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  1. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    This transfer window:
  2. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    Ahoj Brno! This is a good listen, thanks v much (well, the middle 25 mins anyway - I have now bookmarked!). "Boiling with exasperation" is a very good description of what it feels like to be a Thistle fan a lot of the time, that's for sure. You're lucky to live in such a great part of the world, btw - I visit friends in Moravia at least once a year, and occasionally unsuccessfuly suggest we go along to a Brno match (and/or to see the overgrown old stadium - do you know if it is possible to access it to take pictures of the stands with trees growing on them, etc.?). Děkuji!
  3. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    I'll admit I was despairing of our prospects under Caldwell at Christmas - and again after the home draw to Falkirk - and I still think we may have left ourselves too far back to avoid finishing in the last two places, but this transfer window has been superb. To eject so many of Archibald's terrible panic-buys in a single window is extremely impressive, and the Keown-Anderson swap is almost unbelievable business. Only really Bell and Storey (who we're probably stuck with) are left who I would definitely punt. I can't remember the last time we had a transfer window which so obviously improved the squad, so full credit to him. Onwards and (hopefully) upwards.
  4. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    We disagree that Caldwell has managed him well. Hopefully he will get more gametime from now on (and Storey far, far less), Thistle will keep winning, and we'll all be happy.
  5. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    I have a different opinion from you and expressed it in a polite and respectful way. Read it, or don't. I don't care.
  6. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    I think Caldwell is a pretty poor manager on the evidence of his first dozen games and the extremely low points total he has gathered overall so far. The arrogance in his terrible media handling is just an aside. He won't be leaving before the end of the season unless we're totally adrift, so I'm not part of the "Caldwell Out" brigade; we need to get on with it now. Fitzpatrick is notably talented and should have been playing more (one start for a young player where he didn't impact the game isn't really giving him a go - I don't think he started or participated in any of our Jan league games till yesterday?!) especially during a time when we were desperate for some creativity and fearlessness in taking defenders on (e.g. Falkirk at home, when Caldwell left Harkins on far too long). Yesterday Fitzpatrick showed what he can do. Storey should have been playing less, or ideally not at all - rather than every week for the whole of Caldwell's reign. You obviously disagree; fair enough. Maybe (hopefully) we've turned a corner, maybe it's not enough. Our next three games are ICT and Alloa away and Ross County at home (Alloa have three home games). They don't fill me with any confidence whatsoever, but I would be delighted to be proved wrong and praising Caldwell this time next month.
  7. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    The time to judge Caldwell will be at the end of the season. We were 8th (I think) when he took over, and it remains to be seen whether his dire run of 1 win in 12 at the start of his time in charge will get us relegated (to be honest, it probably will). I wasn't there yesterday but sounds like Fiztpatrick was a MOTM candidate - the young talent who didn't get a sniff on our dismal run of losses and occasional draws in Oct-Dec. If we stay up then he'll probably stay on, as he seems at least to be able to recuit reasonably well. If we go down then he's obviously been a disaster for us. It's as simple as that.
  8. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    I like how short the club website announcement is. I suppose it would have been nonsense to thank him for his contribution, given that he didn't make one. An absolute charlatan signed last summer by a panicking manager. Archibald had already shown that he was unable to identify competent footballers, but was handed the task of squad rebuilding for a "promotion push" anyway. At least the first team squad now has a right-back... six months into the campaign, with us at the bottom of the league.
  9. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    Sorry, it's 1 in 13 isn't it? We were attempting our second win of his reign yesterday, with the usual end result. Strengthens the point that Caldwell is an absolute dud, anyway.
  10. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    I was prepared to give Heed a chance - but after 2 wins in 12, and failing to beat our main rivals at home, largely due to him leaving Harkins on the pitch until he was sent off, and listening to his banal comments every week, it's clear he is not the right man for the job. He is almost certainly not capable of keeping us in the division. Falkirk are improving, and have a competent manager. Alloa are doing fine, and are already well ahead of us. But most important of all, Caldwell doesn't seem aware of how critical the situation is, and his comments rarely seem grounded in reality. He's the reason we'll be in League One next season. If it's true that he's simply not picking Coulibaly when the player himself reckons he is fit (surely that means he could at least start building match fitness from the reserves, and/or coming off the bench) then that is truly baffling, almost to a "picking Miles Storey every week" level.
  11. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    Ah, I think I see where you're going here - a kind of butterly effect theory where for every "Archibald/Caldwell out!" / "Jacqui and Gerry are incompetent clowns" post on an internet forum, Miles Storey sclaffs a cross, McGinty gives away a penalty, one of our many keepers flaps at a goalbound shot, and/or Christie Elliott makes a calamitous goal-costing error. Who knows? Maybe you're onto something.
  12. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    Except that Erskine has been one of our best players when he has played this season (not saying much, but still...), never gives up, and yet Heed has barely given him a chance. Falkirk fans commenting that he gave them a very hard game last time when we won at Firhill, and this time he'll not be on the pitch. Hard to perform when you're on the bench (or dropped altogether), and yet frauds like Miles Storey who can't kick a ball are getting picked before you. Doolan has gone very quiet and is getting on a bit (like CE) but given decent service, which he hasn't had for a long time, he'd still be bagging us double figures every season. Who scored at Tannadice at the weekend? In short, Erskine and Doolan deserve loyalty because they both still have something to offer. Archibald should have been emptied straight after the final whistle against Livi.
  13. Who would bet against tactical maestro Heed securing his second win in only 12 attempts, away to Dundee United? I would. 7-0 Yinited.
  14. Partick Thistle 2018/19 thread

    I know what you mean, and loyalty is pretty rare in football - but we did stand by him and - albeit for selfish motives - pay him throughout a very long injury spell (2 years+ I think) when we had no obligation to do so, presumably including access to facilities and treatment. For him to finally get back to regular football in his ninth season at Thistle then to piss off after 6 months to Ayr United when we're in a difficult situation would be pretty disappointing. That said, it would also give us some insight on what he thinks is likely to be achieved under Caldwell...
  15. I hope we've switched on our excellent undersoil heating for this, to ensure that silky football will be played as the sleet blows across Firhill.