This is a brilliant story. It's about Stewart Fraser, the FD at troubled Edinburgh football club Hearts. The press has been full of the machinations of new(ish) owner Vladimir Romanov, particularly the recent sacking of super-successful manager George Burley and CEO Phil Anderton. Even chairman George Foulkes has quit in disgust. Fraser is now "the only Scot in the boardroom" - but he sounds like quite a guy.
He was "a close associate" of former (and rather unpopular, it seems) CEO Chris Robinson, so he's been through three different regimes now. And he voted against Anderton's sacking last week, so he does speak his mind. But his own tenure in the finance function has been newsworthy in itself: "Annual meetings have often been a tricky affair for Fraser, who was shown an almost unanimous vote of no-confidence by a packed Gorgie Suite," says the Scotsman. "Indeed, he was even forced to apologise to shareholders during the meeting earlier this year, after taking a tone which upset Foulkes."
Can this FD survive the boardroom putsch? The Scotsman is dubious. But even if he's a prickly customer, I have to say I have a sneaking respect for a guy who sticks limpet-like to his finance function regardless of the stormy seas around him. And I love the idea of the FD taking a tone that offends the chairman! Sounds like a good, solid, no-nonsense Scottish accountant to me.