that last question they may be onto something. The money Dodson has taken out of Scottish Rugby is eye-watering in size and utterly inexplicable. All done with our blessing, it is worth remembering. In 2020 alone Dodson was awarded an astonishing £933,000 which is utterly indefensible given the tiny size of the business. It is Scottish Rugby we are talking about, not Amazon or Tesla.

 

That 2020 pay packet was the high-water mark of stupidity/greed but Dodson has always been overpaid and, until recently, he was still sucking heartily at the teat of Scottish Rugby. We need to root out the people who signed off on this idiocy and show them the exit/hold them to account as well.

And just in case you thought Dodson was some sort of financial genius, following his revelation of the £10.5 million hole in the accounts, the boss remarked: “This is unsustainable in the long term”. The sort of piercing revelation that is surely worth the £676,000 that Dodson took home last year. Money well spent, I think we can all agree?

The sine qua non of any chief executive is to control spending and balance the books over the (longer term) economic cycle. Allowing a huge loss of over £10.5 million meant that Dodson had to leave the building. It is utterly unacceptable and he knew it.

Since he has been at Murrayfield, Scotland have won nothing of note bar the odd Calcutta Cup, and even they aren’t worth what they were due to England’s swift slide from challengers to also-rans.

While Dodson has been filling his pockets, the national team has managed a high of third place in the Six Nations and two pool exits at RWCs ’19 & ’23. During his tenure, Wales and Ireland have won eight Six Nations titles between them (four apiece) including Grand Slams, and still the Irish chief executive Kevin Potts takes home something around the €300,000 mark (approximately £260,000). That is the ballpark figure Dodson should have been earning in any sane world.

Hucksters and grifters, blowhards and bullshitters

You know what they say in poker? If you look around the table and you can’t spot the patsy, it means that you are the patsy. Scottish Rugby is always the patsy when it comes to hucksters and grifters, blowhards and bullshitters.

Everyone else sees them coming a mile off and heads for the hills or buries the family silver, but we welcome them like long lost brothers and fill our boots with whatever nonsense they are selling, like Dodson’s absurd goal of winning the World Cup in 2015 or a Six Nations Grand Slam before 2016. How’s that going Mark? Yeah, I thought not. Weeell, maybe next year?

Despite declaring just after his appointment that he was going to do the “very, very best for Scottish Rugby”, instead it looks awfully like Mark Dodson has done the very, very best for Mark Dodson.

He has clung on at Murrayfield far longer than anyone anticipated for one of two reasons. The first possibility is that he is truly wedded to the task in hand and doesn’t want to leave the job before he has taken Scotland to the very pinnacle of the world game.

The other possibility is that Dodson has handcuffed himself to his desk in the full knowledge that there isn’t another organisation that would pay him even half of what he is milking from Scottish Rugby and he was utterly determined to keep his snout in the trough as long as he possibly could.

You can decide for yourself which narrative is more plausible.


A whistle-stop tour of Mark Dodson’s 12 tumultuous years in Murrayfield hot-seat

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Iain was capped 15 times for Scotland at openside flanker between his debut against Ireland during the 1993 Six Nations and his final match against New Zealand at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa. He was twice a Cambridge ‘Blue’ and played his entire club career with London Scottish (being inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in 2016). Iain is a lifelong member of Linlithgow Rugby Club. After hanging up his boots, he became rugby correspondent for The Sunday Herald, before moving to The Scotland on Sunday for 16 years, and he has also guest written for various other publications.

37 Comments

  1. While we have to be thankful that his shameless snout is out of the trough, I hope lessons have been learned and that history isn’t allowed to repeat itself. I’ve yet to meet anyone who thinks anything other than Dodson had a hugely damaging effect on Scottish Rugby. I can’t help but feel that his intentions were anything other than to extract as much money for himself at the expense of improving the game.

  2. Any profits SRU have made in past it looks like the round face in the picture he has ate them .
    Bye Bye .Mr D
    CompleteOverhaul needed now starting at grassroots then upwards for the benefit of Rugby in Scotland

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  3. Passing infatuation, or the real thing, Iain…?

    In reality, are we further forward at EH12 as a Governing Body (far less a competitive international entity) – or in a better place now, in the absence of effective development systems or productive policies, with the heart and substance of the domestic game denied adequate succour and support?

    SRU finances have never been anything like as healthy or strong as repetitive regular preening PR puff under the Dodson (McKay, Grassie & Jeffrey) era had suggested, despite that £20 million Scottish taxpayers bung. With CVC now raking off its “pounds of flesh” revenues, the current business model is fundamentally weak going forward, while demands to upgrade and invest in the physical assets increase….

    Let’s not forget that if the money isn’t there to sustain the business, or indeed if it runs out (as it did temporarily a few years ago…) and the bills don’t get paid – then, everything else is meaningless, all the debate and argument becomes academic, because there will be no more activity as we have known it, and – worse – the gravy train will have hit the buffers!

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  4. I believe Dobson said Scottish Rugby was in a good place and flourishing. The game is in tatters below Glasgow and Edinburgh. Even the Scotland team requires to have non Scottish born players, so we can’t get our own, that’s is one of the things he should have sorted out, so that means the academy is not proving its worth. I know of many teams around where I live and coached used to have 3 to 4 senior teams, all of them now can only manage 1. I don’t think this is a localised problem, I believe this is all over Scotland. Why is this? The super 6 is a joke with all the rules that they can’t play for any other team. The money that Dobson got paid should have been better used to fund a better club coach development plan and a better Academy where staff really know to invest in talented players. I am glad he is gone and no longer on the SRU gravy train. On Dobson’s watch the woman’s game is way, way, way behind England, France and NZ and that will not get any better. There needs to be a radical change in the way things are run. I am glad he has gone. Unfortunately with loads of the SRU clubs money.

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  5. What happens now when Money cow Super 6 is cancelled .as it will be now that
    ‘He who must be obeyed’ has jumped ship .
    His folly has been the worst thing to happen for Scottish rugby .
    I wouldn’t like to be the one who has to sort this mess out .
    All these players and coaches who have been wasting their time in Dodson’s folly will have to find jobs let alone rugby clubs .
    A right horlicks .and I reckon more stories about Dodson will come out in due course

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  6. The reality is with a personality like Dodson for most observers it is extremely difficult to separate the achievements from the individual and view his tenure objectively. However my overiding sense is that if he had expended as much energy in stabilising and developing the game of rugby in and for scotland as he did in his corporate machinations to ensure the structures and people were in place to ensure his personal objectives were fulfilled then scottish rugby would have had better results on the field snd would have a clearer and much more secure future than is currently the case.

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  7. Iain sounds awfy bitter.

    Scotland are overachieving in our world ranking. Compare our situation with either England or Wales. We have recruited really well with players like Duhan, Dempsey, Tui, Schu etc. The guy at the top has to be credited with something.

    That being said, this is a £250k-£350k role for someone that really cares, rather than a £1m job!

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  8. If nothing else, the refusal to say anything of importance in the disastrous Cattigan incident is his epitaph, that alone tells me all I need to know about the corporate backslapper. And clearing house will be as usual when it happens the turgid hopeless ones will bury themselves in deep to hide from the chop !

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  9. Without getting hysterical about it, he does raise an interesting point about Townsend. I don’t know any coach in international rugby who has been retained for seven years – and counting – never mind one that has produced so little from what is allegedly his nation’s ‘best squad ever’. Hopefully Toony will feel the hot breath of scrutiny down his neck – a new sensation for him – from the new head honcho, who will probably not be keen to dither long enough to see whether he can make it a World Cup hattrick. The new broom needs to reach all the corners – without exception – and I daresay this year’s Six Nations will be make or break time. Again.

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    • Good morning Sonsie, I’m sure you know the schedule, home games against France and England leaving us with Wales, Italy and Ireland away.
      On the one hand the traditional thoughts on the French is they don’t travel well, hopefully: but England could be on the dead cat bounce so neither home games are Gimee’s.
      Wales in Cardiff, Italy the eternal Banana skin in the Eternal city and finish off in Dublin. It could well be Buttock clenching especially for GT and as you suggest that’s been the case for us in the 6N for years.
      The question is in this day and age of structured defense how can Townsend be inventive? Everybody knows where our strengths are and by the same criteria our weakness where do you think we will end up on this schedule? For sure it is critical to win our first game away to Wales and with France at home the following week and then England next we should go to Rome on a high and win leaving us with the Glory in Dublin as ever other views regrettably are not only available but potentially a more realistic assessment.
      But fingers crossed, who knows.

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  10. Think this could be repositioned. It’s not really an opinion as it is fact.

    From the moment the his £1+ million deal was made public it was really evident given how little Scotland had achieved in comparison to other unions and their respective leaders salary’s.

    It a ******* disgrace really. The slug of a man has not even added much professionalism to the place – the lack of apology to Siobhan’s parents is a disaster.

    I don’t see the value added to our game that he brought. He has only been a negative.

    May he eff off soon.

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  11. The misquote of dickens is hilarious. It was shillings (20 were a pound) and pence 19 and 11 pence.

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  12. The misquote of dickens is hilarious. It was shillings (20 were a pound) and pence 19 and 11 pence.

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  13. I read with joy…. Now let’s get to task two… replace the “current incumbent” head coach of the men’s team with immediate effect.

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  14. Looks like the numbers brought it to a head faster than anticipated. Hopefully not disastrous but given exceptional turnover in 2023, the underlying losses could be well above £10m.

  15. It has been a strange week in terms of Rugby Football for me, the passing of one of the greats, the plaudits and obituaries I can’t bring myself to read, a colossus of the game, and then the news about Dodson, as Jimmy Greaves used to say, it’s a strange Old World Saint, indeed it is, two disparate individuals that offered the best, the very best and the parasite that came with the game going Professional and the Carpet Baggers that followed.
    We wouldn’t have had a Dodson in the amateur days, in those days it wasn’t about how much money you could make, for the SRU or yourself, it was about the game, the players, the former players and the former players that became the crowd at Murrayfield and those marvelous Saturday morning fixtures before the International, friendships with the opposition that were repeated annually and in some cases for many years.
    All gone: thankfully Dodson has gone as well.
    As I commented many times, Dodson ‘the man not wanted on the Voyage’ with a chequered past regarding ability, the Manager of a Regional News Paper Small Adds Brief that scarcely offered up an indication of ability nor competence, the fact that a major News Corporation declined his brilliance and dropped him was in itself an indication that like some of the other ‘Waffle’ merchants from the Antipodes he was bulk and bluster, good grief he even had Members of Parliament questioning his Cavalier attitude to other peoples money, and MP’s in general are not the sharpest pencils in the Box.
    Where do we go from here? If only I could push the toothpaste back in the tube, but you can’t. As a convert to rugby from athletics of over 30 playing years I regret the loss of the wonderful world of camaraderie that I found on changing sport. I regret that you no longer look at the team sheet and see Jed Gala, Melrose or Hawick all the clubs that for me made Scottish Rugby something to be proud of a small nation that from time to time punched above its weight.
    Yes as I write this I’m at the end of a vacation sans news and at the end more than a few Ales and some Nippy Sweeties, but I’m not ashamed to say I preferred the game when it was for the players and former players and not some smart Rrrrr’s in a suit suggesting Pyrotechnics, Braveheart wanabees and vacuous blaring from some, well make up your own description, of the individual on the Tannoy.
    But, at least Dodson has gone. Thoughts offered up with apologies to Mr. Milne and the fact that other views are available.

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  16. Woke up this morning .
    Just a normal day .i thought .

    Then heard this news that he’s gone .
    What a great day it’s been for the whole of Scottish rugby .
    A right chance to get rid of his hinger ons . who are bleeding Scottish rugby dry.

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  17. Good Riddance, hopefully Club Rugby will be a priority now. The game has changed but grassroot rugby needs to be addressed.

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  18. As a long life scot who played rugby and lives in england and has debenture seats and goes to all games at murrayfield the changes i have seen both in the actual game and the administration are massive but sadly going backwards. 5 years ago i had a query buying my annual tickets and was advised when i questioned the ever increasing cost that no less than 140 people were employed in total in the ticket office accounts office and community relations department. That told me everything!. An overmanned and overpaid organisation.
    Before the likes of me put our hands in our pockets to build the stands the ticket allocation was done by a part time secretary someone Hogg no relation to stuart! who did it all in his spare time and no doubt it cost the SRU a dinner and a well deserved gold watch when he retired.
    As well as Sru needing change the game needs changing
    Here are my first three key changes
    1 Replacements three in total. One forward one back and one scrum half. These subs come on if injury in first half or at half time. In second half only one further change and the guy that went off at half time comes back
    Second one is scrums and we have the ball going in straight with a hooker in the middle and not three props in the fron row
    Thirdly penaltykicks. You can only kick at goal for three points if the offense is inside the 22
    These three changes plus all these water carriers coming on giving instruction stop it
    Rugby was a great sport to play and watch. Lets get back yo basics both on and off the field

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  19. Do people not remember the absolutely appalling, turgid, hapless, hopeless mess that Scottish rugby was both on and off the pitch at most levels prior to Dodson coming in?

    May have dropped the odd clanger but he’s dragged Scottish rugby forwards out of the doldrums where it was dying.

    Short memories and amateur mentalities harking back to the 90s whilst rugby has moved on (and thankfully Dodson dragging Scottish rugby along to catch up).

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  20. It’s hard not to gloat BUT I have it on very good report that the SRU is hugely overstaffed with an apparent inability to manage staff costs.Bricks will need to be removed from the pyramid gradually but hopefully this will eventually release more money for the grass roots game. Misplaced optimism?

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  21. I’ll be so glad to go back to the good old days prior to when Mark Dodson took over. I remember fondly the joys of watching our National team perform with such panache in a full, vibrant Murrayfield. The glory days 2000-2010.
    As a nation prior to that we dominated the rugby world, I remember fondly the 3 Grand Slams we have won in our 150 year existence. Now that he has gone we can look forward to the good old glory days. 😊

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    • I don’t understand what this is supposed to mean.

      Modest historical success in the amateur era justify him receiving remuneration in line with a FTSE 100 corporation?

      Is the bloated stable of troughers beneficial to improving our win ratio?

      The u20s getting beaten by up to 80 points is just a wee blip?

      Top to bottom cronyism/nepotism – playing and non playing staff – isn’t worth a grumble?

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    • Iain, I guess from your comments that you are supportive of what Dodson has achieved during his reign and that he has been good value for money? The national team were really in the doldrums for too many years in the early part of this century, but as Iain Morrison points out we have hardly become world beaters since Dodson and his cronies were appointed. This is a strong article by Iain Mo’ which will echo how many who love the game in Scotland are currently feeling. Good riddance to Dodson and I can only hope that his chosen successor has some grasp of Scottish rugby and a vision of what it can be, rather than focusing on his bank balance. I wonder if Dodson even knows the Offside Line exists. He should do but I doubt it?

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      • I can assure you that MD is well briefed on social media comments about him especially from Offside Line.

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      • It is possible to have have two opposing views which Iain is trying to highlight. Good at some stuff, we’ve gone from Gordon McKie who was running up debts and had really poor product on the park vs Dodson failings with his inter personal skills (Cattigan and Russell Snr incidents) and being grosely overpaid (which shows the board were spineless in giving it to him).

        At least Grumpy Uncle Tom at the BBC can write an unbiased critical article highlighting the actual story.

    • By all means Mr. Milne have a sense of humour but the Dodson era only qualifies as a sick joke.
      Admittedly since the professional era many strange decisions were made from the hallowed halls, 2000 – 2010 wasn’t that in part the magnificent Matt Williams era? Who selected Scott Johnson the maestro pie Muncher general to follow on from Andy Robinson?
      Who pocketed in One Year over £900k almost 4 times the remuneration of his Irish counterpart? Just how much of the £10.5 million loss on the books can equate and be accounted for by 13 years of Enron accounting and the over valued salary and bonus handed out to Dodson?
      How can you even offer support for that?
      Giants of Scottish Rugby by Jeff Connor is my go to book for waiting rooms a compilation of former Giants of the game and you frequently receive plaudits from your Peers that anyone would be pleased to have both on and off the field, but the support you appear to offer up to Dodson and the SRU in its recent form looks more like an unofficial CV and I find it difficult to see you as an ‘establishment’ entity but that is how your thoughts above appear to be, at least in my view.
      For multitude of reasons the Grass roots of the game are struggling in the professional era, something the SRU have not addressed by all accounts by individuals far closer to Scottish rugby than myself, that’s where the up and coming players start. What of our U18 and U20’s can we be satisfied with their directive from the governing body? Why does it appear to me that there are a heck of a lot of non qualified Scots in the Super6 or journeymen players although I am content to be corrected on that point.
      But the greatest mystery to me is how anyone can observe Dodson’s performance over the past 13 years without thinking about the Keith Russell affair or the idiotic incident in Japan, not only does he get an exorbitant salary and bonus, he engages his mouth without engaging brain and costs the SRU thousands in a WR fine, and no doubt there are more costs to come.
      Scottish rugby needs leadership at Roseburn Street, on the training ground and on the field, I hope we can all support the hope that the next incumbent [and his appointee’s] will have ability and will be remunerated at the appropriate rate for the Job rather than ‘flannelling’ his way as Dodson obviously did to a Gravy Train much to Scottish Rugby’s cost.

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    • By all means Mr. Milne have a sense of humour but the Dodson era only qualifies as a sick joke.
      Admittedly since the professional era many strange decisions were made from the hallowed halls, 2000 – 2010 wasn’t that in part the magnificent Matt Williams era? Who selected Scott Johnson the maestro pie Muncher general to follow on from Andy Robinson?
      Who pocketed in One Year over £900k almost 4 times the remuneration of his Irish counterpart? Just how much of the £10.5 million loss on the books can equate and be accounted for by 13 years of Enron accounting and the over valued salary and bonus handed out to Dodson?
      How can you even offer support for that?
      Giants of Scottish Rugby by Jeff Connor is my go to book for waiting rooms a compilation of former Giants of the game and you frequently receive plaudits from your Peers that anyone would be pleased to have both on and off the field, but the support you appear to offer up to Dodson and the SRU in its recent form looks more like an unofficial CV and I find it difficult to see you as an ‘establishment’ entity but that is how your thoughts above appear to be, at least in my view.
      For multitude of reasons the Grass roots of the game are struggling in the professional era, something the SRU have not addressed by all accounts by individuals far closer to Scottish rugby than myself, that’s where the up and coming players start. What of our U18 and U20’s can we be satisfied with their directive from the governing body? Why does it appear to me that there are a heck of a lot of non qualified Scots in the Super6 or journeymen players although I am content to be corrected on that point.
      But the greatest mystery to me is how anyone can observe Dodson’s performance over the past 13 years without thinking about the Keith Russell affair or the idiotic incident in Japan, not only does he get an exorbitant salary and bonus, he engages his mouth without engaging brain and costs the SRU thousands in a WR fine, and no doubt there are more costs to come.
      Scottish rugby needs leadership at Roseburn Street, on the training ground and on the field, I hope we can all support the hope that the next incumbent [and his appointee’s] will have ability and will be remunerated at the appropriate rate for the Job rather than ‘flannelling’ his way as Dodson obviously did to a Gravy Train much to Scottish Rugby’s cost.

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    • So Milne has nothing to say about the disgusting way Siobhan Cattigans family were treated, the appalling way that Keith Russell was treated, the collapse in players numbers, the total demise of rugby in state schools, the disasterous state of u20s or the massive financial losses…..just nasty sarcastic cheap shots at people he sees as Plebs because they have the audacity and gall to care more about the health of our sport rather than trying to reach the bottom of the trough.

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    • I knew that you and Dobson had things in common like the same Edinburgh pie shop and spouting bolloocks

    • Passing infatuation, or the real thing, Iain…?

      In reality, are we further forward at EH12 as a Governing Body (far less a competitive international entity) – or in a better place now, in the absence of effective development systems or productive policies, with the heart and substance of the domestic game denied adequate succour and support?

      SRU finances have never been anything like as healthy or strong as repetitive regular preening PR puff under the Dodson (McKay, Grassie & Jeffrey) era had suggested, despite that £20 million Scottish taxpayers bung. With CVC now raking off its “pounds of flesh” revenues, the current business model is fundamentally weak going forward, while demands to upgrade and invest in the physical assets increase….

      Let’s not forget that if the money isn’t there to sustain the business, or indeed if it runs out (as it did temporarily a few years ago…) and the bills don’t get paid – then, everything else is meaningless, all the debate and argument becomes academic, because there will be no more activity as we have known it, and – worse – the gravy train will have hit the buffers!

  22. A man whose disgraceful, unethical, ego-centric, and potentially illegal intervention after the death of Siobhan Cattigan should still be subject to a full examination in a fatal accident enquiry. His actions brought shame on Scottish rugby. A good riddance, and lomg, long overdue.

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  23. Great piece Iain…to the point & to the heart of the matter – a full clear out from top to bottom is now required!
    As long as the lunatics are running the asylum we continue to be doomed!

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