Why Sven Goran Eriksson should blame Peter Trembling for Notts County's woes
If Notts County go bust and slip into administration there is only one man I will blame - Peter Trembling.
The Magpies' debts stood at £1.5million last month and they are due in the High Court on February 24 to face a winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs over an unpaid £600,000 tax bill.
As I write the League Two outfit are subject to a Football League transfer embargo because of their cash problems.
Yet despite all their worries following Munto Finance's brief and ill-fated takeover, executive chairman Trembling has still managed to alienate a group of local businessmen who were willing to potentially save the club.
The consortium, led by Sukhi Ghuman, the founder of Nottingham company Octavian Security, had been prepared to inject an eight-figure sum provided they were allowed a 14-day period of due diligence.
But the deal has been shelved amid much animosity and anger - directed largely at Trembling.
And I just hope County's executive chairman can secure funding from another potential consortium he is in talks with otherwise the club really will be in big trouble.
No takeover means no Sven Goran Eriksson as director of football, no money to pay their large wage bill and certain administration.
That would be a huge pity for the world's oldest professional club - formed in 1862 - and their long-suffering fans who have been strung along by recent promises of glory.
I would even feel some sympathy for multi-millionaire Eriksson, who has loyally stayed at County throughout all their problems when he could easily have jacked it in.
But there will be little empathy for Trembling should County go bust as he has not endeared himself to the media since arriving at Meadow Lane.
He has treated numerous journalists with contempt and I would imagine there are plenty of scribes ready to happily pen his downfall.
I can't profess to know the man well but his determined defence of the club's previous owners Munto finance was certainly flawed.
Trembling was the man who smugly insisted everything was fine and above board despite growing suspicions over the legitimacy of the club's mysterious owners following a takeover last summer.
We were told Sol Campbell was a fool and had let everyone down by walking out on the club after just one game.
While the decision to sack manager Ian McParland now looks ridiculous given his successor Hans Backe only lasted 11 games before leaving himself.
When Munto pulled out late last year, Trembling boldly picked up the challenge of trying to secure fresh finance to sustain the club.
That was admirable but the reality is County have been a farce from the moment Munto Finance arrived until now.
And the only man at the helm the whole time is.......Trembling.
Perhaps he will after all pull in some new mega-backers who have millions to finally return the club to the Premier League under Sven's directives.
In which case Trembling's attitude and stance will certainly be vindicated.
But I doubt it.