Comment: Future looks bleak for Partick Thistle on and off the pitch

Was it really only just over two years ago that Partick Thistle were celebrating a top-six finish in the Scottish Premiership, their highest league position in almost four decades?

Gary Caldwell lost his job at Partick Thistle following a poor run of results. Picture: Bruce White/SNS
Gary Caldwell lost his job at Partick Thistle following a poor run of results. Picture: Bruce White/SNS

Boardroom upheaval and ongoing uncertainty off 
the pitch now cast a long shadow over the Firhill club who play host to Dunfermline Athletic this afternoon in a Championship basement battle.

Having only survived the threat of back-to-back relegations by five points last season, there was little evidence of improvement under Gary Caldwell’s management this campaign. His dismissal 
earlier this week came as no surprise.

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But Thistle’s problems clearly extend far beyond their search for a first league victory of the season.

Alarm bells started ringing when EuroMillions lottery winner Colin Weir, who had invested £2.5 million in the club, announced last month he would be withdrawing his financial support which included £6m he had set aside for a new training ground.

Thistle supporters’ groups have raised concerns over a proposed takeover of the club by American businessman Chien Lee, who also has a controlling stake in Barnsley, and are pushing for a fan-ownership model instead.

The old maxim about 
everyone in Scottish football having a soft spot for the jolly old Jags can be overstated but it must be hoped they can emerge safely from their 
current turmoil.