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  1. Me when Tony works his ticket at Utd and is available in January
  2. Just as well it was after - shouting "get it up ye, ya bearded tit" during a wedding ceremony is usually frowned on.
  3. I think the most important thing for us all to get our heads around is what a successful season looks like under Hammy. Normally, I judge it against our peer clubs (and the ones that are a bit smaller than us) - if we finish ahead of them - good, if we finish ahead of some larger budget clubs too - great. This season, we're obviously starting from a far lower point than last season's league finish indicates. We're realistically a team trying to shake off relegation form (and performances) and expectations should be calibrated to that. I think this season is about staying in the league and actually making some visible progress in changing the style to something more entertaining and actually implementing a more medium term plan rather than a season by season rollercoaster reactive mess that we've become. I joked a few months ago that last season's angry football purists will instantly change to this season's angry "results are all that matter" pragmatists - and I think that is still a risk. It's easy to say that we all want good football - but will the majority accept that if we're sitting 9th or 10th for prolonged periods? (There are folk in our support that are perma-raging for their own reasons and hate everything regardless (or shout "get it up the fuckin park!" after 3 passes, before presumably giving pelters to the club twitter account about entertainment) - there is nothing to be done there) The last time we played good football - the brief Young Motherwell period was brilliant fun during a mediocre bottom 6 finish - so it is possible. TL;DR: Sign Gboly.
  4. I think this is spot on - except this season was - explicitly - not meant to be that as we supposedly built the team last season so we could be up and running with only a small number of ins-and-outs. Surely got to be one of the most frustrating things amongst the wreckage of GA's time.
  5. One other point - lots of us (probably me included although I can't honestly remember) had reservations about 'Flow getting his job at time as it seemed like a "lazy/cheap option" - but I think these were proved massively wrong and having someone that is so tuned into the club has been a massive plus in his time so far. The upside of Hammy being appointed is that no modern manager of ours will have been so much immersed in the club and interested in more than just the short term/first team (which feels like another very thinly veiled criticism of GA).
  6. All of our managerial appointments end in tears - it comes down to what happens in between.
  7. There will never have been a Motherwell manager who I want to succeed more - and I think he'll get more patience than most - but I still stick to my principal that no-one should be getting their first gig at a club like ours.
  8. Exactly - I would imagine we could 100% rule out anyone with any sort of OF connection (that's why we know it's not Lambert, Ferguson, Thomson) - there is literally no chance that would be kept secret, never mind one of the highest profile Celtic people.
  9. If we are going to appoint someone today (or even tomorrow) - the lack of ITK or the fact that hacks seemingly don't have a clue at this very late stage is interesting. [baseless speculation] If it was Simo, something would have leaked from Finland - if it was Hammy or another well known Scottish fitba person, it would have been known to the hacks here. I'm going mystery box 3 - someone that has not been involved in Scottish Football before [/baseless speculation]
  10. I tend to have a close season for hillwalking in late June and all of July because of holidays and family stuff - so I decided to start the new season with a bang and finally do something that's been bugging me for 20 years. The Cobbler was the first hill I ever climbed but at that stage, I had no idea I would end up getting into this as a hobby and so I took one look at Threading the Needle and said "err, no". 400+ hills later, it remained as the only technically "difficult" summit I still had to do - so when I saw the forecast for this week (and the nice dry rock that would result), I decided to finish work early and go for an evening walk to avoid the mad crowds (the main reason I haven't been back). I headed off from Succoth at about 6pm, said hello to about 100 people on their way down the zigzags of doom and was soon up at the Narnian boulders enjoying the perfect weather (light breeze, no midges). I don't get to walk on many motorway paths all the way to the summit now and I made good, sweaty time - and was up on top not much more than an hour and a quarter after leaving the car. First time looking at the dreaded needle for a long time I would have the summit to myself, which was a massive bonus - but there were two guys about to head down that offered to hang about and take a picture of me on top - so that was me committed There is a lot of hype about this but when I climbed through the window in the rock, the ledge was wide enough that the exposure was a lot less than other stuff I've done - and the two scrambling moves were straightforward and not that exposed. The only part of the whole thing that was both exposed and CERTAIN DEATH if you came off was a little saddle that you climbed over once you were on the summit pinnacle - but even that was technically straightforward. Short story - if you've got any sort of head for heights, it's very do-able. Obligatory evidence photo I climbed down, got my phone back and felt confident enough to go back up and take some photos. the down-climbs were the part I was interested in before but for a 6ft person, they were easy and I never felt any exposure. I hung about at the summit for a while enjoying the peace and warm rock and then wandered off in the (vain) hope of getting any edible food in Arrochar after 8:30pm. Oh, and there is always someone that puts your minor scrambling adventure in perspective - b*****d.
  11. This one looks so hilariously one-sided that I'm almost (but not really) expecting a shock result and an early season derailment of the Aberdeen Hype Train. The sad thing is, the current Motherwell team couldn't even go out and kick Aberdeen up and down the park effectively for 45 mins - an (enjoyable) tactic that worked well last season at Pittodrie - they seem a pretty meek bunch this year.
  12. It’s the best “take a beginner” walk in Munro world - if you do the ridge, it pretty much covers everything they’ll be doing for the next couple of years as they build their experience.
  13. I think it would be bizarre if we tried to get Malky the racist - especially as it was mentioned at the AGM how central to the future direction the whole “ethical community club” thing was in terms of reaching beyond our current fan base. This is hard for me to say but I’d rather have Alex McLeish back (and hand him a big transfer budget) than Malky McKay.
  14. In good visibility it’s totally fine but if the cloud is down, you need to be careful that you’re descending on the right line. I did it in full winter conditions and it was a steep but pretty quick climb up the other side. The drop and reascent involved in the last Munro was more of a pain TBH but that was because I was tired and it was tricky under snow and ice. One of my favourite ever days that one.
  15. I'm pretty sure this was the reason that I opted for the easterly way from Loch a Bhroan - makes it a relatively straightforward circular walk as far as I remember it... Campsite nr Loch an Nid
  16. I've split them various ways. First time on A'Mhaighdean/Ruadh Stac, we did it from Poolewe and camped at the causeway between the Fionn and Dubh lochs. Epic walk, amazing campsite and good fun way onto A'Mhaighdean. Another option for the eastern 3 is a (pleasant) walk in from Loch a Bhraoin and a camp across from the the slabs on Sgurr Ban - That was a *much* nicer way than from Shenevall (especially if you aren't arsed about Beinn a Chlaidheimh....)
  17. Will Simo Valakari get his dream job in Scotland? This is how his current boss commented on the matter Simo Valakari is high on Motherwell's coach list. ICE COMMENT PHOTO: EMMI KORHONEN / LEHTIKUVA Janne Oivio 17:58 KUOPIO Palloseura head coach Simo Valakari is one of Motherwell's top candidates for the head coach position. According to Ilta-Sanomi, the Scottish Premier League club went through their candidates at the end of last week, and chose their favorite options. This week it's time to interview the top candidates. According to IS information, Valakari belongs to this group. The former head coach of SJK and Tromsö has been in trouble before. In 2015, the employer at the time, SJK, refused to let Valakari out of his contract and become Motherwell's manager when the Scottish club offered him a position. At the same time, Valakari was on the pitch in 2015 and 2016. He represented the club as a player in 1996–2000. Now it is known that Valakari is again the top candidate for the club management. In a recent interview with MTV, Valakari described coaching in Motherwell as his own dream. PHOTO: TIMO HARTIKAINEN PALLOKERHO Simo Valakarille aukeamassa unelmapesti, mutta jääkö KuPS tyhjän päälle? Roman Eremenkon debyytissä hyviä signaaleja IFK:lle JUST as it was with SJK in 2015, Motherwell is also now looking for a new manager in the middle of the hottest season in the Finnish football calendar. KuPS is fighting hard for the championship with HJK and Honga, who are wedged in the title fight. The main owner of KuPS, investment banker Ari Lahti , is not immediately going to roll out the red carpet towards the airport if Valakar is offered a job. In addition to the championship, KuPS is still fighting for the victory in the Finnish Cup and it is at least this week still participating in the Euro courts. In the 1st leg of the conference league qualifying round, the Swiss Young Boys were stronger 2–0. Lahti, who generously finances the Kuopio club, reminds us that the value of the Veikkausliiga championship is really significant financially these days. - It is an entity worth at least one million euros. And if we win the championship, we seriously bet on reaching the group stage of the Eurocup next season. Champions' path to the group stage is significantly easier than others, Lahti points out in an interview with Ilta-Sanomi. Lahti thanks Valakari's work for KuPS and emphasizes that his value to the Kuopio club is very significant. - As far as I understand, we are not in that situation yet, and at this stage we are of course talking about a theoretical question. But if a situation came up that Motherwell really wanted him, then probably a pretty significant compensation would be required. There would be three parties, i.e. KuPS, Simo and Motherwell. Motherwell is a club owned by the supporters' association, and is not one of the most financially sound football clubs in the country. - I don't know if it will create a story with us. If the situation comes up, we'll see if a solution can be found that satisfies everyone. IS did not reach Valakari for comment. VALAKARI himself has spoken earlier in his career about the difficulty of Finnish coaches getting into the world. He has first-hand experience of it. Lahti emphasizes that all options are possible. - Of course, the other side of this is that, just like with the players, we also want to help the coaches forward. There has to be some balance for the whole to work. We have invested quite a lot in both Simo and the entire coaching team. If the conductor of the orchestra were to leave, it would be a really difficult situation for the whole. KUPS has been in a similar situation before. In the 2019 season , Jani Honkavaara was offered the opportunity to move to Belgium to coach in the middle of the season. However, the transfer did not materialize, and Honkavaara helped KuPS become the champion of Finland. The club that offered Honkavaara a job, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, was playing at the second highest league level in Belgium at the time. Since then, the club has been promoted to the main league and finished second in the league last season.
  18. https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/news/northern-part-of-rum-cuillin-closed-due-to-avian-flu/ My late August Bank holiday plan goes up in smoke. I'm beginning to think this walk is cursed for me - this is the 5th time I've had to can a trip to do the Rum Cuillin before I set foot on the ferry. Fully understand/support the reasons.
  19. IMO, we are in one of those pivotal moments that have characterised our long stay in the top flight as we going into one of those semi-regular seasons where we're not Top 6/Europe or mid-table obscurity but are pretty likely to be in the mix at the bottom of the table for much of the season. We've survived more of these situations than literally any other team and so there is no need to overplay it or panic but I'm not currently convinced that a short list of Hammy, Simo + AN Other (regardless of my fondness for the first two on the list) is necessarily what we need given what's ahead. If it comes down to it, Simo would seem the logical choice between Hammy and him simply as he's got a substantial management career behind him already and we should never be a first job for anyone no matter their brilliant service to the club. That being the case - box 3 better be fucking amazing as I'm not convinced that Simo is the right candidate either given the logistical difficulties of getting him and the fact that his knowledge of Finnish football will likely be rendered near useless as the chances of us bringing in lots of Finnish players will be fucked by Brexit.
  20. Up there with best car park view anywhere that one at the head of Glen Docherty - I still stop there every time I pass. Grey Corries (with Stob Ban) is a brilliant summer epic and would get you to 50 in a memorable way. I parked at the old tramway (NN255789) and walked into Laraig Leacach bothy the night before to shorten it a bit. Ring of Steall via Steall meadow is also a classic. Doing either when the cloud is down is a crime
  21. Levein would break my strict "no 80's Jambos" rule. Hard no.
  22. I've decided on balance that Paul Lambert would be my last choice of the names mentioned so far. Every Motherwell-related piece on every newspaper website would contain the words "Celtic Legend" as the SEO-goodness would be too good an opportunity to pass up. It's also easy to imagine every press conference - "So Paul, Ross County at the weekend; what was it like to shower with Henrik Larsson?" I barely survived the McCall era due to excessive boke - I couldn't take it all over again.
  23. I like McGinn so far I have to say. He started a needless 12 man rammy on saturday because he was frustrated - high potential.
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