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  1. We’ve announced Dair’s away. Not a surprise, I can’t imagine any incoming manager would particularly want him in their management team.
  2. Think i saw somewhere he’s some sort of business account manager, not a branch manager. He’s the account manager for some large businesses.
  3. Feels a bit like the Goodwin to St Mirren scenario. If any full time club were to tempt Petrie into full time football management, it would be us. However, he seems to have a decent job at the bank. I’d assume that will have better pay and be a lot more stable than coming to manage us. Goodwin and Jack Ross are recent examples of people making similar steps and thriving. However, I’m sure there will be examples of the opposite happening. Every appointment is a gamble, but someone with no full time coaching experience seems like a big one. However, he seems to be highly regarded and if he is the man the board pick, he will have my full support.
  4. Nobody said that bringing someone from full time football was guaranteed to be better than anyone without full time experience. There is definitely an added risk with making your top target a man who has never coached/managed in full time football though. I agree with your point, no appointment is guaranteed success and they all come with risk. But, as far as I can see, nobody ever said otherwise. I still think it would be incredibly naive to make Petrie a top candidate, or to have anyone in mind without opening up for applications and seeing who might want the job. If Petrie is deemed the top candidate after a recruitment process, I will 100% back that. But I disagree with the people who seem to believe he should be offered the job, based on what he has done with a part time club in league 1. This would be a very different task and without an application/interview, it’s impossible to know whether he would be particularly keen and, if he is, what his vision/ideas for the club would be. Some people thrive at managing underdogs and can’t cope with the pressure of managing a team who are expected to win most weeks. There are countless examples of this. However, there are many examples of managers who have made similar steps and thrived. The main point I’ve tried to make is that it would be ridiculously naive to go out and try and headhunt Petrie, without knowing who else would be interested and/or may have better ideas/vision for the club. Every managerial appointment is a gamble. To appoint someone, or target a particular manager before a formal application/interview process makes the gamble even bigger. To do that for a manager with no experience at this level, or experience managing full time players, would be mental. We need to learn from the mistake of the Crawford appointment, not potentially repeat it.
  5. Personally, I’d be happy to see how Petrie does, if he was given the job, but I’m not convinced we should be making him any sort of top target. He has no experience with a full time club and I think we need someone that has that experience, rather than taking such a gamble. A lot of managers are well suited to part time/smaller clubs and can’t cope with that step up. We can’t really afford to be sitting here in a year’s time, having not progressed from where we are. If we don’t hear anything in the next few days, it’s probably safe to assume that Crawford is staying. If that happens, I don’t know how they’re going to market the season tickets for next year. I know a lot of season ticket holders who lost interest this year and may not renew, without any reason to believe that there will be improvements.
  6. I’ve been moaning about/focussing on the Wighton sub so much, that I actually forgot the tactical ineptitude that cost us the 2nd goal. We took off Murray, a strong CB that Crawford made captain, and moved Whittaker to CB to mark Ugwu - who is a powerful striker. Whittaker off had to be the change, unless we were switching to 1 CB. Honestly, his subs today are enough justification to sack him. Never mind our last 12 away games in the league.
  7. Went 1-0 down in a play off match and Crawford’s response was to take off our biggest goal threat/best striker. Get him out of the club, please. Not sure we had a single shot in the last 25 mins, after going behind. The man’s clueless.
  8. Whatever happened about Davidson’s alleged racist remarks to Todorov? Have the SFA just swept this under the carpet, or was he deemed to be innocent?
  9. Where does it say ‘matches against Raith this season’? The 4-1 game is under the “last time at East End Park” - where they give the match report. We do the same in every match preview. Give the match report of the last game between the teams at that stadium. The 5-1 game is mentioned where it should be. In the ‘last twelve meetings’. I’m not sure what your issue is here. Taking issue with a club’s match preview is honestly bizarre.
  10. Why would the section titled “Last time at East End Park” reference a result at Starks Park? You’re not very bright, are you?
  11. Because sky sports obviously believe that not many people would tune in to view it. SPFL, rather stupidly, made Premiership playoffs part of the premiership broadcasting rights. Fairly sure they could have removed them and still got the same amount of money. This means that sky sports have the rights to all rounds of the premiership playoffs. I’m sure BBC would have been happy to pay a small fee and show the QFs, but sky sports have never been interested. They don’t actually have any live games on Tuesday or Wednesday on sky sports, but still can’t be bothered showing games that they’ve technically paid for the right to show. Tuesday night, they actually have ‘Soccer AM: The Best Bits’ on Sky Sports Football at 7pm and Wednesday they’re showing a replay of Motherwell v Hibs from 2010...
  12. 7 changes is about what was expected. Paul Allan the only player involved that isn’t really involved in first team action regularly. So not a reserve/youth side. Just giving game time to those who haven’t been involved as much.
  13. Won’t be a team of kids. But would expect some of the first team players that haven’t played much lately will get a run out and players that have played a lot will get a bit of a rest.
  14. 1st leg of play offs is now Tuesday 4th May at 7pm and second leg is Saturday 8th May at 3pm. Season ticket holders get free access to home stream for QF. Semi final and final are being televised - presumably on sky sports.
  15. Could you seriously not work it out? We haven’t won an away game in the league since our first away game of the season and have playoffs starting 5 days after this game. With no chance of finishing 2nd place, of course we are going to take the opportunity to rotate the squad. That being said, last time we made wholesale changes to stay fresh for the playoffs, our fringe players drew 1-1 with Rangers, a few days later the first team went and lost to Stranraer [emoji23]
  16. Edwards is only 20 and might progress into a decent LB. But he’s one of the weaker areas in the team at the moment. I don’t want this to seem like we have a scapegoat and I don’t think many are intending their posts to say he will never make it. It’s simply that he isn’t at the level required just now for a first choice LB, if we want to make a title push next season. If we were asked to identify 3 areas that need improved, it would have to be GK, central midfield and LB. There are other positions we need to add depth/different options. But these are our 3 weakest areas this season for me. Comrie is one of the best RBs in the league and in Vytas and Watson, we have 2 decent CBs. I like Wilson in midfield, but we need another central midfielder to add more quality and help us keep the ball. Thomas and Dow out wide and Wighton/McManus/O’Hara up front are good enough. So I think adding some depth/other options would be enough there.
  17. Anyone who hasn’t been playing lately and is fit enough to start should start. We’ll need the full squad if we are going to get through the playoffs. Would expect Watson, F Murray, McInroy, MacDonald and McCann to start. If fit, I’d also expect to see E Murray, Banks and Wilson. Need to get these guys some game time before the play offs, if they’re going to be playing any part. It will also allow a lot of players a rest.
  18. It’s in the SPFL rules that 50% of ticket money goes to SPFL for playoff matches. Surely that remains the case unless the announce a change? Having said that, you’d hope they do amend things, as they’ve set a minimum price of £18 for each leg of the final - that won’t effect us though...
  19. Hamilton finished 2nd and were 1st with 2 games to go. They had a fairly good season (we haven’t) and got the ‘bye’ week, whilst 3rd played 4th. Two big differences.
  20. 100% agree with this. We’ve made the playoffs due to other teams being poor, rather than us being good. Fully expect to be on the end of an embarrassing playoff result, if we keep up our 2021 form. Got results in our first 5 games. Next 2/3 of the season (19 games) we averaged 1.05 points per game, before winning our last 2 we’ve played. We need change.
  21. Is it too early to start the complaints about season ticket holders not getting playoff games for free? Or to start complaining about 50% of the playoff ticket (streaming) money being pocketed by the SPFL?
  22. Yes, and we’ll complain if it’s too windy as well. Big teams like us shouldn’t have to play in windy conditions, like you get at Gayfield. It’s disrespectful that you force teams like us to play in those conditions - which clearly benefit you and aren’t the same for both teams.
  23. What a finish. Game over, we’re not the kind of team to throw away a 2 goal lead.
  24. If it was a foul, it would have been our free kick. Play carried on because we had advantage. You’ve been listening to Dick Campbell too much. Wait until his full time interview, he’ll say our penalty wasn’t even a foul.
  25. Arbroath want this more than us. Simple as that. We barely deserve to be level.
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