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028 St Roch's boss Paul Kelly: why he believes WoSFL lacks leadership & season preview

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Hi everyone,

We just wanted to alert you to our podcast and the fact we have St Roch’s boss Paul Kelly on our latest show, which is out now and includes a preview to the West of Scotland League season. The episode's synopsis is below.

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028 St Roch's' Paul Kelly: WoSFL lacking leadership & punishing teams who want to compete, clubs' honesty & sharing the pain, appetite for Ayrshire football to return & season preview

 

THERE’S been more upheavel in the West of Scotland League this week.

On the day of recording, 13 teams had confirmed they CAN’T take part as long as fans aren’t allowed into games. Lesmahagow have since joined them.

That’s seen the conferences redrawn and confirmation there will be no relegation or promotion.

In the meantime fixture secretary Kennie Young has worked like a Trojan to ensure there are games to play this week.

St Roch's have gone from Conference C to Conference A – and their manager Paul Kelly joins us on the show this week.

We'll hear why he says the decision-making at the new setup leaves a lot to be desired and the reasons he thinks show the league aren't respecting the clubs who want to play and those lower down.

Paul tells us why an idea of the football family doesn't match reality, asks why players weren't consulted over the decisions for the future of the league and tells us why he thinks there's an appetite for Ayrshire football to return.

Plus we’ll preview the season which starts this Saturday as both Pauls take a look at where the winners could come from in all three conferences and the Premier League.

It’s all here on Down The Divisions.

If you have any comments we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or contact us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  .

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Excellent interview Paul with very strong opinion on administration of the league but listening to his views there was very little you could argue against,his point of getting the games started to hope of fans being allowed in was very relevant,this podcast is excellent and worth a listen every week,wish St Rochs a good season in very testing conditions

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An absolutely brilliant listen. Some controversial views which I am surprised hasn’t been debated on here but he comes up with many great points.

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8 minutes ago, NE63 exile said:

An absolutely brilliant listen. Some controversial views which I am surprised hasn’t been debated on here but he comes up with many great points.

I really don't think points like the classic "Away game on a Tuesday night at Brechin", "Does Glasgow need another senior [SPFL] club?",  "Having to charge £12 or 15 to get in" and talking about St Roch's getting into the second division need to be covered here any more.

And at least he eventually worked out the Ayrshire teams can't have their cake and eat it with a local league and access to the senior Scottish Cup. But if clubs want to have some more local leagues then tier 8 should be regionalised.

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