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CallumPar

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  1. Think we were below 2k a couple of times the season we finished 7th in league 1. But that’s certainly a sign of how bad things are amongst the fans, if we’re looking at that level of support again.
  2. “If we take away individual mistakes and the goals we have conceded, Saturday was a lot better” Genuine quote from Peter Grant, that we’ve put on the official site. The man’s interviews keep getting worse.
  3. The issue isn’t so much the one point from 4 games, as much as the manner of the defeats/performances. We scraped a draw against Morton, where we seemed lucky to escape with a point. We then played our next 3 league games and have been 2-0 down at some point before half time in every single one and have never even looked remotely competitive. On paper, you could argue that you couldn’t really ask for an easier/better start in terms of fixtures. But we haven’t just struggled, we’ve looked like 17/18 Brechin City. As I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t think the reaction/mood would be this bad if it just wasn’t ‘clicking’ yet, or if there were signs of progress. Unfortunately though, we’ve made the same mistakes and left the same gaps every single game. The manager’s interviews are also a huge issue, where he comes across as a deluded moron and refuses to accept any responsibility. I don’t know if you’re aware, but he’s publicly said that tactics don’t win or lose games, it’s the players that do. Leaves me questioning what he thinks his job is. He also repeatedly says that the players look great in training and this week, he has finally acknowledged “unfortunately, you’ve got an opponent playing against you, trying to beat you as well”. Seriously, read/listen to some of his interviews and you will understand why we have no time for him. I can already tell you where Inverness will find joy on Saturday. When you get the ball, aim for either wing and you’ll find acres of space and a CB will have to come out of position, then nobody will know what their jobs are at all. Likewise, if you ask Duku to stick with Ross Graham all game, he will enjoy a very very easy game. You will have the freedom of midfield, as we have nobody who will bother defending/putting in challenges. Despite Grant hanging Thomas out to dry, I haven’t seen any midfielders look interested in that side of the game. Out of possession, put pressure on our defenders/keeper and you won’t need to worry about our attacking players. The guys who are supposed to be playing it out from the back aren’t capable of it at all.
  4. Honestly, he’s the weakest link in the worst defence I think the league’s ever seen. In his 6 games in all competitions, he’s been actively involved in at least 9 or 10 opposition goals. That’s not even accounting for the amount of times his constant mistakes/poor positioning have resulted in chances that have been missed. It has become very clear that opposition managers and players target him and it is a very effective for all of them. In short, he has been terrible.
  5. Same price as Raith, so not sure what your issue is with the £20. Also, just tried myself. Can definitely buy concessions, did you try scrolling the menu to select concession tickets? This is the same system Raith use, so everyone has the exact same experience when buying tickets for Starks Park…
  6. I’d take Stevie Crawford back, or even take Craig Levein over PG. Doesn’t mean they’d be good appointments though. “Would they do better than Peter Grant?” cannot be the criteria. Otherwise just about anyone would be deemed a good candidate.
  7. We have the north west open every single league game - and have done for a number of years. There’s season ticket holders in there. Not sure why you think we’d close it for a game against Raith? We have the very end section, closest to away fans, closed but the rest of the stand is open.
  8. I appreciate it’s probably quite early, but away tickets are on sale for your trip to East End next month. Away tickets will be fairly limited, with fans being housed in the North East stand, as the East stand is used for away team changing. There’s probably only around 1,000 available. dafc.co.uk/awaytickets
  9. I don’t actually think many/any of our fans don’t think the players are good enough - other than Ross Graham and the keepers. There’s no doubt that the squad we have should be challenging towards the top of the league. Can’t comment on the coaching staff, but the manager has had us completely uncompetitive in every game, in one of the most competitive leagues around. That’s not acceptable. Since the start of August, we have been 2-0 down in every single game we have played, at some point before half time. The abandoned Raith game was the furthest we have got into a match before conceding the first goal as well. The board have to accept the blame as well, after the chairman bragged about appointing Grant (who didn’t even apply for the job) and dismissing 80 applications. The only other time this chairman had to recruit a manager, he announced Crawford would be interim manager the day AJ was sacked. The very next day, announced it was permanent. So, again, the board didn’t even consider any applications. I don’t think either of those reactions are over the top, when you actually look at the facts. Imagine your chairman doing a very public interview, bragging about ignoring 80 applications, to appoint a proven failure/disaster, who hadn’t even applied for the job. Then things go just as any person who followed this league would have predicted and they can’t even seem to acknowledge/accept that they’ve screwed up. That’s where we are.
  10. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/sport/football/2532056/dunfermline-peter-grant-dom-thomas/ So he’s dropped Thomas, because he doesn’t work hard enough when we lose the ball. I have to say, certainly in the Arbroath and Partick games, Dorrans hasn’t worked particularly hard, out of possession. The manager has refused to use a system that allows Dom to play in a position he’s suited to. He then decided to use him as a scapegoat/to try and send a message out to the rest of the team. It seems to have ended up with fans and players turning on the manager though.
  11. If this weekend is as bad as it has been recently, I don’t think I’ll be back until Grant’s away. Despite paying for my season ticket, I’m sure I could find better ways to spend my Saturdays than following a football club whose board now consider their own egos to be more important than the club’s future.
  12. Alloa didn’t have Ross Graham. Regardless of what we do with the ball in midfield or up front, we will always look likely to concede when we don’t have it or when it’s with our defenders.
  13. I feel like we should maybe bench Dow for Cole and bench Comrie for MacDonald again. Then we’d comfortably be winning the award for ‘strongest bench in the league. Thomas, Wighton, Kennedy, Dow, Comrie, Gaspuitis. Ignore the keepers, regardless of who’s on the bench, they’re both horrendous. But everyone wants their players on the bench to be better than those on the pitch, don’t they?
  14. So you just ignore everything else that’s been said and go back to your “haven’t won a league game in four attempts” nonsense? Obviously trolling. Noted and muted.
  15. Sorry, but 2 points and a GD of -2 isn’t the same as what we’ve had to endure in our first 4 games - 1 point and GD of -8. Other than the draw we got on the opening day, we have never even been in a game. Conceded 9 and scored 1 in the last 3 league games and conceded early on in every single one of them. In our last 4 games in all competitions, we haven’t made it beyond the 12th minute, without falling behind. Worth noting, we’ve never equalised and have always conceded the second goal - which also came in the first half of these games. We have honestly never been competitive in any of these games. I agree that the banners and ‘mass walk outs’ don’t make much sense to me and won’t really make a difference, but I can’t agree at all with your ‘give the manager time’ comments here. The only ‘pathetic’ thing here is someone who clearly hasn’t seen our performances/results against championship teams trying to say that the manager needs time and calling us all ‘little bitches’. Try speaking to anyone who has seen our league games, it’s quite telling that the fans of everyone we’ve played has commented on how shambolic we are. We’re making the same mistakes over and over. Same weaknesses are evident over and over and you can see opponents have identified them and are targeting them. But the manager doesn’t have enough of a basic understanding of football to identify/address these issues himself. Please, before commenting on other clubs and calling their fans ‘little bitches’, actually take the time to look into what they’re going through. Stenhousemuir’s start to the season seriously isn’t comparable to what we’re going through right now.
  16. Please go away, we don’t need any more Dundee United influence in here. United sending us the worst defender to ever play at this level on loan, rather than an actual footballer and letting Mehmet come here has been a significant factor in our season so far.
  17. If Stenhousemuir fans in general would just accept failure, it probably explains why we hammered them, despite having Peter Grant in charge. I believe that fans of any club would be demanding change, if they appointed a proven failure/loser as manager, stated that they were aiming for the title and witnessed what we have to date. It’s not self entitled, or old firm nonsense. It would be different if things just weren’t ‘clicking’ or if there were signs of progress. We have gotten worse every week and the manager leaves the same weaknesses/deficiencies in the team every single week and blames everyone and everything but himself. It honestly looks like we don’t train at all.
  18. By patg I just mean non-ST holders. Not sure anyone will ever be paying at the gate as such again. Certainly not any time soon. There’s no real need to, when you can buy a ticket on your phone when you decide to go, then just scan the QR code from your phone. I think you can still buy a ticket from the ticket office/shop on match days though. My point was that I would imagine those that buy tickets for individual games will be deciding against it for now. They certainly won’t be giving the club £20, just to walk out after 4 minutes.
  19. I do think that patg sales will be at an all time low on Saturday, as will the number of ST holders turning up. That will be a much bigger statement than any walkout - particularly in the 4th minute. Anyone planning to leave after 4 minutes, my advice would be just to not turn up. That will send out a bigger message and stop you from wasting your own time.
  20. Fourth minute makes no sense for a walk out. Be better going for 30th/40th/50th/60th or something like that. They’d probably get a better response. Unless we’re losing already, I can’t see many people at all leaving after 4 minutes. However, I would say that if the vocal fans in the north west are involved in this, that would have a big impact, that the board wouldn’t be able to ignore.
  21. Always felt Crawford needed someone experienced in as an assistant/director of football, to help guide him. When he was given the job, I kind of expected Jimmy Nicholl to come back and work with him. Even that summer, when Davidson left, I thought JN (or someone similar) would have been the best option for an assistant.
  22. I’ve actually just looked up this Alloa v Cove game, that convinced Grant to bring Graham in… Graham gave away a penalty and was caught in no man’s land for Alloa’s 2nd goal.
  23. Honestly, I think I’d convinced myself that anyone who cared about the club would want him out as soon as possible. If the board can’t see that, their stubbornness is costing us dearly. I don’t know a single person who thinks Grant should get more time. The biggest issue is potentially that nobody wanted him, because this is probably how most of us thought it would turn out. Admittedly, I thought it would be bad, but not as horrific as it is. Having said that, I wanted to give him time, but his attitude and persistence with failing tactics/players, along with his genuinely bizarre interviews (tactics don’t win games, blaming everyone but himself etc) has made it impossible to support him. Ross McArthur has been chairman for 5 years and I think most/all of the old board members have been there since 2013/14. By now, they should be well aware that their positions come with great responsibility. As with any company/business, mistakes will be made by those in charge. That’s totally normal and to be expected. But if you refuse to acknowledge your mistakes and don’t take steps to rectify things, you become a large part of the problem. These are all experienced businessmen. They know this. They will have made many mistakes in their own careers, but would have had to accept that and rectify them. I don’t know why they seem incapable of doing this, when it comes to the football club.
  24. Looking more and more likely that Grant’s being kept on, which is honestly quite baffling. Every week, I keep thinking “it can’t get worse” and it does. Our defending is horrific. Basic errors every week. Same mistakes/gaps every week. Poor runs of form happen, but when there’s no signs of progress and the results/performances/errors keep getting worse, there’s no excuse for not sacking him. The insistence to play Ross bloody Graham is sackable alone. It’s almost like making the decision to give opposition a 2 goal headstart every week. Having said that, I feel sorry for Graham to an extent. Our tactics leave him exposed. Every week, opponents make the most of the glaring gaps down the wings, when our wing backs have been instructed to charge forward and not look back when we have the ball. It leaves the LCB and RCB having to cover the full back and CB areas, which is near enough impossible. When he’s struggling for form, the manager should be trying to help him get back to doing the basics right, not making his job as hard as possible. Regardless of who’s in there, leaving the defence so exposed every week, having conceded so many goals through this, is just inexplicable. Do we work on tactics/shape at all? Do we review film and discuss who should be doing what? If the wing backs/full backs go forward, it’s basics that someone should know it’s their job to cover for them, when we lose the ball. But nobody seems to know their role and the centre halves look completely lost. These weak spots were exposed in the league cup against diddy teams and the manager seems lost/confused now that better teams are taking full advantage of it. Doesn’t help that our midfielders are so soft and don’t seem to possess any sort of desire to help the team. In this system, they need to do a lot more to help out defensively, but they’re happy to hide and avoid any kind of responsibility. But that lies with the manager, who signed these midfielders and still decides to play a system that just doesn’t work with the players we have.
  25. Any way we could just forfeit this? Think a 3-0 forfeit is the best scenario for us. Our GD will be even worse if we play the game.
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