Yesterday West Lothian Council started court proceeding to get the back rent from Angelo Massone the chairman of Livingston Football Club. The day before the club failed to gain its safety certificate, that is galling and can only be a manpower issue as the stadium itself was still structurally sound last time I was in it.
These Italians came to Livingston's rescue last summer after Pearse Flynn admitted he was at the bottom of his pocket. The fact that the ex-chairman has managed to win his only court case concerning the football club last season while suing us for money has not unnoticed though. It does lay the hand of blame for the current crisis at both the current and former Chairman's doors.
If Livi do go into administration the penalty imposed on Gretna last season before they folded completely was relegation to Division 3. Livingson like Gretna have been down there before. Although not for long in either case. The 10,040 seats of Livingston will probably look like a constant ghost town without the occasional big support through from Dundee, Dunfermline or Partick again if that were the case. As the club didn't have this much stadium when we were last in Division 3.
In the meantime the club is limping on. Massone is saying no matter what he will stay. That he is working with friends to get the finances together, willing to pay next season's rent in advance and up the repayment plan from £10,000 to £20,000.
Well if he is going to do that why hasn't he done that before? A lot of fans are currently holding off renewing their season tickets as they have no idea what is going on, what is going to happen and if at the start of the new season the new coach John Murphy will actually have a team to manage, let alone fans allowed in the stands to watch.