This week, AFC produced its annual report, which displayed relatively commendable financial results in a year which contained the collapse of Setanta and a lack of financial reward for on-field performances.
This was partially down to a low wage and high bonus system for playing staff keeping the key wages-to-turnover ratio low.
However, this week also saw yet another defeat, the sixth in a row, meaning 4 points from the last 39 available, which casts doubt on the club's performance-related pay structure. What quality of player can we hope to obtain at such a low level of basic pay? They can be busting a gut, but if they’re not good enough then they will still be part of a losing team.
But more importantly, what motivates the directors and influential shareholders to want a winning team if the balance sheets remain fairly stable regardless?
See the published version of this article plus fans of other SPL clubs' responses to their team's performance at: http://sport.scotsman.com/newsfront.aspx?SectionID=14223, and in the Scotsman newspaper every Wednesday.